ADVENT 3 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. Or set up an Advent Candle Countdown like the one above.

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.



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 (that’s this week). Each week there is a theme, this week is JOY.

There are a few reasons for the Pink Candle, the flower for today is a Pink Rose.(At home you might like to put out a vase with a PINK Rose in it.

Colouring in sheets Look for the JOY 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 I used Mimosa as I have been working from least to brightest star, but if you prefer you could use Gacrux, as it is the only Red/organge star in the conselation. ( 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 our JOY in You.(do a star jump)


Week 3 JOY

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 are is pink, perhaps you can wear or put on something that is pink. Do a few star jumps as your flame jumps for JOY.

Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart

Joy tonight

May it shine

To others lives

Sharing what we have

Is nice

Little candle burning bright

Light in my heart 

Joy tonight

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Get a pack of Christmas stars (cardboard with a shiny metalic side) and write on the non-shiny side the name of people that make your like JOYful. If you can’t find any, cut stars out of metalic cardboard. Pray for the person as you hang the star on a Christmas Tree.

FIRST READING: Zephaniah 3:14-20

READ: Be Careful by Viginia Miller


I chose this book, because, in today’s reading we hear about how happy the people of Isreal are when God looks favourably on them, very much like the cat in this book must feel at the end of this story.

SING Mighty to Save by Seeds Family Worship Vol.3 no.8

DRAW: I wonder what you feels like for you? Can you draw it, it might be a picture it might be a colour or shape?

PSALM Isaiah 12:2-6

AS found on Biblegateway

Isaiah 12:2-6 International Children’s Bible

God is the one who saves me. (point to yourself)
    I trust him. I am not afraid. (shake your head)
The Lord, the Lord, gives me strength and makes me sing. (show your muscles)
    He has saved me.” (point ot youself)

You will receive your salvation with joy. (do a star jump)
    You will take it as you would draw water from a well. (cup your hands and pretend to drink from them)

At that time you will say, (open your mouth)

“Praise the Lord, and worship him. (do a star jump)
    Tell everyone what he has done. (cup your hands around your mouth as if they form a megaphone)
    Tell them how great he is. (arms out wide)
Sing praise to the Lord, because he has done great things.(Open your mouth as if to sing)
    Let all the world know what he has done. (pretend to make a large ball with your hands)
Shout and sing for joy, you people of Jerusalem. (pretend to make a megaphone with your hands)
    The Holy One of Israel does great things before your eyes.”( shield your eyes as if looking into the distance)

DRAW: there as such great images in these words draw some of them.

SECOND READING: Phillipians 4:4-7

READ: Whirl Story Bible Rejoice in the Lord

SING Do not be Anxious by Seeds Family Worship Vol. 1 No. 2

DO: How does this reading make you feel? Use the emojies on the phone to show your feeelings or draw them.



DO: Make a Christmas card, to share with someone you don’t know so well yet. You might like to make this one.



may I learn

how to share,

to use what comes my way

Not because I think I should

but because I love

the way you showed me how me


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


Wendy L.

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Advent 3C: Idea’s to help you and your 3’s and under enjoy church and relate to the RCL readings

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 PINK, write this week’s word, JOY 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.

You can also decorate a paper plate, and place each week’s candle around the plate until Christmas

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

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

Little candle burning bright

Let us share the JOY

You bring

with everyone Today


FIRST READING: Zephaniah 3:14-20

READ/WATCH When I’m Feeling Happy  by Trace Moroney

SING: Song 8

DRAW: A picture of the things that make you happy/joyful


PSALM: Isiah12:2-6

READ: I trust you God (put your hands on your heart)

Even when I’m frightened (shake your body)

I will tell everyone about you (cup your hands like a megaphone around your mouth)

I will sing  joyfully about you ( give a little skip)

I will not stay quiet. (run up and down on the spot)

About you God (clasp your hands in front of you and fling them open)



Colour-In: Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)

Find or draw a picture of being joyful (try any of the previously mentioned emotion based websites or buy as digital cards at


SECOND READING: Philippians 4:4-7

READ: I will rejoice by Karma Wison, though written around Psalm 118 It’s a good substitute of today a Joy suggestion by

SING: Song 2

DRAW: Those things that make you happy.

PRAY; Thank you God

That you made a world

Where I can find things

That make me happy

(point to the things that make you happy)



READ: The Lion Picture Bible The Baptism of Jesus pp.240-241

OR The Beginner’s Bible John Baptises Jesus, pp.303- the first sentence of p. 306.

Make: Make a card to share. Take an A4 Sheet longways fold in half


then fold each end into the middle. IMG_3205-2

It might be a Christmas card or a Thankfulness card. Draw a picture on the front or the inside ( i cut a Christmas tree in mine)img_3208.jpg

when you are finished cut down the middle, IMG_3210

and you will have 2 cards, one to share and one to keep.


 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,


THAT 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.

If you have a bored older child these school holidays you might like to purchase, which will engage them in all the RCL readings for the week.



You might need to purchase

a paper plate


A4 thick paper

You might need to Print Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)



Wendy L