Lent 3B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today


These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.

They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.

You have found a page that uses easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings with children. Instead of sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts; this is a one stop shop where I have done the sifting for you to find theologically and developmentally appropriate material for your congregation or family.

If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space to bring out or keep up through Lent.

The colour of Lent is purple, not the same blue based purple as Advent but a red based purple.

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some sand (to symbolise the desert times of the people of God), or cactus plants, some rocks(to represent challenge) for example. Today you might add some ashes, or black drawing materials and some white paper to encourage your family to respond to the readings.

A Book that I would rcommend for sharing about Lent with Children is Make Room A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter by Laura Alary You can see an adaption of this book in a Godly Play method here

If able to worship in the Chruch buildings pack a special backpack, as well as filling it with your Covid Safe equipment, add the books or materials required to help your young ones relate to readings.

For adults and older students you might like to take a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write a response in and keep a record of emotions.

You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or either of these suggestions can be used when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.

either IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE


READ: THE WHIRL Story Bible pp.70-73

and the SPARK Story Bible pp98-99

OR Children of God by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The 10 Commandments pp.36-37

SING: Practise Being Godly by Colin Buchanan, there is a song for all 10 commandments




SING: SEEDS Family Worship Scripture Music Lullaby: Acceptable

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

READ: The Hat by Jan Brett


read why this was suggested here

Questions: I wonder what foolish things you know of that have turned out to be good ideas?

PLAY: Play with things that give you a different perspective on things, ie magnifying glass, bug lenses, cellephane, standing on your head,

GOSPEL READING: John 2:13-22


DRAW: draw this story. What emotions would you draw? Who would have those emotions?



you know what it is to be human

you have experienced every emotion

I can tell you anything I’m feeling



Wendy L.

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Lent 3: ideas to help share this Sunday’s RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

These suggestions are for use with the 3’s and under who are in worship with you. Or use them during the week to keep connecting with Sunday’s worship.

You may need to organise some resources before Sunday and place in a special Church Bag so you can pick it up and run and have everything with you to share worship with your little one.


The Lion Picture Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

The Lion Story Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  https://www.koorong.com/search/product/my-first-read-aloud-bible-mary-batchelor/9781860247712.jhtml

The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-jesus-storybook-bible-sally-lloyd-jones-jago/0310708257.jhtml can also be purchased on Kindle



https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 (The price you pay will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will possibly refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11 (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.)


Games, such as Go fish or checkers if they are age appropriate

Plain paper or Journal


PREPARE: You could make heart commandment puzzle jigsaw like the one shown in the Godly Play video below. You don’t need the heart shaped box, BUT STICK TO THE HEART SHAPE and you can make out of cardboard or yardstick, and let your child decorate the heart jigsaws.


READ: The Lion Story Bible pp. 54-55

OR The Lion Picture Bible pp.86-87

OR My First Read A-loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff pp.54-55

OR The Jesus storybook Bible p.105-106

PLAY: As this passage speaks about rules within community, Play games, these have rules, it could be peek a boo, the drop the toy/ and you will pick it up game, mix and match, Go Fish, or whatever game your child loves to play, and is age appropriate.

WATCH: This is a favourite but is still too advanced for many toddlers, yet I have watched the under threes walk in and out of Godly Play stories and still show what they understood. So give it a go. START at the 5 MIN. 33 sec mark.


MAKE/PLAY: This requires a bit of preparation. You could make heart commandment puzzle jigsaw like the one shown in the Godly Play video. You don’t need the heart shaped box, BUT STICK TO THE HEART SHAPE and you can make out of cardboard or yardstick, and let your child decorate the heart jigsaws.


COLOURING IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11

OR http://www.mediacomeshop.org.au/test/index.php?route=product/product&path=90_91&product_id=254

DRAW:  a face expressing the emotion of parts of or each verse. Eg: Excited or Joyful

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

WATCH/READ: Suggestion by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-march-4-2018/

DRAW: A treasure map. Draw your treasure?

PRAY: Dear God,

Help me to be wise

and search (put your hand above your eyes and move your head from one side to the other as if searching for something)

for you (palms out open your hands away from the body)


GOSPEL: John 2:13-22

READ: The Lion Story Bible p. 202

OR The Lion Picture Bible pp.319-320

OR My First Read Aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff p. 210-211

COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018

DRAW: What would you protect. What is important to you.

PRAY: Thank you God

That you think

I am worth protecting