After Pentecost 20B: Ideas to help you share the RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

Make sure you are prepared to visit a congregation while on holidays.

These are suggestions only, to help parents/caregivers engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents/caregivers or those who help out in small congregations that can not afford to pay Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. 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.

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. Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

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

You might need to prepare these in advance, and place them in a special Church Bag ready to go for Sunday Morning.

You might need to print off

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Make sure you have

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Communal play toys such as dolls, or cars or animals


The Early Readers Bible

FIRST READING: job 1:1, 2:1-10

READ: The Early Readers Bible, Love God when Hurt pp.251-255

OR READ?WATCH: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No good, very bad day written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.  Really good if you have slightly older children, but i have seen even very young ones stop and pay attention.

also suggested by

DRAW: what it feels like when you are having a bad day.


(Shake your head)  I’m having a very bad day God

(Big Smile)  Glad I can tell you that God



READ in Psalms of Praise

DO: Feelings Cards scroll down until you find them. Print them off then ask your child to show you how this Psalm makes them feel. Don’t be surprised if more than one emotion is suggested.

OR use a paper plate and ask them to draw a face that shows how they feel about the Psalm

SECOND READING: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

READ/WATCH: Moondance by Frank Ashe

as suggested by

Jesus came down to “dance”/live with us


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PLAY: with any community toy, such as dolls house, cars, animals.

GOSPEL: Mark 10:2-16

Most will concentrate on Mark 13-16, as the text on Jesus welcoming the children is often preferred to the teaching on Divorce. No children’s story books Bibles I have access to presents the first half of today’s RCL reading

SO for Mark 10:13-16

READ: THE EARLY READERS BIBLE: Jesus and the Children pp.411-415

OR The Jesus Storybook Bible: The Friend of Little Children p.256-262


CRAFT: make a paper doll chain, draw on them, faces and clothes. Attach to a A4 heavier paper or cardboard, draw Jesus with his arms out at one end of the paper, then glue the line of people from Jesus until it’s off the page. (or you can buy them at sometimes in the Reject shop

To tackle Mark 10:2-12

To me these two readings placed together, look at what the Kingdom of God is like, all are welcome and all stay together, hence I suggest reading Can I be your dog, about finding an accepting family



MAKE: a paper doll chain, make faces, and dress.

PLAY: Communal games, such as dolls house, or cars or trains or animals

IF you are looking for some resources regarding Marriage or Divorce try

This is the book list including one of books suitable for children.

Relationships Australia also has courses and marriage guidance courses.

I completed my Couples Counselling Certificate with this organisation.

Look out for Thursday’s Blog post to find more family resources.


Wendy L