AFTER PENTECOST 16 A: ideas to share this week’s rcl readings with even the youngest family members using things you have at home:

This is also a great resource for parents/careers and grandparents to use with their little ones during online or face to face worship, or to use as family devotions during the week.

If you are worshipping on line and are unsure what to do with the “little ears” worshipping with their parents, please feel free to make these suggestions during your service so the young ones too can participate.

If at home you might like to make a space for worship it can be permanent or bought out at times of sharing faith together. We are in the season of After Pentecost, the longest season, and it’s colour is green.

You might like to place a green tablecloth on the dinner table or coffee table, or a white one with green ribbons.

It need be no more complicated than that!

OR you could add a cross, or something that talks to you about faith, such as your Bible.

You can even add a candle (with young children around I like to use the battery operated kind.)

START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or slot it in when the congregation says The Lords Prayer, if you are in a face to face service, or zooming in from Home.

FIRST READING: Exodus 16:2-15

READ: The Jesus Storybook Bible p.100-101

OR The Beginner’s Bible pp.116-118

OR For the very young My First Read-a loud Bible OR the 5-minute Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff, pp.50-51

SHARE a meal together, or make a special afternoon tea. Young Children may play with your toys give them a picnic or afternoon tea. When we eat together what else do we share?

Love some of these ideas. Some might work for your family https://sermons4kids.com/dinner_on_the_ground_group_activities.htm

PSALM 105:1-6, 37-45

READ:

Print out the verses from the Psalm

For chidlren that can read: Remove the verse numbers and then try to reconstruct the verses in order

How does this Psalm make you feel.

How might the Isrealists have felt.

Describe those feelings, 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 https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/

SECOND READING: Phiippians 1:21-30

READ/WATCH: The Fire Cat by Esther Holden Averill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQk2EYwgd0 as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-september-18-2011/

PLAY with your toys, practice being caring of others. If you have a “playmat” like these ones https://www.scattermats.com.au/products/childrens-kids-rugs/car-street-rugs-road-rugs.html

PRAY

May I always remember

To care about others

Like you would

Amen

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 20:1-16

WATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0craw4O3S48&fbclid=IwAR1NlOto2uvOWcCrUQhUQpzLmH2Vr4MQSQSDGt5ABMpt-h5pO6Jn1q8EKSo

COLOURING-IN: I have always recommended Illustrated Ministry’s work, though I prefer free stuff, I have found their work very reflective of how I find meaning in the passages, but more importantly I have noticed that chidlren of all ages love them and find meaning in them. Their FALL season starts today and will give you a colouring in sheet each week until the end of November. It is $US19 for the quarter, and if you have kids that love colouring in it is money well spent COLOURING-IN https://store.illustratedministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2020?variant=31882216570978

PRAY

find some play money or real money

As you place a coin on the table, no matter how much money it is name someone and say

God, values us all tthe same

I am as valuable as (use the persons name)

(Then name that person again) is as valuable as me

to you God

Amen

Blessings

Wendy L.

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After Pentecost 10 A: IDEAS TO SHARE THIS WEEK’S RCL READINGS WITH EVEN THE YOUNGEST FAMILY MEMBERS USING THINGS YOU HAVE AT HOME

If you are worshipping on line and are unsure what to do with the “little ears” worshipping with their parents, please feel free to make these suggestions during your service so the young ones too can participate.

Also a great resource for parents?careers and grandparents to use with their little during online or face to face worship, or to use as family devotions during the week.

These resources are great for the very young, so that all ages can be engaged in worship.

START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or slot it in when the congregation says The Lords Prayer

FIRST READING: GENESIS: 37:1-4,12-28

READ: The Beginner’s read aloud Bible OR the 5 Minute Bible Joseph’s Coat, pp.32-33

)R The Beginner’s Bible, Joseph’s Colourful Robe, pp.71-77

CRAFT: Draw Joseph and his brothers? How many were there?

What set Joseph apart? Show this in your drawing/

OR you might like to try this https://www.schooltimesnippets.com/2015/10/preschool-bible-craft-joseph-colorful-coat.html

Pray

You are with me

Even when things look bad

Thank you

Amen

PSALM 105:1-6,16-22,45b

READ: https://www.psalmsforkids.com/psalm-105/

What Parts of the FIRST READING are in this Psalm?

Does it tell you any more of the story?

Colouring In: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2020?variant=31520646987874 You can find it as the 2020 Summer Series( the season in the Northern Hemisphere) and for $Aus 19, you will have colouring pages until the 30th of August.

SECOND READING: Romans 10:5-15

READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0yJOKdvRrg  Strictly No Elephants by  Lisa Mantchev as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-august-13-2017/

MAKE: A paper chain of people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZo68K6vWZ4.  Decorate your people. All are welcome.  (HINT: You can also use this idea to make Joseph and his brothers in The FIRST READING)

OR you can collect all your toys and read or tell them a Bible story.

PRAY:

Use your paper chain to pray for people you know or who you would like to know.

 

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:22-33

WATCH:

 

READ: My First read-aloud Bible or the 5 minute Bible  both by Boshoff and Batchelor, Jesus walks on Water, pp.178-179

OR The Beginners Bible Jesus Walks on Water, pp.364-370

PLAY: Create, get a blue sheet to table cloth, find a toy boat or make one out out of a box, use your toys as the people involved in the story.

OR draw this story

OR make something look here for some ideas https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-jesus-walks-on-water.html

Older children, might like to think about the things that sink them, the things that they don’t trust God with?

OR you could write some topics, drugs, bullying, Coronavirus, Home schooling etc, on post it notes and place in a box or bowl. Get older children to pull them out on at  time and to place on two sheets of A4 paper, one marked Yes, i would take this to God or No, i wouldn’t take this to God. There are NO wrong answers. Listen to your children as they talk these options through.

PRAY

You lift me up God,

When I talk to you

Amen

(you could say this prayer with these actions, start it while crouching down and and stand up tall while saying it, ending with your arms out high and wide as you say AMEN)

Blessings

Wendy L.