Easter 3: Ideas and starters

A focus on the Gospel Reading could utilise the following ideas:

  • Provide a visual focus with a real fishing net and some fish cutouts (congregants could write Easter thanksgiving prayers on these, for example)
  • Gather outdoors around a barbecue fire (IF you don’t have a total fire ban in your area) and begin the Eucharist with the greetings and Gospel reading. Hand around little portions of fish & bread (Tuna on bread would be fine) before going into the Church
  • Dramatise the dialogue aspects of the Gospel – copy the text from the link above and underline the part for Jesus and bolden the part for Peter – print out parts for the reader, Jesus & Peter
  • One sermon starter is around Jesus’ question “Do you love me?”, and its echo of Peter’s threefold denial. The question, of course, can be asked of all of us
  • Use the hymn “Will you come and follow me?” (The Summons) from the Iona Community. Visit the link for the words and tune. (You should have a copyright licence to use this hymn if it is not in one of your hymnbooks).

If you have other ideas based on the Gospel for Easter 3, please add a comment

New all-age worship resource

Here’s a little quarterly booklet packed full of useful ideas for Sunday-by-Sunday preparation where all ages are in church together. If you think Scripture Union materials are not your thing, I urge you to think again as the material really provides exciting ways of engaging with the Sunday readings without costing an arm and a leg.

A bonus feature is the number of links provided which enable you to download reprintable materials for free.

There is also a larger publication called the “All Age Service Annual” which provides material for thematic services (rather than lectionary based ones).

St Stephen’s Onerahi LSM have purchased this material and are already putting the ideas to use. The booklet should arrive within a week of ordering from the Scripture Union site (you’ll need a credit card).

Snippets originally from:


Light for the Lectionary (April – June 2010)

Light for the Lectionary (April – June 2010) – All Age

  • Series: Light
  • Readership: Leaders of all-age worship
  • ISBN: SU-LL102
  • Format: A5 magazine , 128 pages
Price: £5.99

Remember: Adults usually like creative liturgy too, and it’s a great way of engaging newcomers

This quarterly volume makes the approach and expertise of Scripture Union’s market-leading Light resources available to those churches using a lectionary to explore and teach the Bible in their all-age worship services.

Each volume contains 15 all-age service outlines with nine or ten elements organised under the headings of ‘Bible’, ‘Prayer’ and ‘Helpful Extras’. Light for the Lectionary is compatible with both the Revised Common Lectionary and the ‘Common Worship’ lectionary used by Church of England.