15th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, Revised Common Lectionary: ideas to involve even the youngest.

Welcome.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, for the Word of God and to participate in Worship.

We are now in the longest season of the Liturgical calendar, After Pentecost, it is often refered to as Ordinary Time, as no big celebrations occur in this season. The Liturgical colour is Green.

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

The mont of Septemebr is also the Season of Creation, and you might like to add flowers, animal toys, twigs, dirt etc. as well as setting up a candle,(or as this years theme is the burning bush you might like to add something like this) 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.



INTRODUCTORY SONG Hey Ha Ha from the Full of the Spirit Album by

Heather Price Music

OR To celebrate the Season of Creation SING/LISTENto Nature to Nurture by Heather Price from the Full of the Spirit Album No.8


READ The Pond By Nicola Davies


DRAW: This is a sad story and there is also hope in it DRAW you favourite parts of the story or show the emotions that are in the book or in the Bible Passage.

DO: You might like to try some of these prayerfilled refection activities by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots,

PSALM 79: 1-9


How does the Psalm make you feel? Draw it or point out the emotion from your phone’s emoji’s, even show it in your body.


READ: What everychild should Know about Prayer by Nancy Guthrie (you can buy it here)


SING For There is one God by Colin Buchanan on his album Boom Chicka Boom

PRAY: Choose an interactive prayer to use( one that you may not have used before)

GOSPEL READING: Luke 16:1-13

READ: Supply a set of puppets or let them make some so that they can play out the passage. Go outside and pick up some of natures bits and pieces to make puppets or three dimensions drawings. Read it from a Children’s Bible such as The Beginner’s Bible or the ICB version from Biblegateway (you don’t need to explain this passage, just let it play out and see what the text brings out in everyone)

OR READ: The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool


a Storypath suggestion

Colouring in


May you God,

be the reason,

i do things.

Nothing else


SENDING SONG 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. If you find this page useful an acknowledgment is always appreciated. Thank you.

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


15th Sunday after Pentecost Year C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

To all in Victoria and Queensland in Australia, and to those in New Zealand, it’s finally the end of the term. So if you are travelling take these ideas with you so you never find yourself without something for you young ones to do to connect them with the services you may visit. And if staying home, as many who still operate Sunday Schools also go into recess, you no longer have an excuse to take a break from Worship as you can use these suggestions help the younger ones connect during the service.

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.

Always have plain drawing paper, washable  TEXTA’S , the books that are suggested and the toys or craft suggested for this week

Remember to download the colouring sheets and check out the links before Sunday morning.

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

Sing or sway during the Hymns

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. Don’t throw these out when you leave the church. Keep them at home in a special box, and bring them out to remind your child what has been happening or use as future prayer points.

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.

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


READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1ib5A-IqU Bluebird by Bob Staake as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-september-22-2013/

COLOURING -IN: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/coloring-sheets-posters/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2019?variant=29474498478178 Under the USA term of Fall 2019, there are 13 colouring in sheets for the next 13 weeks, which can be downloaded for US$10. NOTE Illustrated Children’s Ministry is now Illustrated Ministry.

This is a sad story Draw it or show it or point out the emotion 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/

PSALM 79: 1-9

READ: https://www.psalmsforkids.com/psalm-79/

How does the Psalm make you feel? Draw it or show it or point out the emotion 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/



READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-23tJo3Oek Bring me a Rock by Daniel Miyares as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-september-18-2016/

SING/LISTEN: https://colinbuchanan.com.au/collections/christian/products/boom-chicka-boom-cd-mp3 Number 3 on Colin Buchanan’s album Boom Chicka Boom

PRAY: Line up your toys.

What would you pray for each of them.

is there someone you know that needs your prayers. Pray for them now, even if they are not that nice to us.

GOSPEL READING: Luke 16:1-13

READ: Retell these verses to your child. Then let them play out the story themselves

OR READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zO_NJYvqHs Harold loves his Wooly Hat by Vern Kousky a suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-september-22-2019/

COLOURING IN: https://stushieart.com for an annual fee of $25 or encourage your church to have take a subscription, Try this weeks Gospel drawing.

You are not finished even if the service has.

Now is the time to continue teaching your child beyond the walls of the church. 

Use the craft or drawings during the week to talk about the service or the stories.

Use any of the readings during the week, at bedtime, as story time or during the day in play or prayer.

Enjoy sharing your faith with your child.


Wendy L.