After Pentecost 6B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday



They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.

You have found a page that uses 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.

These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.

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. 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.


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 what ever else helps you focus on the season.

We are now in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half or 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.

This is the time to add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings

If able to worship in the Chruch 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 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 might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service.

If looking for a version with ACTIONS OR

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

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


Make it a game

FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

READ: Mudkin by Stephen Gammell e book

Find out why it’s recommended here

BUILD: use blocks and build a great town.


We all doubt ourselves

At times

And David turned to you

Helps us to do what David did

and take it all to You



Psalm 48: Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem
the holiest of holy places
mountain of the Lord most high!

For centuries your towers stood,
strong defence against attack,
your people safe within your walls –
those ancient walls, those holy walls.

I long to see it for myself,
to walk where Jesus walked.
He said that walls cannot protect you;
Only God is strong to save.

So tell your children, “God is with us
not in walls of stone.
The living Lord is walking with us.
We are safe in him!”

Jerusalem, Jerusalem
the holiest of holy places
mountain of the Lord most high!

Thank you again Rev Purdiefor this version of the Psalm

DESCRIBE how this Psalm makes you feel, Show how these feelings look like in your body or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards or you can make your own using paper plates and draw a picture for each emotion.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

READ: Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson


another Storypath suggestion read why

PLAY: gather things that are weak but strong ie a feather, (can you resist a tickle!), a spider web etc. OR write a weak but storng riddle.


When I am weak

Your work can be seen

not my efforts





PLAY: Make a choice between 2 items? eg apple and orange, carrot and cheese stick, a candle or a torch etc. When do you feel accepted or rejected. How do you deal with being acccepted or rejected. Does this passage help or change your ideas?


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.


After Pentecost 7B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under connect with this Sunday’s RCL

Hi I’m back, this is a little late but then it is here, unlike the glitch that left you without this page over the last month.

It might be handy to prepare a special “Sunday bag” in advance with everything ready for Sunday Morning.

You may need to prepare in advance

The new season of Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Summer, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

The Lion Picture Bible

The Lion Story Bible,


cardboard or crepe paper,


plain paper or Journal


FIRST READING: 2 Samual 5: 1-5, 9-10.

READ: The Lion Picture Bible pp.138-139, stop at the end of ist sentence at the top of p.139.

MAKE: a crown, use paper or crepe paper, pre cut a crown shape, and let your child add “the jewels” by drawing or sticking shapes on the crown. (Note for this age, sticky “jewels” as can be found in $2 shops and the like, might prove a chocking hazard)

PRAY: A King needs more than a crown (point to the crown you made. possibly on your head)

He needs God to guide him.


I have used Him as we are talking about David, but if you would prefer this prayer could easily have Queen and Her/she substituted for King and Him/HE


COLOURING-IN: Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks.



READ/WATCH Crocodiles are the best animals of all by Sean Taylor. thanks to

QUESTION: What gifts did God give you?

DRAW: the gifts you have or you want


READ: The Lion Story Bible, Rejected, pp.144-145

PLAY: send your toys off to do God’s work, two by two.

PRAY:Put your hands together

Two Thumbs to serve God

Two Pointing Fingers to show others God

Two tall fingers to stand firm for God

Two weak fingers to help those in need

Two little fingers to remind us that we are not to small for God



Wendy L