After Pentecost 22B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under understand 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. 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 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.

God is Great by Stephanie Carmichael

Praying in colour 

You might need

2 dolls/toys/animals/cars

Foodplay/teaset/doctor’s kit (always make sure these suit the age of your children)



FIRST READING: Job 38:1-7 (34-41)


God is listening.

PLAY: Play with 2 toys, 2 dolls, doll and teddy, 2 cars, 2 animals.

PRAY: like God is listening and is with you now.

What would you really say?

How would you really say it”

PSALM 104: 1-9,24,35c

READ: GOD is Great: by Stephanie Carmicheal



How do you feel? (scroll down a long way to find them)


SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:1-10

READ There’s a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake by Hazel Edwards

I love the way that the girl advocates (big word, meaning he’s there for us), for the hippopotamus, like Jesus advocates for us

PLAY: Play with 2 toys, 2 dolls, doll and teddy, 2 cars, 2 animals.

PRAY: Praying in colour 

Advocate for your friends and family.


GOSPEL READING: Mark10:36-45



PLAY: with a tea set, or food play, or Doctor’s set anything to encourage serving play.


Wendy L.