WHO ARE THESE IDEAS FOR?
For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.
Whether you are preparing an all age service ,
OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch
Or during family devotion times.
I use 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.
Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH THAT YOU CAN DO IS SHARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAITH. I firmly believe that it is in the relationship, that the Faith formation of the next generation truely starts. You will notice that there are very few prompts or questions. This is to allow your child to do the thinking and to work out what is important to them from the texts. Sometimes they may give you an insight or even ask a question? There are no wrong insights or crazy questions, and you are enough, enough to listen, enough to work it out together, ENOUGH to share your love of GOD with your child.
Here is a great presentation on children’s spirituality, but most importantly from the 40 minute mark on, it speaks about the imporantance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.
SEASON: AFTER PENTECOST
We are now in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half or the year, and it’s liturgical colour is green. There are no major celebrations during this season, and some refer to it as Ordinary Time. For me it is a time to celebrate everyday joys, to see God in the ordinary, in the everyday, and to hear the everyday stories of Jesus.
If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space/alter/focal spot, to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday.
You can do this by setting up a candle, and add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings.
If able to worship in the Church 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 today’s 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 could use a template like this free download
THE LORD”S PRAYER:
You might like to start with the Lord’s Prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service. Here are 4 options
2 with ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE MAKE BREAD, as you knead the yeast in (with each person taking a turn), pray for the things you would like more of in your life and the lives of those around you).
You can substitute playdoh if away from home.
FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33
READ Wherever You are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
A suggestion by Storypath find out why here
When I am sad (make a sad face)
hurting, (hold your stomach)
lonely, (look around you)
When bad news comes (shake your head)
You are with me (give me a hug)
You comfort me (rock back and forth)
Thank you God
Amen (one clap)
READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
Circle the action words (verbs) in this Psalm, then underline the emotions in the Psalm.
OR draw and image from the Psalm
SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
READ: Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt
another Storypath suggestion
PLAY: with your toys, practice being nice to each other
OLDER Children can write or draw about how to make others feel safe.
MAKE: weave a mat,to show how we are all connected OR do a paper weaving
God I thank you for ______(say the name of someone you know). They are important to me becasue______(say why they are special)
GOSPEL READING: John 6:35,41-51
Make Bread You will find a simple recipe here
PLAY: Have a picnic, either a real one or get out the toy food and have a picnic with your toys
Like bread fills my empty tummy
can I be filled with you
so that I grow into someone
that nourishes others lives
SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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