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For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.

Whether you are preparing traditional worship or an all age or Intergenerational service. You can include this link or share these ideas in your Church newsletter, in your Order of service or on your media notes. .

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or with broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch

Or during family devotion times.

I use 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.

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 on this page. 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.

Here is a great presentation on children’s spirituality, but most importantly from the 40 minute mark on, it speaks about the importance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.

Last Day of the Liturgical Year

Today is the last day of the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. It is a special day, The Reign of the King and we are reminded that God’s Kingdom does not end. Advent the season where we prepare for the arrival of God’s promise starts next week. Traditionally the liturgical colour is White, though some prefer to use Gold for these special days.

You can find more about the Liturgical calendar here


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 Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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


WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.



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


A more contemplative version

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks


From Matins and Vespers Prayer of the People Intersections and Thanksgivings from Liturgical Folk. You can listen to this as silent prayer, or stop it after each refrain and mention those on your heart.

FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 23:1-7

READ: OLD PIG by Margaret Wild


A suggestion fron Storypath, read why.

WRITE: What important things would you like to be remembered for

DRAW: on one side of a sheet of paper, draw the night, on the other side of the paper draw the day

PSALM 132:1-12(13-18)

Psalm 132: The Forever King 

Once upon a time, God made a promise (make a big circle with your arms)
to a king called David. (pretend to put your crown on)
“One of your great great grandsons (pretend to count a lot of people standing next to you)
will be King forever. (pretend to put on your crown)
He will be the light of the world (pretend to light a candle)
His will be the greatest victory (arms up high)
In him I will be, (point to yourself)
in him I will live. (jump)
In him I will show my love to the world.” (make a love heart with your hands)

Words by Rev Purdie actions in brackets by me

How does this Psalm make you feel? Draw how you feel or choose an emoji that shows how it makes you feel

SECOND READING: Revelation 1:4b-8

READ: The Whirl Story Bible, Alpha and Omega pp.398-409

DRAW/PLAY: How would you imagine someone important arriving at your home. Draw a picture of it or play out the scene with puppets or toys etc.


MAKE: an infinite flipper

GOSPEL READING: John 18:33-37


SING Is this the King by Colin Buchanan on Boss of the Cross


Father God,

Help me listen to Jesus

To hear His voice



SENDING HYMN 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. 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.


After Pentecost 27B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under relate to this weeks RCL readings.

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

NOTE: This is the end of the Liturgical year, many churches will be drapped in white this week. Take the time to ask your child what has changed in the church this week. White is the Liturgical colour that represents change. Next week we start a new year and a new season.

They can also be used at home during Family Devotion Time. Remember it is never too early to start faith practices in the home.

If using during worship 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.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

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.

Remember you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

You might need to prepare these in advance , The last of AMERICAN FALL OUR Spring . For $10 American dollars (about $Aus 16) you have 12 weeks of colouring sheets. Or you can combine with other parents or ask the Church to make the purchase for yourself and the families.

Crepe Ribbon

sticky tape or glue stick


2 pigs soft or plastic but not too small that they could be swallowed.

OR 2 of another animal

Coloured card

figure 8 train or car set.


FIRST READING: 2 Samual 23:1-7


Old Pig by Margaret Wild as suggested by

PLAY: 2 pigs, soft or plastic but be mindful of the age of the child that the pigs are not too small that they can be swallowed by a child still putting things in their mouth.

OR 2 of any other animal.


PSALMS: 132:1-12 (13-18)


Psalm 132: The Forever King 

Once upon a time, God made a promise
to a king called David.
“One of your great great grandsons
will be King forever.
He will be the light of the world
His will be the greatest victory
In him I will be,
in him I will live.
In him I will show my love to the world.”


SECOND READING: Revelation 1:4b-8


In a village by the sea by Muon Van

suggested by

MAKE: Make an infinity loop. Take a 40cm of crepe ribbon, glue the ends together after you twist the streamer so that you are glueing the back of one end to the front of the other. Now draw a line, straight or wiggly but continually until it meets again, and it will be on both sides of the loop.

If you have older children you might like to make an infinity heart card

PRAY: In the beginning God there was you. (Hold your hand out as if reaching to shake someone’s hand)

At the end there you will be too (Put the other hand out, while still leaving the first one in place)

In the middle of it all (look at the gap between your hands)

there is you 


GOSPEL READING: John 18:33-37

READ: Dave the Donkey by Andrew McDonough

This captures the idea the continuity of God’s story as it juxtaposes Jesus’s death and birth 

There is a Dave the donkey activity book for $Aus 4.95 that can be downloaded with many activities for many age levels. Pick and choose what would suit.

Colouring -In: The Last of the AMERICAN FALL OUR Spring.

PLAY: if you have a figure 8 train set or car set to play with, this loop allows them to play infinitely, a game with no biggining or end.


Wendy L.