Lent 5B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today


You can almost feel it, the long haul to Holly Week is almost there. Next Sunday is either Palm or Passion Sunday then it is here, the end of Lent beckons and the joy of Easter awaits.

If you are running late with your Lenten practise this year you might want to use a family study to do in Holy Week please have a look at The Holy Week resource here and see what might suit your family situation.

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.

They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.

If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space to bring out or keep up through Lent.

The colour of Lent is purple, not the same blue based purple as Advent but a red based purple.

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some sand (to symbolise the desert times of the people of God), or cactus plants, some rocks(to represent challenge) for example, or anything that inspires you from any Lent studies you or your family ae doing.

A Book that I would rcommend for sharing about Lent with Children is Make Room A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter by Laura Alary You can see an adaption of this book in a Godly Play method here

If able to worship in the Chruch 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 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 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.

either IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE

During the time of Prayers for the People Try these pick up and pray cards.

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34 A New Promise

READ: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst


See how it relates to the reading here another Storypath suggestion

DO: we have looked at signs and promises through out the seaon of Lent? What were they each week? What might God mean by a new promise?

Here are some hints

MAKE: Draw a large love heart on a piece of paper and either draw those signs that God sends us to remember to turn to God OR write you favourite Bible Verse.

PSALM 51:1-12

I found this Video that helps explain why I value Psalms, it explains how to use the Psalms and uses the book recommended below

READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie- Helene Delval

OR WATCH until the 1.29 minute mark

OR PSALM 119:9-16


SING: Seeds Family Worship The Word of God Vol.8 No.6

How do these Psalms 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 https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/

SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:5-10

READ: We found a Hat by Jon Klasson


find out why this book is suggested for this reading here




Dear Jesus

people have given you

all sorts of names

but you always knew

You were God”s son

Help me to know that I am God’s too


GOSPEL READING: John 12:20-35



DO: Plant a seed or watch a video of a plant growing. or Cook a cake or some biscuits

This silent time, as you wait for the plant to appear or the cake to cook. Is something happening? What else feels like nothing is happening.

PLAY: Spotlight. Use a torch or the phone light to shine a path. Jump into the light spots like they were stepping stones.

EXTENSION: You could Pray while doing that for those you know who are having a hard time and could do with some “light” (something Good) in thier life.


Wendy L.

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


Lent 5:

These suggestions are for use with the 3’s and under who are in worship with you. Or use them during the week to keep connecting with Sunday’s worship.

You may need to organise some resources before Sunday and place in a special Church Bag so you can pick it up and run and have everything with you to share worship with your little one.

Sorry God by Stephanie Carmichael https://www.koorong.com/search/product/sorry-god-books-for-little-ones-series-stephanie/9781925424058.jhtml

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 (The price you pay will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will possibly refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11 (This series has 9 colouring in pages, including a simplified version for younger hands. They cover the Psalms in the RCL until Easter Sunday. I do suggest you purchase them, just remember the price is in $US so will be slightly higher and may attract an international transaction fee. You might like to share this product with other families or ask your congregation to purchase it for you.)

2 paper plates

Butterfly clip

OR thick paper or Journal

photo’s try https://www.pexels.com/search/wheat/

glue stick

strong sticky tape


COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018


One day (put up a finger)

We will all know you (spread your hands wide)


PSALM choice of two Psalms this week

PSALM 51:1-12

COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11

READ: Sorry God by Stephanie Carmichael

OR PSALM 119:9-16

DRAW: An image from one of the verses of this Psalm

MAKE: A  pleading face, either show it on your face or draw it.

GOSPEL READING: Hebrews: 5:5-10

READ/VIEW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np9EmM6W2M8 Watch to the 1.18 sec mark. Thanks to http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-march-18-2018/

ACTION: Thanks to http://childrensministry.org.au/wp-content/uploads/wp/Engage_Together_intergenerational_LentFinal2.pdf

Read the passage and prompt people to crouch down (red) or stand tall (blue) at the appropriate places.

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;
as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his esh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save
him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect,

he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


GOSPEL READING: John 12:20-33

READ/VIEW   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgO_3bHHRaE

CRAFT: Make a pin wheel (better for the 3’s ) or a “food cycle” (better for a younger child)

Pin Wheel you will need 2 paper plates

4 pictures 1) a seed, 2) of wheat 3) of it being harvested 4) of bread see links below for quick sites

clip that lets you move the top plate, (available in multi packs from Officeworks)

Cut a quarter out of the top plate BUT leave the middle to insert pin.IMG_0670-2

Paste picture suggestions below in order on the uncut plate








Attach your choice of pictures representing 1-4 from


attach the 2 plates with the clip ( i always cover the back of the clip with strong tape to prevent the clip from coming loose or harming small fingers.)


OR food cycle

Use same pictures chosen from above link but glue onto a plain sheet or into the Journal in a circle and draw arrows from pictures 1-4.