The Children’s Liturgy takes place during 10.30am Mass every Sunday. The number of children attending the Children’s Liturgy has increased enormously from when it started 8 years ago.
All involved in Children’s Liturgy have agreed a common approach to running and improving the Liturgy sessions. The Liturgy group meet regularly to discuss and plan the sessions. Each member of the group then receives the format for each Sunday. The format for each session is the same however the only thing that is different is the Gospel Reading which is the same as the Gospel Reading in the main Mass.
What age group? Children are split into two groups each week. Children between 3 to 5 years are in one group and children from 6 years to the age of preparation for First Holy Communion are in the second group. Parental attendance is not required however parents who attend in the younger old do so on condition that they assist throughout the session. Each group has two catechists which have had training and are CRB checked.
Where do the children gather? As the priest enters the church the catechists and the children follow him. The children gather at the front of the church in front of the altar at beginning of mass. The priest provides the greeting and introduces the theme for the Liturgy session. He then hands the Bible to one of the children. The Children then file out of the church downstairs to the two rooms were the session takes place. What is the format for the session? All children will join their respective groups and sing the ‘Welcome song’. The theme of the week will be presented, discussed and illustrated and gospel discussed. Both groups receive a very simple message and how the gospel reading relates in their world. Children will then be given an activity to complete. This activity reinforces the message from the gospel reading. A closing payer will be said at the end of the session and the children return to their parents during the Offertory.
If you would like to be part of the Children’s Liturgy please contact Elsa Simoes 07939 202522.
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