Let the little children come to me, do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10,15
The following is the Little Church schedule:
FRIDAY 15th April Good Friday 10:00AM in the Church: Children’s Way of the Cross (for pre-school and primary school children) If your child would like to participate in reading one of the stations, please turn up in church at least 15 minutes beforehand.
SUNDAY 24th April: 11:15AM Little Church in the hall
SUNDAY 22nd May: 11:15AM Little Church in the hall
SUNDAY 29th May: 11:15AM Little Church in the hall
The gaps are to accommodate the First Holy Communion programme which finishes on 14th May. From 29th May onwards, we hope to have Little Church every Sunday until schools break up for summer.
On 15th May, after the 11:15 AM mass, there will be an Afternoon Tea to celebrate Fr Mario’s Silver Jubilee of ordination to the priesthood. Please join us!
Little Church is very active in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish and is run by a group of parents who share the leadership and spiritual guidance of the youngest members of our community.
For pre-communion children, Little Church runs in school term time during 11:15am Mass. During the first part of Mass the children are in the Maryfield Hall and sessions include songs, craft and an explanation of the Gospel adapted for young children. The children then present what they have done before the congregation.
Little Church is well supported and the confidence and competence the children have in showcasing their work and answering Fr Mario’s questions is exemplary. Listening to them read about the theme of the Gospel brings the scripture alive.
Children in Key Stage 2 are welcome to join Junior Church which runs alongside Little Church. Both groups begin and end the gathering together but Junior Church breaks out to reflect in a little more depth on the Gospel reading. An adult leader facilitates the discussion with sensitivity and respect as the children participate, share and listen to each other reflect on the Word and their experience of the Word in their lives.