EASTER 2 C:  Revised Common Lectionary: ideas to involve even the youngest.

WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.

While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help you remember and build on what you experienced on Sundays. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship and explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The ideal is to form a life long love of Christ and for the Word of God.

We are now in the season of EASTER and the Liturgical colour is White (though many substitute GOLD)

If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a white or gold, placemat, or ribbons.

You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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 use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or use your ipad or iphone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.

CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children. If you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life, please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation. I am very happy for you to copy and paste ideas from here into your own Order of Service or for you to supply a link to this page. An acknoledgement though is always appreciated.



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

2 with ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE

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


If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too.



READ: Unspoken By Henry Cole


A Storypath Suggestion



Let me (point to yourself)

tell others (point to your mouth)

about you (arms out wide)

Amen (one clap)

PSALM 118:14-29

READ: I WILL REJOICE by Karen Wilson


SING: Seeds Vol. 10 When you Lie Down, No.4 You are my God


LISTEN Psalms by Liturgical Folk, No.10 Psalm 150



READ THE WHIRL Story Bible, Alpha and Omega, pp.398-399

MAKE: fold a piece of ribbon or a paper strip into an infinite loop. Instead of joining the ends the same way up, join them up and down putting a twist into the paper or ribbon.


Let them draw a continual line around the loop to see what happens.

FIND: Look around your Church, if you are in the church building, or through some Christian books to see if you can find the Alpha and Omega Symbols ΑΩ



READ: The Whirl Story Book Bible, Thomas Wonders pp.334-337

DRAW or write or explore about some of the things you wonder about?

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


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge this page if you find it useful. Thank you.

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

I have qualifications in Education, Theology and Children’s Spirituality, and have worked as a Children and Families Worker in a city church. I use simple and easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. 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, saving you time from sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts.


EASTER 2 YEAR C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

If you are a parent or Guardian

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

You have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.


READ: The Early Readers Bible pp.467-469

DRAW: Can you draw a picture that tells a story?

PLAY: with sequence cards or blocks to make up a story. You could use the bookmarks from The Lost sheep website to retell the resurrection of Jesus https://www.lostsheep.com.au/stories/mary-and-the-gardener/


Let me be your witness God



PSALM 118:14-29

READ/WATCH: I WILL REJOICE by Karen Wilson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmSUgxqOHAE

COLOURING-IN :https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lent/products/psalms-coloring-posters?variant=5702410895392 You may have bought this series last year so check your download folder.

SING: https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/when-you-lie-down-lullabies-scripture-songs/# NUMBER 4



Psalm 150: Everything praise!

Have you heard? Our God is great! (spread out our arms up and away from your body)
Galaxies – spin with praise. (turn around in a circle)
People – dance and sing. (do a dance)
Play the music, louder, louder! (pretend to play an instrument or if you can make a noise pick up a musical instrument)
Trumpets, organ, cymbals, guitar. (pretend or actually play these instruments)
Creatures, everything that lives – (pretend to pat an animal)
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (spread out our arms up and away from your body)

Thanks again to http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-150-kiwi-praise.html actions by me

SHOW/FIND: a VERY happy face.

SECOND READING: REVELATION 1:4-8 Beginning and the End

READ The Jesus storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones read the second last page from “It was hard to squeeze ——-perfect home once again”

MAKE: fold a piece of ribbon or a paper strip into an infinite loop. Instead of joining the ends the same way up, join them up and down putting a twist into the paper or ribbon.




Let them draw a continual line around the loop to see what happens.



READ: The Lion Picture Bible, He is alive.340-343

OR My First Read -a -loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff, pp. 230-231 Thomas Believes.

COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/coloring-sheets-posters/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2019 PURCHASE IS DOWNLOADABLE  AND IS IN AMERICAN DOLLARS FOR 14 WEEKS (7 WEEKS IN)

DO: this is a great story to retell using their toys or by making a felt board using stiffened felt as the back board and cutting out characters from felt. So they can retell the story.


Wendy L.