After Pentecost 12B: ideas to engage everyone(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday

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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 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 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.


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





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 Cut out or decorate paper chain dolls of people you know in mind. Then pray for that person as you colour in.

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

READ: The Beginner’s Bible, The Wise King, pp.194-195

OR Children of God, by Desmond Tutu, King Solomon and teh Queen of Sheba paragraphs 1 and 2 ONLY





What words don’t you understand?

What words make you feel good in this Psalm?

How does this Psalm make you feel? Show us in a drawign or in your face.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 5:15-20

READ When God made Light by Matthew Paul Turner


a suggestion by Storypath


READ Sing Sing a Song by Joe Raposo

READ: When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner


PLAY: Use or make some instruements to accompany your great Singing to God You might find some inspiration here (just be minful of small pieces that a young child might choke on.


Sing the Sing Sing a Song as a prayer

GOSPEL READING: John 6:51-58




SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here


Wendy L.

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4th Sunday after Epiphany Year B: Ideas to engage the whole family (especially the littliest) in the RCL readings.


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.

We are now in the Season of AFTER EPIPHANY. The Liturgical colour is Green.

If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.

You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle ( I prefer battery operated ones around children) and add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for example a dove, a cross, etc.

You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or either of these suggestions can be used when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.


Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

If you like colouring in, by registering with Illustrated Ministries you can recieve a free colouring in page for one of today’s readings?

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

READ: Telephone by Mac Burnett WATCH: This was a choice from Storypath, read to find out why?

DRAW: What you think a prophet might look like? Question: What do they do?

PRAY: Thank you God 

that you keep your promises.




How does this Psalm make you feel?

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 or the Bears App

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

READ: Rupert can Dance by Jules Feiffer WATCH another choice from Storypath read why they suggested this book

PLAY: Play with your TEA SETS or have a picnic. Enjoy all that God has provided for you. Question Would you make someone eat something that they don’t like or would hurt them?


GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:21-28

READ: Meet Jesus in Mark, 1st Paragraph of 1:21-39

PLAY: With your toys, pretend you are someone people obeys. How do they behave. Be that person.


Thank you God 

that you love

all wild things (twist hands into claws, and pretend to be a wild animal)

and they obey you



Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine and acknowledge this page if you have found it useful.

After Pentecost 13B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under engage with the RCL readings this week

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

paper to draw on or Journal


Material square or 20cm of streamer

quiet musical instrument, ie rattle

FIRST READING: 1 KINGS 2:10-12, 3:3-14

READ: The Early Reader’s Bible p.17

OR The Beginner’s Bible, pp.194-195

PRAY: For what ever you want to ask God for

DRAW: around your hand. Then draw five things you would pray for.




DRAW: is this Psalm make you feel Happy or Sad, show on your face or draw the face.


SECOND READING: Ephesians 5:15-20

READ/WATCH: PUFFLING  by Margaret Wild You could stop this story at the 5.48 min mark., as it is the preparation that I think that is more connected to today’s reading,

suggested by


SING and DANCE: make an effort to move to the music today. Wave a small piece of material or tap the rhythm on the songbook, maybe shake a rattle to the rhythm.

GOSPEL: John 6:51-58


WATCH/READ: Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris

PLAY: a good memory game but requires a little preparation before the service.


Wendy L.

Epiphany 4 Resources for the 3’s and under to engage them with the readings

This week you might like to pack :

tea set or food toys

Ikea or Lego people and some toy animals (age appropriate in size)

Plain Paper and texta’s or start a Church diary – buy a book of plain paper pages to draw in each week- just for church.

Book : Where the Wild things are by Maurice Sendak

Download This needs to be purchased quarterly.

Old Testament Reading

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

TELL: retell the reading in your own words. explain that a prophet is someone who tells us about God ie John the Baptist, 

DRAW: What you think a prophet might look like.

PRAY: Thank you God 

the you keep your promises.



DRAW Ask them to draw what they hear as the Psalm is read.


This is a handy resource so for $us10 (about $A 15) you can have colouring pages for a quarter of the year. It is easy to download the purchased files. Because it is an American production the Winter resources are for the current quarter.

QUESTION: Does this verse make you happy or sad?( make a happy or sad face)

New Testament Reading

1 Corinthians 8:1-13


Play at tea party or preparing dinner for a guest. pretend to not like a type of food or have an allergy (many children do, ie to peanuts or dairy etc), then explain that though God made everything good for us, we can not force someone to have something they don’t want or can’t eat.



Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 21-28 

READ: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak or watch it being read here

( this suggestion was made in both


It might be a bit advanced for this age group but it may be read or talked about in the Early World, so like everything check first to see if it is suitable for your child.

DRAW: Wild things that need to come back to God.

PLAY: take along a few figurines (Ikea people or Lego people and some animals) just let them play.

PRAYER: Thank you God 

that you love

all wild things (twist hands into claws, and pretend to be a wild animal)