Good Friday Year C: Ideas to help you share the RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

If you are a parent or Guardian

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

You have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

READ/WATCH: Horton Hears a Who By Dr Suess this is a very long read for a small person, so dip in and outlet them come and go. I chose it as it is a wonderful story of faith and putting yourself out for something you believe in.

PRAY: Many people help me God,

Help me to Help others too.

PLAY: if you have a play mat, find all the people that you could help.


Psalm 22: Don’t leave me!

My God, my God, how could you leave me? (clench your fists)
Just when I needed you most, you are gone! (point your finger from one of the clenched fists)
I am eaten up by pain, (wrap you arms around your body)
my life is pouring down the drain (hang your head)
Around and around rage the forces of hate. (look all around you)
Is this the end? Is this my fate? (point your hands palm upwards)
The answer bursts open the grave – (look of surprise)
Christ, who died, is alive! (open your mouth wide)
Tell the world, for all time – (clasp your hands around your mouth like a megaphone)
death is defeated, Christ is alive! (hold your hands open wide in the air)

words by, actions by me.

IF your congregation ends Good Friday with acknowledgment of the resurrection, do not read the last 4 rows today)

COLOURING IN:  You may have bought this series last year so check your download folder.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:16-25

SING: Number 10

READ: IN My Heart A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek. If you have a physical copy of the book, rather than reading it all today you could just pick out some relevant pages

DRAW: What colour would your heart be today? Draw a heart of that colour.

OR Hebrew 4:14-16, 5:7-9

READ/WATCH: We Found a Hat By Jon Klassen

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PRAY: Jesus prayed Lord

Help me to pray to you too

Help me to be still (practice being still)

and listen to you.


NEW TESTAMENT: John 18:1-19:43

READ/WATCH The Way Of the Cross

ACTIVITIES: Down load the free bookmarks (very useful for retelling the story) and the Colouring in Sheet

OR Buy the activity pack at the end of the screen, which has many options for all ages.

OR READ: My First read a loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff Jesus is left to die pp.220-221

ACTIVITY: Draw a very colourful happy drawing, then place a black sheet over it, or colour over it with a black crayon, or non drip children’s paint.

Ask your child how they felt when they drew their happy picture?

Then how it felt when it was covered over?

Explain that Jesus’s disciples must have been as confused or sad as you are when your happy picture was taken away


For more ideas see As last years readings are the same as this year.


Wendy L.


Good Friday: Suggestions for helping 3’s and under connect with the RCL readings

With such a short week, and preparations for the long weekend, or the start of the school holiday’s for Victoria and Queensland, prepare in advance, so you just have to pick up the bag and go.

You might need

Black paper

Black pencil, texta or crayon.

Journal or bank pages for drawing


May need to print×11 (This series has 9 colouring in pages, including a simplified version for younger hands. They cover the Psalms in the RCL until Easter Sunday. I do suggest you purchase them, just remember the price is in $US so will be slightly higher and may attract an international transaction fee. You might like to share this product with other families or ask your congregation to purchase it for you.) colouring in page



Please God by Stephanie Carmichael

Are you my mother? by PD Eastman

The Lion Story Book

The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones


DRAW: create a  Black on Black drawing.

You will need black paper and either a black pencil, crayon, or texta.

OR let them draw any part of this long reading that attracts them.


READ: Books for Little Ones Please God by Stephanie Carmichael

OR Are you my mother? by PD Eastman

Every child knows that feeling of abandonment,  talk to them about how they feel the they are separated from you.


PRAY: Dear God help me to remember you love me. Amen from Please God by Stephanie Carmichael


DRAW: a love heart

MAKE: a heart shape with your hands.

OR HEBREWS 4;14-16, 5:7-9


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GOSPEL: JOHN: 18:1-19:43



the free colouring in page at the bottom of the screen.

OR The Lion Story Book pp. 204-216


for Protestant use I would only use Mary in p.6 and delete p.7. or just use the empty cloth.

great way to express themselves in play. If the child is young, have this ready for them to just play with, print on thick paper so they can stand up by themselves and remember for hygiene reasons DO NOT use toilet rolls. If you really have time you can laminate for longer life.