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.
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.
INTRODUCTORY SONG Hey Ha Ha from the Full of the Spirit Album by
Heather Price Music
FIRST READING: JEREMIAH 2:4-13
READ Guji Guji by Zhiyuan Chen
A Storypath suggestion
Draw or build something with blocks? How would you feel if someone came along and destroyed your hard work? Show your answer on your face, or draw it on a paper plate.
God you built a good world for us
Help us to keep it safe
PSALM 81:1 and 10-16
But now your lives are crowded
there’s little space for me. (Rub your hands together)
I long to bless you every day
and fill you with good things (open your mouth)
but I need room to be your God!
You can’t have lots of others. (wag your pointing finger)
I’m not a bonus add-on.
Turn to me, my people! (turn around)
Let me in and let me lead.
Come, let me feed you (open your mouth)
with honey from the rock.
Come, let me love you (give yourself a hug)
and never never stop!
Exert from http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-81-honey-from-the-rock.html actions by me
How does having a God who wants to be good to you make you feel?
Show your answer on your face, or point out an Emoji that shows how you feel.
SECOND READING: HEBREWS 13:1-8 and 15-16
READ: Yonderfel’s Castle by Jean Gralley
A Storypath suggestion
SING: No.10 God is Unchanging by Seed Family Worship from The Character of God album
DRAW: copy a picture, or imitate someone from a show. (based on v.7)
OR create a table picnic for your toys.
GOSPEL READING: LUKE 14:1 and 7-14
READ: Night Out by Daniel Miyares
A Storypath suggestion
Play: with toy food, have a party for teddy
OR plan a party Who would you invite?
I invite all to come
and share a meal together
(practise this at meal times this week or any Grace)
SENDING SONG 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. 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.