After Pentecost 10B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under relate to this weeks RCL readings

These are suggestions only to help parents engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents 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.

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

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Lion Story Picture Bible

or The Jesus Storybook Bible

My First read a loud Bible

A4 blue cardboard

2 colours of blue crepe streamer

white cardboard


white paper or journal

paper plate

FIRST READING: 2 Samual 11:1-15

READ:  Lion Story Picture Book pp.142-143

OR The Jesus Storybook Bible p.130 until last paragraph

PLAY: if you have an Ikea road mat or similar, let them play pointing out the rules. ie Stop signs, give way to pedestrians. Emphasis that we all need rules to live by but no one is above God’s rules.



READ: just read the psalm to your little one (on the right of the page) reprinted below

Psalm 14: “There is no God”
“There is no God!” everyone says.
“I can do what I like!” everyone thinks.
“Who cares about God?” everyone asks.
“I’m here for me, I don’t answer to anyone!”
God looks for faith, will he find it anywhere?
God looks for care for the poor.
God looks for love, will he find it in me?

DRAW: would these words make God HAPPY or SAD, draw a happy or Sad face or choose a happy or sad face from one drawn, downloaded or on a cushion.


SAY: God can do more –
WAY more – (spread out your arms)
more than we can ask or
even imagine! (point to your head)

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Paul prays for all, like this Mum does.

PLAY: with your dolls or soft toys, praying for each of them.



READ: My First read a loud Bible pp.176-179 Food for everyone, and Jesus walks on Water


MAKE: colour in and cut out loaves and fishes

then stick onto a paper plate.


Take strips of two different blue crepe paper. Twist them, then cut them to fit on a blue A4 cardboard. Alternating the colours, tape or staple at each end of the board (smaller twists work best) from top to bottom. 

Download a colouring in of Jesus try, but reduce copy to 50%

from Sparkhouse

Colour in Jesus, then attach him to a piece of cardboard that is taller then the A4 sheet, so that he can walk over the water.




Epiphany 5: Ways for the 3’s and under to interact with Sunday’s RCL texts

This week you might need

play doh


Plain paper or drawing book


Toy animals (age appropriate)

Toy food (eg. from Ikea)

Print some colouring in pages

The Rhyme Bible storybook

Old Testament: Isaiah 40: 21-31


Make: Play Doh, Use play doh to create all the wonderful things that God made.

Pray: Creator God

Create in me (pretend to stir a bowl in your arms)

A heart for you (make a heart with your hand)


Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Draw: Pictures of the images that you hear in the Psalm.

Play: Bring in animals toys to care for like God cares for us.

QUESTION: How does this Psalm make you feel?

New Testament: 1 Corinthian 9:16-23

Read/View:  suggested by as an example of how no-one should miss out on a good thing.


Play: Play food and a couple of favourite toys to feed.

Pray: Dear God

Help me to share your word

with everyone


Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Read: The Rhyme Bible Storybook by L J Sattgast p.216

Colouring In:

Make: Draw around your child’s hands , then have them draw all the things that hands can do points out that Hands figure a lot in this reading, Jesus’ hands reaching out, the mother’s hands preparing food,  etc

Pray: The five finger prayer if you don’t know it you can find it here