Today’s reflection is very hard to write, it is based on my own poor behaviour and I don’t have to reveal that but I will to show how impassioned I am that you hear my words today not as a study but as relatable to real life.

I’ve been dwelling on Mark 9:38-50, especially verse 42, about placing yourself as a stumbling block. This is my where my bad behaviour comes in. I am very passionate about all things children and Intergenerational, I look Biblically through the lens of Child Theology, and I could write on whether the reference to Little one’s relates to physical children or not.

I could write about protecting children, but what I have been thinking about is how I put “stumbling blocks” to people, adults grown in faith when I am trying to convince them of the worthiness of looking at faith, or worship with the child in mind, or when I am trying to convince them that becoming Intergenerational might be a better form of practice. In these areas, these adults are like “little children” still learning, but I want to move them on, hurry them up to where I am in my thinking.

Cory Seibel at the Intergenerate Conference earlier this year identified that there is always someone at the head of the curve for Institutional Change. Personal experience has shown me that this is a lonely space, and for someone who craves to be accepted and feel normal, this is the most uncomfortable place in the world. It is also the place where abuse can happen when others try to quieten your ideas and pull you back in line to maintain the status que. But it is also a place where I can wield damage as I push my ideas through. If I am feeling under attack I bring my worse me, in my case the defensive, attacking demeaning me. As a leader in the church I wield power and I am not using it well, I am creating stumbling blocks that are making it harder for people, good reasonable people to hear my views, and undermining my own goodness, as well as the message I want to share. As also mentioned in this passage from Mark I need cauterizing. Not all of me, it does feel much easier to be pulling out and wiping the dust from my feet as another passage of scripture encourages us to do if God’s word is not being heard, than to remove the bit of me that is getting in the way. In my case this would be the idea that I am feeling persecuted, the idea that I’m different, the idea that what I say is more important. It is these bits I need to “cut-off” to bring the jewel (another reference from Seibel) of what I am trying to share that is so important to me, instead of the toxic hurt, fear, abandonment issues that keep surfacing and which I protect with bad behaviour which causes people to stumble, and turn away from what I want to say.

How can I rid myself of these damaging insecurities that harm others? I need look no further than the other passages in today’s RCL readings. Queen Esther’s example of praying when she was frightened, and James’s reminder of the reliance on prayer, supply me with two healthy examples of the use of prayer. Reminding people to include Children and be Intergenerationally minded is important to me, but so is being the best person God wants me to be, and prayer is the lifeline I need to keep using. I just wish I could remember to do as I say, and take my big concerns first to the Lord and not, to my insecurities. I would prefer people to hear what I feel God is asking me to say rather than to make others and myself stumble.


Wendy L.

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



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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.

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or 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 imporantance 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 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.


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 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


This week you might like to start with the Psalm if worshipping at home.




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

PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE: Find a play mat with country or city scenes and pray for everyone you see on that mat.

FIRST READING: ESTHER 7:1-6, 9-10, 20-22

READ: CHILDREN OF GOD BY DESMOND TUTU, Esther saves her People pp. 50-51.

(For a fuller story of the full book of Esther you can read the chapter in Brave Girls Bible Stories by Jennifer Gerelds, Esther One Brave Beauty Queen pp.101-109.

or WATCH this retelling Queen Esther saves Her People a retelling by Rita Goldman Gelman)

SING a great skipping song from Colin Buchanan’s Old Testament Sing a Long album No. 12.

Colouring-In many to choose from here, or you can print them all out and retell the story

OR draw a picture of Queen Esther.


Psalm 124: If it wasn’t for God

​(Call to Worship, in 2 voices)

If it wasn’t for God
we’d be a wreck! (collapse oon the ground)
If God wasn’t on our side
we’d be wiped out by our enemies. (fall to the ground)
If God had not been there for us
anger and fear would have swept us away. (push the air with one hand)
If Christ had not saved us
we would be totally lost. (Shade eyes with one hand and pretend to look into the distance)
Thank you, thank you Lord
for you rescued us from the trap we were snared in. (pretend to pull something up from the ground)
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth (look up and look down)
and is on our side!

Words by Rev Purdie, actions in italics by myself

How does the Psalm make you feel? Show, or draw or choose an emoji to show how you feel.


READ: “Does God Hear My Prayer by August Gold


a suggestion by Storypath


Create your own prayer.

OR Praying in Color



PLAY: Bring out your country or city play mat ie–floor-mat/2908304?region_id=300001

find all the things you can do to make the lives of the people or animals on your map more comfortable or easier.

SING O Taste and see on Come Alive by Bethel Music Kids

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.

After Pentecost 19B: Ideas to share the RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

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.

My First read aloud Bible

OR The Beginners Bible

OR The Rhyme Bible storybook 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.

A4 paper or Journal


Food play such as a picnic set or tea set

Play mat

Cars, or people or animals

Dolls house or farm set etc.


FIRST READING: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22.

READ: My First read a loud Bible Esther saves the Jews, pp.124-125

OR The Beginners Bible The Brave Queen pp.240-246

OR The Rhyme Bible storybook Esther saves the Day.154-161

PLAY: With a food set, or picnic set or tea set.

Introduce the idea of Grace, by suggesting a prayer before eating

PRAY: When I’m scared I can talk to you God.


Thank you for the food we eat. Amen



READ: If it wasn’t for God
we’d be a wreck! (drop your shoulders, lower your head)
If God wasn’t on our side
we’d be wiped out by our enemies. (put one hand on top of the other at chest height then move them apart keeping them at chest height)
If God had not been there for us
anger and fear would have swept us away. (stamp your feet)
If Christ had not saved us
we would be totally lost. ( shade your eyes with your hands)
Thank you, thank you Lord
for you rescued us from the trap we were snared in. (put your hands together)
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth (open your arms out wide)
and is on our side!
  Word thanks to Rev Sylvie Purdie actions by me

DRAW: a part of this Psalm.


SECOND READING: James 5:13-20

READ/WATCH: The Little angels book of prayers 

OR any book of children’s prayers you might have



PRAY: If you have a play mat such as this Ikea mat

Then take your cars or people or animals and pray as you work around the mat.


GOSPEL: Mark 9:38-50

LISTEN/SING:  Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown as suggested by

PLAY: Communal play such as with a dolls house, or cars or animals, as we continue learning to be a part of community.