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.
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.