A third or more of our Sunday congregation is made up of children. We value them, and their families, as a gift from God. We are committed to providing for their spiritual, liturgical, and emotional needs, as they grow in faith.
Sunday School takes place on Sunday mornings as part of our Sung Mass. We have a large team of trained Sunday School teachers who lead our children in a period of prayer, teaching, and creativity appropriate to their age.
On Sunday mornings we all begin the Mass together, after which our children then leave for their separate Liturgy of the Word in our parish hall. They return at communion time to show us all what they’ve been up to and to share the insights and learning they have received.
On some Sundays we celebrate a Children’s Mass in which the liturgy is altered slightly to be more approachable for our younger parishioners. At a Children’s Mass the Sunday School does not go to the parish hall, but remains in church throughout. The liturgy is simpler, shorter and sometimes a little more boisterous than usual! The aim is to enable our whole parish community, young and old alike, to worship together for the whole of the Mass.
We always make time every Sunday after the liturgy to spend time together over refreshments. Juice, fruit, and other goodies are always available for our children to enjoy whilst catching up with their friends.