What Is Children's Liturgy
'Children's Liturgy' is actually the 'Liturgy of the Word for Children'. We cover the Sunday Gospel and readings at a level the children can understand and enjoy. We enrich this with discussion, prayers, and songs. We also try to raise awareness of God's love, the humanity of Jesus, the Seasons of the Church, the understanding of symbols in the Mass and the context of the Bible.
Our aim is to make the children's experience of church meaningful, whilst helping them to grow in the faith of the Catholic Church and develop as full and active members of our Parish Community.
Why Children's Liturgy?
The first half of the Mass is the Liturgy of the Word where we listen to readings from the Bible, followed by the Homily. However, we all recognise that both of these are generally aimed towards the majority of the congregation which is essentially adult. This proves to be of little interest to a young child who may become bored, making church a negative experience.
When do you hold the Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy is held every Sunday during term time at the 10.15 Mass at St Joseph's, Milford and the 8.45 Mass at St. John's, Farncombe. The children are asked to come forward after the opening prayer of the Mass and then they process to the Sacristy or Parish Room where the Liturgy takes place. They return to join the full congregation at the offertory. Any work they have done is brought up during the offertory as their gift to God and the Community.
Who can attend Children's Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy is open to all children of primary school age, from year R to year 6. Younger siblings are welcome to be brought in if accompanied by a parent.
Who runs Children’s Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy is run by parents / adults in the parish who are keen to pass on their faith to the children. They use a variety of resources and each session is based on the readings of the day. We are always looking for people to help as either a session leader or helper.
Once a month we hold a Children’s Mass at St Joseph’s, Milford, at 10.15 am. The children involved in the First Holy Communion programme are invited to take part in either reading or in the offertory procession at these Masses.
There are two further Children's Masses in which all children of the parish are welcomed to participate. These are the Carol Mass on the Sunday before Christmas, and the Christmas Day Mass at St. Joseph's.