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Messages for children based on lectionary scripture readings

Welcome to the rfour.org Children’s Time page.  In the sortable table below, you will find links to Children’s Time Messages written for, and organized by, the Revised Common Lectionary. Click the title of each column to sort in ascending order. Click again for descending order. Click one more time to reset the column.


Each Children’s Time Message has its own page with scripture, message, and a list of whatever supplies you may need.


I tend to post each message somewhere between two to four weeks before the designated Sunday.


For an explanation of how I develop the Children’s Time Messages, see my comments below the sortable table.


If you have suggestions or comments, feel free to share them with me.
Thank you.

How I develop the messages    


  • I mostly think about children’s messages in three parts, based loosely on the freeway system.
  • First, I want to help the children get up to speed and merge with the story. Think of this as The On-ramp section of the message. It usually consists of some opening questions and/or an activity.  In fancy educational terms, this approach helps engage a specific schema (or frame of mind). In other words, we are priming their brains for some high-speed learning.  
  • Second, now that all minds have merged on to The Freeway (the story), I now want those minds to travel the distance. This usually consists of re-telling the parts of the story that connect the opening questions/activity with the third part, the destination of the message.
  • Third, I want everyone to arrive at The Destination: The Good News. Every children’s time should have a Good News destination. Typically, for me, the Good news is how a concept in the story is applicable to our lives in the here-and-now. This perspective of mine is inspired by Jesus teaching that the Kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:14-15).


When creating a children’s time message, then, the answer to the question, “What is the Good News of this scripture” is my starting point and I work backwards from that answer.



Beliefs about Children’s Time Messages


  • I believe children’s time should always end in prayer.  And because we learn by mimicking and by repetition, I think its best if the prayer is done in a repeat-after-me style.  Invite the congregation to join in, too.
  • I believe a children’s time message should be between 4 to 7 minutes long. This is one reason why I am not a big fan of letting the kids talk into the microphone.  Sometimes they go on for too long.  Other times they say embarrassing things about themselves or their family that is best left un-amplified.  Instead, repeat their answers into the microphone, sometimes with a helpful edit.
  • I believe practicing a children’s time message is essential.  Once I’m satisfied with the actual message, I run through it at least 5 or 6 times.  I focus more on memorizing the transition points than I do on memorizing the whole message. In the past, I’ve used notecards and recommend you do, too, if you are really nervous.  But the message sounds a lot better when I speak to the kids without notes.
  • I believe an effective children’s message is valuable to an entire congregation and its worship experience. Do not underestimate the importance of bringing God’s message to the people and their children.  I thank you for choosing to share God’s words of love, light and life.
Season Date Scripture
Lect A: Pentecost: 25th Sunday After11.26.2017Matthew 25:31-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After11.19.2017Matthew 25:14-30
Lect A: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After11.12.2017Matthew 25:1-13
Lect A: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After11.05.2017Matthew 23:1-12
Lect A: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After10.29.2017Matthew 22:34-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.22.2017Matthew 22:15-22
Lect A: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After10.15.2017Matthew 22:1-14
Lect A: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After10.08.2017Matthew 21:33-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 17th Sunday After10.01.2017Matthew 21:23-32
Lect A: Pentecost: 16th Sunday After09.24.2017Matthew 20:1-16
Lect A: Pentecost: 15th Sunday After09.17.2017Matthew 18:21-35
Lect A: Pentecost: 14th Sunday After09.10.2017Matthew 18:15-20
Lect A: Pentecost: 13th Sunday After09.03.2017Matthew 16:21-28
Lect A: Pentecost: 12th Sunday After08.27.2017Matthew 16:13-20
Lect A: Pentecost: 11th Sunday After08.20.2017Matthew 15:21-28
Lect A: Pentecost: 10th Sunday After08.13.2017Matthew 14:22-33
Lect A: Pentecost: 9th Sunday After08.06.2017Matthew 14:13-21
Lect A: Pentecost: 8th Sunday After07.30.2017Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Lect A: Pentecost: 7th Sunday After07.23.2017Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Lect A: Pentecost: 6th Sunday After07.16.2017Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Lect A: Pentecost: 5th Sunday After07.09.2017Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Lect A: Pentecost: 4th Sunday After07.02.2017Matthew 10:40-42
Lect A: Pentecost: 3rd Sunday After06.25.2017Matthew 10:24-39
Lect A: Pentecost: 2nd Sunday After06.18.2017Matthew 9:35-10:8
Lect A: Pentecost: 1st Sunday After06.11.2017Matthew 28:16-20
Lect A: Pentecost Sunday06.04.2017Acts 2:1-21, 41
Lect A: Easter - 7th Sunday05.28.2017Acts 1:6-14
Lect A: Easter - 6th Sunday05.21.2017Acts 17:22-31
Lect A: Easter - 5th Sunday05.14.2017John 14:1-14
Lect A: Easter - 4th Sunday05.07.2017John 10:1-10
Lect A: Easter - 3rd Sunday04.30.2017Luke 24:13-35
Lect A: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.23.2017John 20:19-31
Lect A: Easter Sunday04.16.2017John 20:1-18
OR
Matthew 28:1-10
Lect A: Lent - Palm Sunday04.09.2017Matthew 21:1-11
Lect A: Lent - 5th Sunday04.02.2017John 11:1-45
Lect A: Lent - 4th Sunday03.26.2017John 9:1-41
Lect A: Lent - 3rd Sunday03.19.2017John 4:5-42
Lect A: Lent - 2nd Sunday03.12.2017John 3:1-17
Lect A: Lent - 1st Sunday03.05.2017Matthew 4:1-11
Lect A: 8th Sunday after Epiphany02.26.2017Matthew 17:1-9
Lect A: 7th Sunday after Epiphany02.19.2017Matthew 5:38-48
Lect A: 6th Sunday after Epiphany02.12.2017Matthew 5:21-37
Lect A: 5th Sunday after Epiphany02.05.2017Matthew 5:13-20
Lect A: 4th Sunday after Epiphany01.29.2017Matthew 5:1-12
Lect A: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany01.22.2017Matthew 4:12-23
Lect A: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany01.15.2017John 1:29-42
Lect A: 1st Sunday after Epiphany01.08.2017Matthew 3:13-17
Lect A: 1st Sunday after Christmas01.01.2017Matthew 2:13-23
Lect A: Christmas Day12.25.2016Luke 2:1-20
Lect A: Advent: 4th Sunday12.18.2016Matthew 1:18-25
Lect A: Advent: 3rd Sunday12.11.2016Matthew 11:2-11
Lect A: Advent: 2nd Sunday12.04.2016Matthew 3:1-12
Lect A: Advent: 1st Sunday11.27.2016Matthew 24:36-44
Lect C: Pentecost: 27th Sunday After11.20.2016Luke 23:33-43
Lect C: Pentecost: 26th Sunday After11.13.2016Luke 21:5-19
Lect C: Pentecost: 25th Sunday After11.06.2016Luke 20:27-38
Lect C: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After10.30.2016Luke 19:1-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After10.23.2016Luke 18:9-14
Lect C: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After10.16.2016Luke 18:1-8
Lect C: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After10.09.2016Luke 17:11-19
Lect C: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.02.2016Luke 17:5-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After09.25.2016Luke 16:19-31
Lect C: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After09.18.2016Luke 16:1-13
Lect C: Pentecost: 17th Sunday After09.11.2016Luke 15:1-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 16th Sunday After09.04.2016Luke 14:25-33
Lect C: Pentecost: 15th Sunday After08.28.2016Luke 14:1, 7-14
Lect C: Pentecost: 14th Sunday After08.21.2016Luke 13:10-17
Lect C: Pentecost: 13th Sunday After08.14.2016Luke 12:49-56
Lect C: Pentecost: 12th Sunday After08.07.2016Luke 12:32-40
Lect C: Pentecost: 11th Sunday After07.31.2016Luke 12:13-21
Lect C: Pentecost: 10th Sunday After07.24.2016Luke 11:1-13
Lect C: Pentecost: 9th Sunday After07.17.2016Luke 10:38-42
Lect C: Pentecost: 8th Sunday After07.10.2016Luke 10:25-37
Lect C: Pentecost: 7th Sunday After07.03.2016Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Lect C: Pentecost: 6th Sunday After06.26.2016Luke 9:51-62
Lect C: Pentecost: 5th Sunday After06.19.2016Luke 8:26-39
Lect C: Pentecost: 4th Sunday After06.12.2016Luke 7:38-8:3
Lect C: Pentecost: 3rd Sunday After06.05.2016Luke 7:11-17
Lect C: Pentecost: 2nd Sunday After05.29.2016Luke 7:1-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 1st Sunday After05.22.2016John 16:12-15
Lect C: Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday05.15.2016Acts 2:1-21
Lect C: Easter - 7th Sunday05.08.2016John 17:20-26
Lect C: Easter - 6th Sunday05.01.2016John 14:23-29
Lect C: Easter - 5th Sunday04.24.2016John 13:31-35
Lect C: Easter - 4th Sunday04.17.2016John 10:22-30
Lect C: Easter - 3rd Sunday04.10.2016John 21:1-19
Lect C: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.03.2016John 20:19-31
Lect C: Easter03.27.2016Luke 24:1-12
Lect C: Lent - 6th Sunday03.20.2016Luke 19:28-40
Lect C: Lent - 5th Sunday03.13.2016John 12:1-8
Lect C: Lent - 4th Sunday03.06.2016Luke 15:11-32
Lect C: Lent - 3rd Sunday02.28.2016Luke 13:1-9
Lect C: Lent - 2nd Sunday02.21.2016Luke 13:31-35
Lect C: Lent - 1st Sunday02.14.2016Luke 4:1-13
Lect C: Epiphany - Transfiguration Sunday02.07.2016Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
Lect C: Epiphany - 4th Sunday After01.31.2016Luke 4:21-30
Lect C: Epiphany - 3rd Sunday After01.24.2016Luke 4:14-21
Lect C: Epiphany - 2nd Sunday After01.17.2016John 2:1-11
Lect C: Epiphany - 1st Sunday After01.10.2016Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Lect C: Christmas - 2nd Sunday01.03.2016John 1:1-18
Lect C: Christmas - 1st Sunday12.27.2015Luke 2:41-52
Lect C: Advent - 4th Sunday12.20.2015Luke 1:39-55
Lect C: Advent - 3rd Sunday12.13.2015Luke 3:7-18
Lect C: Advent - 2nd Sunday12.06.2015Luke 3:1-6
Lect C: Advent - 1st Sunday11.29.2015Luke 21:25-36
Lect B: 26th Sunday after Pentecost11.22.2015John 18:33-37
Lect B: 25th Sunday after Pentecost11.15.2015Mark 13:01-08
Lect B: 24th Sunday after Pentecost11.08.2015Mark 12:38-44
Lect B: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost11.01.2015Mark 12:28-34
Lect B: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost10.25.2015Mark 10:46-52
Lect B: 21st Sunday after Pentecost10.18.2015Mark 10:35-45
Lect B: 20th Sunday after Pentecost10.11.2015Mark 10:17-31
Lect B: 19th Sunday after Pentecost10.04.2015Mark 10:2-16
Lect B: 18th Sunday after Pentecost09.27.2015Mark 9:38-50
Lect B: 17th Sunday after Pentecost09.20.2015Mark 9:30-37
Lect B: 16th Sunday after Pentecost09.13.2015Mark 8:27-38
Lect B: 15th Sunday after Pentecost09.06.2015Mark 7:24-37
Lect B: 5th Sunday after Pentecost06.28.2015Mark 5:21-43
Lect B: 4th Sunday after Pentecost06.21.2015Mark 4:35-41
Lect B: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost06.14.2015Mark 4:26-34
Lect B: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost06.07.2015Mark 3:20-35
Lect B: 1st Sunday after Pentecost05.31.2015John 3:1-17
Lect B: Pentecost05.24.2015Acts 2:1-21
Lect B: Easter - 7th Sunday05.17.2015John 17:6-19
Lect B: Easter - 6th Sunday05.10.2015John 15:9-17
Lect B: Easter - 5th Sunday05.03.2015John 15:1-8
Lect B: Easter - 4th Sunday04.26.2015Acts 4:5-12
Lect B: Easter - 3rd Sunday04.19.2015Luke 24:36b-48
Lect B: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.12.2015John 20:19-31
Lect B: Easter Sunday04.05.2015John 20:1-18
Lect B: Lent - 6th Sunday (Palm Sunday)03.29.2015John 12:12-16
Lect B: Lent - 6th Sunday (Palm Sunday)03.29.2015Mark 11:1-11
Lect B: Lent - 5th Sunday03.22.2015John 12:20-33
Lect B: Lent - 4th Sunday03.15.2015John 3:14-21
Lect B: Lent - 3rd Sunday03.08.2015John 2:13-22
Lect B: Lent - 2nd Sunday03.01.2015Mark 8:31-38
Lect B: Lent - 1st Sunday02.22.2015Mark 1:9-15
Lect B: Epiphany - 6th Sunday02.15.2015Mark 1:40-45
Lect B: Epiphany - 5th Sunday02.08.2015Mark 1:29-39
Lect B: Epiphany - 4th Sunday02.01.2015Mark 1:21-28
Lect B: Epiphany - 3rd Sunday01.25.2015Mark 1:14-20
Lect B: Epiphany - 2nd Sunday01.18.2015John 1:43-51
Lect B: Epiphany - 1st Sunday01.11.2015Mark 1:4-11
Lect B: Christmas - 2nd Sunday After01.04.2015John 1:1-18
Lect B: Christmas - 1st Sunday After12.28.2014Luke 2:22-40
Lect B: Advent - 4th Sunday12.21.2014Luke 1:26-38
Lect B: Advent - 3rd Sunday12.14.2014Luke 1:46-55
Lect B: Advent - 2nd Sunday12.07.2014Mark 1:1-8
Lect B: Advent - 1st Sunday11.30.2014Mark 13:24-37
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 23rd Sunday11.23.2014Matthew 25:31-46
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 22nd Sunday11.16.2014Matthew 25:14-30
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 21st Sunday11.09.2014Matthew 25:1-13
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 20th Sunday11.02.2014Matthew 23:1-12
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 19th Sunday10.26.2014Matthew 22:34-46
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 18th Sunday10.19.2014Matthew 22:15-22
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 17th Sunday10.12.2014Matthew 22:1-14
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 16th Sunday10.05.2014Matthew 21:33-46
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 15th Sunday09.28.2014Matthew 21:23-32
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 14th Sunday09.21.2014Matthew 20:1-16
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 13th Sunday09.14.2014Matthew 18:21-35
Lect A: Ordinary Time - 12th Sunday09.07.2014Matthew 18:15-20

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