‘What is Little Church?’ we are often asked. ‘What do they do?’ ‘Who can go?’
After the Penitential Rite, at the 10.15 am Mass, we take children (and some of their adult family members) to the Parish Centre and explain one of the Sunday readings – usually the Gospel - in a way that most children will be able to understand. We don’t specify an age range, so we welcome children from birth! Anyone visiting the Parish are also very welcome to join us if they wish.
We return to Mass for the Offertory Procession and take some items onto the Altar.
On some occasions, we concentrate on other aspects of the Liturgical Season such as Advent, Lent, Mother’s Day, a Feast Day etc. As there are different methods of learning, we use various ways of helping children to understand what we have been discussing. We chat, sing, make items and colour pictures – though not necessarily all on one day!
Many friendships have been made over the years – children and adults alike. Discussions between adults often help with decisions for home and work situations. Older children help to encourage younger ones to share items and work together. We also learn about traditions in other Countries.
Many children have gone on to be Altar Servers or Choir Members when they have felt ready to do so.
Over the next 12 months we are hoping to become more involved with Mass itself; but obviously this will depend on children coming on a regular basis to practise – so fingers crossed that our numbers continue to rise.
If you would like to know more about us, please speak to one of our team at any time.
Monica, Shirley, Katie & Lee
Many thanks to all who have helped us in any way over the years.