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While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help you remember and build on what you experienced on Sundays. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship and explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The ideal is to form alife long love of Christ and for the Word of God.
Today is the Second Sunday in LENT. The Liturgical colour is PURPLE.
If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area
You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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 use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or use your ipad or iphone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.
CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children. If you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life, please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation. I am very happy for you to copy and paste ideas from here into your own Order of Service or for you to supply a link to this page. An acknoledgement though is always appreciated.
Light or turn on 6 Candles (one for each Sunday in Lent) Blow out (or turn off) two Candles
Into this season of Lent (pretend to Walk)
I go (point to yourself)
Life has it’s seasons (draw a circle in the air)
It’s Joys and (happy face)
It’s sadnesses (sad face)
You go before me (point your arms ahead)
You are there after me (look behind)
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
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: PRAY: Use heart shaped post-it notes and as you write a person or an activity you can do out of love, pray for the activity or person. (you might like to place your post-it notes in a heart shape as you pray)
FIRST READING: GENESIS 15:1-12 and 17-18
READ: The Spark story Bible, God’s Promises to Abram. pp.34-37
OR The Whirl Story Bible: Abraham and Sarah, pp.18-21
COUNT: Hundreds and Thousands. You might need to sweep up the area for those that might have escaped small mouths. We can’t see the night sky to count the stars during the service this is something else that is too numerous to count. What a big promise, You can also do this at night before bed time and actually try counting stars.
READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
COLOURING-IN Don’t forget to think about the questions too.
SECOND READING: Philippians 3:17-4:1
READ: Me Too! by Jamie Harper
A suggestion by Storypath
PLAY: with your child, make a face and ask them to copy it, or make a pattern with your fingers, like a heart.
Older children might like to play Simon Say’s.
DRAW: Copy something, a flower, a person in church, your pet or a colouring in picture.
I wonder how easy it is to copy something?
I wonder what you need to do your way?
I wonder when a copy of something is a copy or a different thing?
help me to follow you
not just copy you
but live my life your way
GOSPEL READING: Luke 13:31-35
I love the image of Vs.34, especially at this time of the year
MAKE: You might like to make this chicken family to play with.
PLAY: with animal families, especially a hen and chicks if you can.
SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.
I have qualifications in Education, Theology and Children’s Spirituality, and have worked as a Children and Families Worker in a city church. I use simple and easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. 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, saving you time from sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts.