22nd 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.

LET’S BEGIN:

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

https://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/blogs/childrens-pastors-only/how-to-pray-the-five-finger-prayer

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

Heather Price Music

FIRST READING: Haggai 1:15b – 2:9

READ:What we’ll Build plans for our future together by Oliver Jeffers

WATCH

DRAW OR MAKE a church or a house.

PRAY:

Everything in the world

Shows your Glory

Amen

PSALM 145:1-5 and 17-21

Psalm 145: We will tell your praise

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (Hold your hands out wide)
One generation tells the next generation (pretend to pass on a whisper)
about the awesome things that you have done. (Make a big ball with your arm)
We look for words to tell of how amazing you are – (make a book with your hands)
glory, splendor, magnificent, mighty – (Make a big ball with your hands)
but all our words are too small. (hold your thumb and pointer finger close together)
You burst out of them! (Jump up high with your arms over your head)
You are made of grace and mercy, (pretend to pat an animal)
unbreakable promises, tender affection, (pull your hands apart)
powerful love that goes on and on. (make a heart with your hands)
All the universe speaks about you; (cup your hands around your mouth as if yelling)
we join in as best we can. (hold someone’s hand)
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (make a big ball with your arms)

Words by Rev. Purdie, actions in italics by me

SING/LISTEN: Unsearchable by Seeds Family Worship on HOPE album

OR Psalm 98

Psalm 98: Sing along a new song

(add musical instruments or pretend to play each of the instruments as they are read)

Have a jam session and just enjoy playing your instruements if you will not disturb others by doing so.

SECOND READING: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and 13-17

READ: What James said by Liz Rosenberg

WATCH

A Storypath suggestion

PLAY: a game of follow the leader.

PRAY:

God, mighty Leader

Help me to hear your words (cup your hands around your ears)

and not be swayed by others words (move from side to side)

Amen

GOSPEL READING: Luke 20:27-38

READ I walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët

WATCH Stop the Video at 3.12 minutes as the dissusion will take this story into a different space than what is trying to be explained here.

A Storypath Suggestion

Look at the the different emotions. Use a set of emotional cards, or the emoji’s on your ‘phone

or show them on your face or draw them as you read or watch. It’s ok to stall the video or stay on the page to further explore,

What are the girls doing at the window?

If they were praying what would they pray?

Stroypath makes the suggestion that we “Wonder together how our actions reflect the promise of God’s love in our lives. ” think on this, write on this or draw about the answer to this question

COLOURING IN We are children of God

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

Blessings

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.

Advertisement

22nd Sunday after Pentecost Year C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

Change is in the air. The end of the Ecclesiastic year is fast approaching. 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

FIRST READING: Haggai 1:15b – 2:9

READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLdAXyZ7_iQ The thing that Lou can’t do by Ashley Spires as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-november-10-2019/

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.

PRAY:

Everything in the word

Show your Glory

Amen

PSALM 145:1-5, 17-21

Psalm 145: We will tell your praise

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (Hold your hands out wide)
One generation tells the next generation (pretend to pass on a whisper)
about the awesome things that you have done. (Make a big ball with your arm)
We look for words to tell of how amazing you are – (make a book with your hands)
glory, splendor, magnificent, mighty – (Make a big ball with your hands)
but all our words are too small. (hold your thumb and pointer finger close together)
You burst out of them! (Jump up high with your arms over your head)
You are made of grace and mercy, (pretend to pat an animal)
unbreakable promises, tender affection, (pull your hands apart)
powerful love that goes on and on. (make a heart with your hands)
All the universe speaks about you; (cup your hands around your mouth as if yelling)
we join in as best we can. (hold someone’s hand)
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! (make a big ball with your arms)

Words by http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-145-we-will-tell-your-praise.html actions by me

 

SING/LISTEN: https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/the-god-of-wow/

OR Psalm 98

Psalm 98: Sing along a new song


Sing to the Lord a new song!
Marvelous is all he has done!
Victory has been won
and all the earth has seen!
Break out with songs of joy!
Trumpets blast and waves crash
Guitars play and rain claps the beat
Music fills the air and hills cheer!
The Lord is coming, he’s nearly here!
He will set things right
and all will be well.
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Marvelous is all he has done!

(add musical instruments or pretend to play each of the instruments as they are read) my suggestion.

Thanks again to http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-98-sing-along-a-new-song.html

SING: try You are good by Bethel Music Kids Come Alive track 4 https://bethelmusickids.com

SECOND READING: 2 Thessalonians 20:27-38

READ/LISTEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe-7NOiGA9s  The terrible plop by Ursula Dubosarsky

as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-november-10-2013/

Play with your toys. Practice being a part of community.

PLAY: a game of follow the leader on the way home from church or at the endow the service.

GOSPEL READING: Luke 20:27-38

WATCH/LOOk at I walk with Vanessa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StF5RdslK0w as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-november-10-2019/

Look at the the different emotions. Use 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/

or show them on your face or draw them as you read” watch” it’s ok to stall the video or stay on the page to further explore,

What are the girls doing at the window?

If they were praying what would they pray?

Being together as a community is special. PLAY with your toys, practice being part of a community that is there for each other.

PRAY:

God,

you are always where I am

You don’t let words get in the way

Amen

THE SERVICE MIGHT BE FINISHED BUT

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.

You might like start watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPTWq1AsCao

Blessings

Wendy L.