ADVENT 2 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


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.

Colouring in sheets Look for the HOPE sheet for today


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 We will use Ginan, the first star name using the name one of Australia’s First People’s nations use for it. ( 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 next star of Advent (twinkle your fingers)

May it guide us to find PEACE 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 candles are purple or blue perhaps you can wear or put on something that is purple of blue.

Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart 

Peace tonight

May it shine

To others lives

Calm may we be


Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart 

Peace tonight

FIRST READING: Malacki 3:1-4

READ: The Whirl Storybook Bible, Malachi’s message pp.130-133

Play, mix 2 items together then seperate them out so that you have 2 items. Ie cars and blocks, rice and flour, dirt and rocks etc.

Do, take a message for someone to someone else or play with your toys and pretend that you have something important to tell them

PSALM Luke 1:68-79 (psalms are songs and can be found throughout the Bible as well as in the book of Psalms)

God loves His people

He gave us a Saviour

in King David’s offspring,

God’s prophets told us

That we would be saved

God has remembered His promises

He promised Abraham,

That we would be rescued from our enemies

And be able to worship God fearlessly

in a safe and holy space

You, child, will be an important prophet

As you will prepare the way for the Lord

teach them salvation through forgiveness

Because God is good

For those who are sad and dying

A new dawn will happen

Guiding our feet


(a rewrite by me)

DO: How do you think the person saying this Psalm might have felt, find an emoji that shows how they feel?

Read the background story in The Lion Story Bible, Cousin John

SECOND READING: Phillipians 1:3-11

READ: The Spark Story Book Bible, Paul and the Phillipians

Write a letter or an email, telling someone how important they are to you.


May my love (make a love heart with your hands)

for you God, (arms out wide)

Overflow (tumble your hands one in fron of the other)

as I learn more (pretend to write)

and understand more (tap the side of your head)

Just like Paul

prayed for the Phillipians

Amen (one clap)




PLAY: with toy road signs or create a road or drive a car on a play mat road. I wonder why we have signs? I wonder how friends would find our house without a street sign? I wonder what sign could be if it is not a road sign?

OR How do you get started on a new task, what do you need to cook, to sew, to knit etc?

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


Wendy L.

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


Advent 2C: How to enjoy church with those 3 years and under.

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 week’s word, FAITH 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 week’s candle around the plate until Christmas.

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

Little candle burning bright

Shine some peace

Into our lives


FIRST READING: Malachi 3:1-4

READ: The Jesus story book Bible pp.174

Make: a path, draw it or make it on the floor with material or cardboard. Be creative, you might like to add a body of water(blue paperer material) at the end of the path. Or you could make it out of felt.

Make a banner that says Get ready Use premade bunting in either paper or material and find letters to stick on or write on  Little ones can find the letters on a sticker sheet, even though they will not know the words. (Try Spotlight or Riot)

PRAY: Thank you God that you help us get ready for Big things to come. Amen


PSALM: Luke 1:68-79

READ: THE LION STORY BIBLE: Cousin John pp. 138-139

Make: a path, draw it or make it on the floor with material or cardboard. Be creative, you might like to add a body of water(blue paperer material) at the end of the path. Or you could make it out of felt.

Create a light house. You will need white heavy A4 paper, draw red lines every 4 cm or so,(i cut mine out of red paper and glued them on). Cut out 4 holes at one end (most under 3’s will need you to do this). Fold into a cylinder and place crushed up cellophane in the top where the holes are cut out.




SECOND READING: Philippians 1:3-11

READ:the board book version Bear says Thank you by Karma Wilson

OR Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman as suggested by

OR It was you Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark. You can buy as an ebook as suggested by

PLAY with toys in community such as dolls or animals or even cars, all doing things together (and being thankful)

PRAY Gratitude Prayer

Dear God I am thankful for _________ (complete with your child’s thoughts or make some suggestions.


READ: The Lion Picture Book The Baptism of Jesus, p.240

OR The Beginner’s Bible p.306

COLOURING IN: Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 14 weeks)

MAKE: a path, draw it or make it on the floor with material or cardboard. Be creative, you might like to add a body of water(blue paper, or material) at the end of the path. Or you could make it out of felt.


 Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

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.

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

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

Remember that you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.



You might need to purchase

A4 heavy white paper

Red paper

a paper plate


toy dolls


toy animals


toy cars

green and brown, blue material

OR felt board

green/brown felt pieces


Stickers of letters

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


Or download


Wendy L