ADVENT 1 Year C: Ideas to engage everyone in Sunday’s RCL Bible readings (especially the youngest), for small Churches or families worshipping at home.

I use easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. with 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.


For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.

Whether you are preparing traditional worship or an all age or Intergenerational service. You can include this link or share these ideas in your Church newsletter, in your Order of service or on your media notes. .

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or with broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch

Or during family devotion times.

Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING 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 on this page. 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 importance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.


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 Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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


WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.

SING/LISTEN Hallelujah!Christ is Coming By Liturgical Folk on their album Advent


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


A more contemplative version

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks


You can find more about the Liturgical calendar here

Advent is the season where we prepare for the arrival of God’s promise. The Liturgical colours are Purple (on the blue side of the spectrum) or Blue. Each Denomination has a slightly different variant but I will be using A Purple candle this week. With a Pink candle on Advent 3. Each week there is a theme, this week is Hope.


This year I am giving you the choice of liturgy, one based on the Southern Cross and one from last year.


You can print this version of the Southern Cross here

Place a candle on the star. Today I will start on the palest star in the system, Imai.( You can find more information on the Southern Cross here, including the star names, and some information on how The First peoples understand these stars

OR if you have a flag or piece of clothing with the Southern Cross on it you might use a torch behind, to shine through the fabric. DO NOT place the material directly on any heat source, electrical, battery or flame.

(actions in italics)

We stand under the Southern Cross (Arms and eyes high)

As the First People have and still do.

God you were always in this land (plant your feet firmly on the ground)

We light our first star of Advent (twinkle your fingers)

From it may we find our HOPE in You.(shade your eyes as if looking into the distance)



Pretend to be a flame as you say or sing (to the tune of Twinkle twinkle little star) this liturgy. Remember to move like a flame. Today’s candle is purple or blue perhaps you can wear or put on something that is purple of blue

Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart 

Hope tonight

May it shine

To others lives

Waiting patiently tonight

Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart 

Hope tonight

PRAYER’s of the PEOPLE: Light a candle for everyone you know that needs your HOPE today. (at home you might like to bake a special cake and add the candles to the top of it, like a birthday cake) (I always prefer battery operated candles when little ones are around)

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 33:14-16

READ Maple by Lori Nichols


A Storypath suggestion read why?

MAKE: Start a Jesse Tree this Advent. This site has colouring in ornaments as well as Bible references and Family Devotions. A Jesse Tree represents the promise in Jesus that was prepared well in advance, down the Line of King David.

Father God,

You keep your promises

They might not come

When we want them to or

be how we want them to be

But you kept your promise


PSALM 25:1-10

Psalm 25: Teach me your ways
Walk with me, my friend
let me follow in your footsteps.
We’ve come a long way already, but I still need you.
My pride says “I don’t need help! I can do this on my own!”
but I know I’ll be lost in no time without you.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness
for those who walk close with 

By Rev Purdie

SING Soverign One by Soveriegn Kids Music from the Awesome God Album

SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

READ: The Whirl StoryBible Timothy’s report to Paul pp.386-389

DO: find out where Thessalonica is? How far from Jerusalem it is?

Draw a map and mark Thessalonica and Jerusalem. Younger children can decorate athe map.

MAKE: Build a tall tower, how would you stop it falling over and make it even higher?

GOSPEL READING: Luke 21:25-36

READ: Waiting by Kevin Henkes


A Storypath suggestion

DO: Do you Doodle while waiting? Doodle now. I wonder if you see anything in your doodle?

If you like doodlng you might like Praying in Color or you might like to Pray in Color instead of doodling.


Meditation is a way of waiting, to listen to God. But it takes time to build up the time you meditate. This is not a test for your children to do, it is a spiritual practice. If you have never tried this with your children, start slowly maybe even just 20 seconds, I turn on a candle(battery operated), then turn it off when the time is done, sometimes if the child is not settling I will turn it off quicker than expected, but never tell them that. Sit quietly, relax the body, with a few deep breaths. Each time I do this I extend the time just a little bit longer.

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


Wendy L.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR: HOPE: Advent 1C: How to enjoy church with those 3 years and under.


It is the start of the liturgical year. Year C – the year of Luke. The Liturgical calendar runs in 3 year cycles Years A, B, and C. Each broken down into seasons, and we start with the season of Advent, the four week preparation to Christmas, then we move through After Epiphany, Lent, Easter then After Pentecost. Each season has its own colour which will be displayed in the church during the season. They are Purple/Blue, White, Green, Purple, Red, Green. A good explanation of the liturgical year is here this version of a Godly Play story presentation. I love this explanation but it is very long for a toddler, but it might help you or an older child understand the liturgical year better. Let them watch and go as they need to if you are watching it with them.

Activities: For toddlers my favourite is to make a “calendar” with paper chains. Each chain being the liturgical colour of that week. Make a separate but connected set of loops for Holy Week, or just stick to the Sunday’s. If you are allowed then hang it in the church for them to see each week. If not, hang it around a room in your home.

Older children can make a liturgical necklace out of plastic beads.

Another option is to colour in each Sunday on a calendar (or two), in the liturgical colour. You can print off calendar pages from the internet and make your own Liturgical Calendar. Or buy a new calendar for 2019, and colour in the remaining weeks on the 2018 calendar you have, and prepare the 2019, ready to go.

You will find a liturgical calendar here

NOTE that there are slight variations between the different protestant churches, but it is mostly the same. For example this Uniting Church in Australia Lectionary has their Anniversary.

Advent Candles and a children’s Prayer.

During Advent, many congregations will count down to Christmas using the 4 candle system. Usually they will be Purple or Blue with the Love candle (week 3) often in Pink.

MAKE: your own candle each week, cut an A4 sheet of cardboard in purple or blue (depending on what your church uses) write this weeks word, HOPE in any languages you use or know, or that are used by members in your church community (if you don’t know the right word, ask congregational members to write it for you). Cut a piece of 4cm yellow or orange (or both) of cellophane, crinkle the square, then stuff into the top of the candle.

Or you could purchase and download $US15, for 5 candles. HINT,  Print base on thick paper.

You can also decorate a paper plate, and place each weeks candle around the plate until Christmas.

PRAY: (Stand tall with your hands, palms together over your head)

Little candle burning bright

Guide us in HOPE

To God’s suprise.


Jeremiah 33:14-16


MEDITATE: turn on a battery operated candle, ask them to sit still while the candle is on and listen to what is happening around them. Don’t leave it on for too long, as there is a lot to explore in the world when you are small, the idea is to extend the time over time, with them having succeeded in sitting still. It might be as simple as counting to 5, or 4, initially.

PLAY: with baby dolls. Talk about how you waited for them to come into your lives.

Psalm 25:1-10

READ: Psalm 25: Teach me your ways

Walk with me, my friend (walk )
let me follow in your footsteps. (follow the leader)
We’ve come a long way already, but I still need you. (shade your eyes and long behind you)
My pride says “I don’t need help! I can do this on my own!” (Use your hands to pretend to push something away from you)
but I know I’ll be lost in no time without you. (Look scared)
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness
for those who walk close with him.

​from Rev. Pudrie

MAKE: Footprints, either draw around your own feet, or find cardboard feet at Riot or The Reject Shop.

PLAY: play on the road mat, or make a road, black A4 cardboard with white lines drawn down the middle. Cars. ( Hint: use white chalks to make the lines)

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

READ/WATCH:  The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas start at 1minute.55 seconds in, and finish at 8 minutes 36 sec.  as suggested by

PLAY: Simon Says. just quietly in the pew ie, Simon says “touch your ear”  or Touch your ear”


Luke 21:25-36

READ/WATCH: Waiting by Kevin Henkes as suggested by

PLAY: a matching game (which helps with patience) Print on thicker paper. Or for variation print two and get them to match the pictures cut out from one sheet on the other.

PRAY: Waiting is ………… (say what waiting is like for you, ie hard, boring, exciting etc.

Waiting is………….

Waiting is ………..

Help me be patient God



You might need to purchase

A Large Battery operated candle

Heavy coloured paper to make paper chain in 5 colours  2 different purples or a purple and a blue, green, white, red

a paper plate

baby dolls

cardboard footprints


a road mat

OR Black paper

toy cars

You might need to Print Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 14 weeks)

Click to access Waiting_MemoryCards_Kevin_Henkes.pdf



Wendy L