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You have found a collection of ideas to help you contemplate the RCL readings. 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 with you. 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.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
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.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
FIRST READING: Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
READ: THE SPARK Story Bible, Saul to Paul, pp.408-413
OR The Children of God Storybook Bible, Paul, Follows Jesus, pp.120-121
PLAY:Seeing things differently. Get a magnifying glass or use a phone App, to magnify, a bug eye glass (for example) even celepephane, in different colours or smooth it out then crush it up, then look at things through them. Use any of these things to look at the world around you differently. You could make a stained glasss window.
Psalm 30: Joy in the morning
The night was dark,(Cover your eyes with your hands) but joy came with the morning.(do a star jump)
I was so sick (pretend to vomit)I thought I would die,(put the back of our hand on your forehead)
but you healed me,( pretend to wrap a bandage on your arm) you helped me, you saved me! (look up)
You turned my sadness (make a sad face) into dancing!(do a little dance)
You took off my weeping (pretend to wipe away tears)and dressed me in joy! (a star jump)
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. (fold your hands in prayer)
A rewrite by Rev Purdie actions (in italics) by me
How does this Psalm make you feel? make your face show how you feel, or draw it or find an emoji that shows how you feel.
SECOND READING: Revelation 5:11-14
READ: The Jesus Storybook Bible By Sally Lloyd-Jones pp.344-345 the 2 middle paragraphs.
DRAW: What do you do when you are happy?
The image of the lamb is used in this passage, you might want to have a toy lamb with you to play with. Explain that it is one of the images we use for Christ. ( your child will not understand now but in time this will start to make sense to them, especially as the imagery reoccurs during the church year.) Older members could see how many images there are for Christ in the Bible.
GOSPEL READING: John 21:1-19 .
READ: Peter and the Big Breakfast by Andrew Macdonough
OR The Beginner’s Bible, A net full of fish pp. 462-465
DO: You might like to purchase the downloadable activity book that goes along with the Lost Sheep story Peter and the Big Breakfast. For $Aus4.95 you will have lots of activities for everyone to enjoy.
OR Print off the freebie bookmarks and use them to retell the story.
COLOURING-IN D is for Disciple download scroll down
.SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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.