EASTER 6C:  Revised Common Lectionary: ideas to involve even the youngest.

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. Today you might like to add some purple cloth or ribbon today.

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.

FIRST READING; Acts 16:9-15

READ: Spark Story Bible, Lydia, pp.418-42


DRAW: A picture of Paul baptising Lydia


Everyone Praise God, our God, be good to us and bless us (hold your hands in prayer)

make your face to shine upon us (trace your face with your finger)

make your ways known in all the earth (hold your hands as if they were a book)

show your saving power in all the nations. (shield your eyes as if looking into a bright light )

God, our God, has been good to us and blessed us (Hold your hands in prayer)

God is blessing us now and will keep on blessing. (point to an imaginary watch)

All you peoples – praise our God! (hold your hands out at about head level)

All you nations – be glad, sing for joy! (make a happy face)

For God rules with justice and peace ( point your finger)

and guides all the nations (hold your hand out with the palm up)

God brings forth goodness on the earth. (Crouch down low then grow tall)

All you peoples – praise our God! (hold your hands out at about head level)

To the very ends of the earth – (look into the distance)

honour and rejoice in God! (look very happy)

Words from Rev. Purdie http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-67-all-you-peoples-praise.html

actions by me

RESPONSE: How does this Psalm make you feel? Make a face, Happy or Sad?

SECOND READING: Revelation 21:10 and 22-22:5

READ: God Created By Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones


A suggestion by Storypathhttp://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-may-1-2016/

DRAW: Your most favourite place or a place that you would really love to be in.


Let your Light shine out God Amen

GOSPEL READING: John 14:23-29

READ: Llama Llama misses Mama


as suggested by Storypath read the explanation to see why this is a good fit for this reading.

DRAW: Fold an A4 paper into thirds. Draw a heart on the first third Draw a Peace sign on the Second third Draw a cross on the third third. Let your child colour them in, or copy the shapes if they are closer to 3 years old.


Help my heart to be yours God

My we live in peace With faith in you


OR John 5:1-9

READ/WATCH: This is a Very long video for the younger age group so you might want to watch the video in small time bites. You could stop the video at 4.30 minutes mark for the little ones. Perfect for mid-to senior primary school kids.


PLAY: act out the story using your toys.

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.

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.