Photo by Harry Singh on


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.

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

Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH 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.


We are still in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half of the year, and it’s liturgical colour is green. There are no major celebrations during this season, and some refer to it as Ordinary Time. For me it is a time to celebrate everyday joys, to see God in the ordinary, in the everyday, and to hear the everyday stories of Jesus.


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.



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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Love this idea from Still Waters adapt it for younger members by asking them to draw their concerns.

FIRST READING: Job 42:1-6, 10-17

READ: Wanda’s Roses by Pat Brisson


A Storypath suggestion, find out why?

DRAW: what do you persist at? eg. tying knots on your shoes,( if you are at this stage you might like to make this craft, remembering to say nice things to people, cursive writing etc



give me the strength

to always search

for you


PSALM 34:1-8 (19-22)

I will bless the Lord all the time! (put your hands in a praying position)
We’ll never stop praising our God! (cross your hands over each other)
Magnify the Lord with me. ((Pretend to look through a magnifying glass)
Together we’ll lift his name high. (Palms facing the sky, lift your hands high)
Taste and see – the Lord is good! (Lick your lips)

He rescues us from all our fears. (shake)
Listen everyone – this is the way to live: (cup your hand around your ear as if trying to hear)
speak truth, speak kindness, (pretend to pat a cat)
walk away from what is wrong, (turn your back)
choose to do what is right, (point your finger)
seek peace and follow peace. (take a deep breath in)
We’ll never stop praising our God! (hold your arms above your head)

An edited version of Rev Sylvia Purdie’s remake of Psalm 34 Always Praising You can read her full version here

Actions in italics are mine

COLOURING-IN you may need to scroll down a fair way.

SECOND READING: Hebrew 7:23-28

READ: How do I pray for Grandpa by Laura Alary ( I could not find a video of this book but I did find a beautiful review of the book to share with your chidl If you do not have the book)

DRAW: What does an earthly priest look like?

PRAY (for someone you know)

Intercessory Jesus,

please be with (say their name)

I know they are having a tough time


GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:46-52

READ: Spark Story Bible, Bartemaeus Sees, pp.280-283

OR Whirl Story Bible, Bartemaeus Sees, pp.242-245

SING Oh Have you Heard by Snack Music

DRAW: A picture of this miracle.

OR older children might want to look back at similar miracles in the last 2 chapters of Mark.

I wonder if they are similar?

I wonder if we could take any out and still have a good understandign of Jesus’s ministry?

I wonder which of the miracles you relate to?


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge this page if you find it useful. Thank you.

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


After Pentecost 23B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under relate to the RCL readings.

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.

They can also be used at home during Family Devotion Time. Remember it is never too early to start faith practices in the home.

If using during worship 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 you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

You might need to prepare these in advance THIS IS A NEW SEASON, AMERICAN FALL OUR Spring . For $10 American dollars (about $Aus 16) you have 12 weeks of colouring sheets. Or you can combine with other parents or ask the Church to make the purchase for yourself and the families.

Click to access EX-9781557255952.pdf

The Early Readers Bible

Paper plates



drawing paper


FIRST READING: Job 42:1-6,10-17

READ: The Early Readers Bible  p.255

DRAW: Draw a picture of all the wonderful things God gives to us.


In good times and bad I will value you God. Amen


PSALM 34:1-8 (19-22)

I will bless the Lord all the time!
We’ll never stop praising our God!    (HOLD YOUR ARMS UP AND AWAY FROM THE BODY)
Magnify the Lord with me.
Taste and see – the Lord is good!
Relax and rejoice – you are safe in him. ( SMILE AND RELAX YOUR BODY – FEEL ALL YOUR MUSCLES RELAX)
When trouble comes, cry out to God.
He is always around you, protecting you. (WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND YOURSELF- GIVE YOURSELF A CUDDLE)

FROM actions have been added by me

How does the Psalm make you feel? Use any of the methods previously used such as drawing a face or putting the facial expression on a plate or using (scroll down a long way to find them) 

or try these feeling cards


SECOND READING: Hebrews 7:23-28

READ How do I Pray for Grandpa by Laura Alary

PLAY/PRAY: Use a play mat such as then play and pray. Add  people, animals and cars, ambulances, police cars, fire engines etc.

PRAY: Use the Praying in Colour method Praying in colour 

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:46-52

READ: The Early Reader Bible A Man Who wanted to see, pp.419-423.


MAKE:  a paper plate face emphasising the eyes. Draw them or cut out eyes and paste them on . You can google eye pictures and cut them out an paste them on to finish your plate. (don’t use googly eyes, from craft shops, with the young as they are easily swallowed)

PLAY:  Eye spy around the church. eg I spy a place where we baptise children, etc.


Wendy L.