19th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, Revised Common Lectionary: ideas to involve even the youngest.

Welcome. You have found a collection of ideas to help you contemplate the RCL readings. 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 with you. 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 a life long love of Christ, for the Word of God and to participate in Worship.

We are now in the longest season of the Liturgical calendar, After Pentecost, it is often refered to as Ordinary Time, as no big celebrations occur in this season. The Liturgical colour is Green.

If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a GREEN placemat, or ribbons, 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.



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


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.



INTRODUCTORY SONG Hey Ha Ha from the Full of the Spirit Album by

Heather Price Music


READ: Melena’s Jubilee by Zetta Elliott


A Storypath Suggestion

Do: Make over a drawing, a poem, a sulpture, a thank you or an I love you. What would you like to redo again?


Thank you God,

that you are a caring God,


PSALM 119:97-104

READ: http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-119-the-longest-psalm.html



READ: The Noisy paint Box: The Colours and sounds of Kaninsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock


A Storypath suggestions

SING All about jesus, on The Ology by Soveriegn Grace kids

Do: Choose a scripture Verse and Draw it or Download and colour in these free Bible story colouring in pages OR these free verses to colour-in. Or if looking for a greater challange try these


READ: Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges


A Storypath Suggestion

MAKE: a prayer chain, write or draw on a strip of paper someone you want to remember to pray for, then staple or glue the ends together of the strip to make a circle. On another strip of paper write the name or draw, someone of something else you want to pray for. Poke the second strip through the middle of the circle that you made from the first strip, staple or glue that strip to make a circle, and continue for as many things or people you want to pray for. Over time you can add more strips. You can see how to make a paper chain here

SENDING SONG Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. If you find this page useful an acknowledgment is always appreciated. Thank you.

I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.


19th Sunday after Pentecost Year C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

I hope you and your children enjoy spending time together in Church this week.

Here are some ideas to help you share the Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary with your children.

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.

Always have plain drawing paper, washable  TEXTA’S , the books that are suggested and the toys or craft suggested for this week

Remember to download the colouring sheets and check out the links before Sunday morning.

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

Sing or sway during the Hymns

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. Don’t throw these out when you leave the church. Keep them at home in a special box, and bring them out to remind your child what has been happening or use as future prayer points.

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.

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


READ/WATCH: Can I be your Dog by Troy Cummings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an4jAjfJKe4

PLAY: Hide and Seek.  We might pull away from God but He is always there waiting for us.


Thank you God,

that you wait for your people (rest your chin on your hand)


PSALM 119:97-104

READ: http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-119-the-longest-psalm.html

How does this Psalm make you feel?

Draw it or show it or point out the emotion from a set of emotional cards https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/



READ: Tell the story of The Emperor’s new clothes This suggestion was made by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-oct-17/

OR Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t80UDdbV3Mk this version

Have a Song Fest

from Seeds Family Worship https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/the-word-of-god-vol-8/# Breathed out No.2

OR https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/trust-vol-11-releases-april-10-2018/#  No. 4 Breathed out by God

from Colin Buchanan https://colinbuchanan.com.au/products/fam-bam-bible-jam-cd-mp3-album-individual-songs-backing-tracks-sheet-music-available All scripture is breathe out on Fam Bam Bible Jam

OR https://colinbuchanan.com.au/products/boom-chicka-boom-cd-mp3 No 11

From Sovereign Kids https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/all-about-jesus/

TREASURE HUNT: Hide all the children’s storybook Bibles that you have found the area where the children sit and ask them to find books that tell God’s word.


READ/Watch: Are you my mother by P.D. Eastman  or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h0VJg6TVOo as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-october-20-2019/

COLOURING -IN: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/coloring-sheets-posters/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2019?variant=29474498478178 Under the USA term of Fall 2019, there are 13 colouring in sheets for the next 13 weeks, starting September the 1st. which can be downloaded for US$10. NOTE Illustrated Children’s Ministry is now Illustrated Ministry.

OR COLOURING IN: https://stushieart.com for an annual fee of $25 or encourage your church to have a subscription.

Do: Are you learning a new skill, Try it, is it drawing, or colouring in the lines, or getting dressed. Be persistent and keep trying out your new skill.


Now is the time to continue teaching your child beyond the walls of the church. 

Use the craft or drawings during the week to talk about the service or the stories.

Use any of the readings during the week, at bedtime, as story time or during the day in play or prayer.

Enjoy sharing your faith with your child.


Wendy L.