After Pentecost 10B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday



They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers, for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry and for Ministers looking for ways to introduce more all age elements in their worship

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.

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. 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.


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 Lords prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service.

If looking for a version with ACTIONS OR

Or if you are looking for 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: Pour yourself a drink,(Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels) and each time you take a sip pray for someone who needs God to fill them up.

FIRST READING: 2 SAMUEL 11:26-12:11a

READ: David Gets into Trouble by David Shannon


a storypath suggestion

DO: Find a Mirror, or use a phone. Sometimes we need someone to show us what we look like. David did, so Nathan told him a story. Look in a mirror and draw a picture of yourself?


God remind me

that I am your child

Help me to hear

What you need to tell me


PSALM 51:1-12

READ: For younger children

Psalms for Children by Marie-Helene Delval

For Older Children:

Psalm 51: The Washing Psalm

(a Psalm of confession)

Be kind to me, O God
Be gentle with me.
I am clogged up with sin
dirt has dried around my heart
I feel terrible about myself
I am not a good person
I have hurt people
and let you down.

Be kind to me, O God
Be gentle with me.
Reach into your deep store of age-old love.
Get out your scrubbing brush
and wash me clean.
Scrape away my guilt
and scrub me on the inside.
You delight in truth,
so teach me to be wise.

Clear out my lies
and soak me in truth.
Create in me a clean heart
and renew your Spirit within me.
Then I will sing of your freedom
and praise your great kindness
with a fresh voice and a light heart.

a rewriting of the Psalm by Rev. Purdie

Circle all the images in this Psalm. I wonder which image appeals to you most? Draw this image that appeals to you on one side of the paper?

I wonder which image you like the least? Draw it on the other side of the paper.

What actions would you put with these words?



LISTEN a Storypath suggestion

Draw the outline of a person, then draw as many people that you can think of in that outline



EAT a sandwich,(Photo by Erin Wang from Pexels), or a roll, (Photo by Farhad Ibrahimzade from Pexels)or have some pita bread with dip(Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels)

How do these things fill us up?

What else do we need that fills us up?( Photo by André Cook from Pexels), (Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels)


From the tips of my toes(wiggle your toes)

To the top of my head(pate your head)

May I be filled (pretend to pour a drink)

With the wonder of You (arms stretched out wide)

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


Wendy L.

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


After Pentecost 11B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under connect with 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 for Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. They can also be useful if you are visiting a different church this weekend.

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.

Lion Story Picture Bible

or The Jesus Storybook Bible


journal or A4 white sheets

paper plates

Doll house toys OR play mat toys

toys to pretend wash

Food toys stop at step 2 of Part 2 as the rhyme is different but it will show you what to do with your hands if you are not familiar with the actions.


FIRST READING: 2 Samual 11:26-12:13a

READ: Lion Story Picture Book pp.142-143

OR The Jesus Storybook Bible p.130 until last paragraph

PRAY: Thank you that you are a loving God (make a heart with your hands).

Who listens (cup your hand around your ear

When we are sorry (hand your head)


PLAY: with a dolls house, or on a road mat. When you hear your little ones say sorry during play acknowledge it.

PSALM 51:1-12

READ: I love this version but it is still too advanced for this age group, so I’m placing it here if you have older children who might find it helpful


PLAY: Let them wash or wipe clean a doll or toy

EMOTION: IS This Psalm Desperate or Hopeful? Draw or make a face showing your chosen emotion. If using paper plates to draw the faces on. Keep them each week so you can reuse them by getting them to choose an emotion from the collection, rather than draw them.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:1-16

WATCH/READ: You might prefer to watch this at home or keep the volume low, or generously share it with those around you!

Book Suggested BY


“Here Is the Church”finger-play that young children enjoy insists that the church is not a building but people.  When I goggled it I discovered there are lots of versions of this.  The one that fits today is:

Here is the church

Here is the steeple

Open the doors

See all the people.

You CAN have a church

Without any steeple.

But you can’t have a church

Without any people. 

from stop at step 2 of Part 2 as the rhyme is different but it will show you what to do with your hands if you are not familiar with the actions.

PLAY: With toys that have pieces that need to be fitted together to make them up, ie blocks, puzzles, Ikea people etc. keep them age appropriate and make sure that there are no small pieces that your child might swallow.

GOSPEL READING: John 6: 24-35

WATCH/READ: Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris

OR READ p.102 of The Jesus Storybook Bible

PLAY: with food toys, such as the IKEA

CRAFT: cut out pictures of different types of bread and stick them on a paper plate



Wendy L.



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 (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)×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

glue stick

strong sticky tape




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


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 Watch to the 1.18 sec mark. Thanks to

ACTION: Thanks to

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


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.