Children's Liturgy

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The Children's Liturgy is run by a group of volunteer parents of both leaders and helpers.

Please consider whether you might be able to help out (no experience necessary), it is a really rewarding experience and the children enjoy it so much. Please contact Darryn Leslie if you feel you would like to volunteer or would like more information on what is involved.

What is children's liturgy?

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for Key Stage 1 year groups (Reception to Year 3) at the 9:30am Mass during term-time only. All children in this age group are welcome and encouraged to attend unaccompanied - there are volunteer helpers to ensure all children feel happy during this special time.

Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins during Mass, the children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the small hall. The children are reminded that they are still participating in the Mass and are encouraged to sit and listen quietly. They are led through prayers and the same gospel readings that the rest of the congregation hear during Mass. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. If there is time, we also do an activity to reinforce the message related to the Gospel and our discussion. The sessions are an interactive experience where the children are encouraged to share their thoughts on the Gospel reading, ask and answer questions in a relaxed environment.

We return to church before the offertory procession which some of the older children will take part in and 2 children are chosen each week to share with the congregation what the group did.

Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and older youth to help these eager youngsters learn the Word of the Lord.

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