Many elements of this year’s Children’s programme, which would usually be listed here, have had to be cancelled as a result of the Covid 19 outbreak, and it is uncertain what our children’s programme will look like through the Autumn. As soon as more details are available, our website will be updated.
Benet’s organises many events throughout the year for families and children. Through them we aim to have fun, learn more about our faith and about each other, bear witness to Christ, and worship together in a way that is especially meaningful for families and children.
We aim to punctuate the Christian year with different celebrations for children for feasts and mile stones such as Candlemas, Easter, the Return to School, Harvest, and Christmas. We also look forward each year to our keeping of St Benedict’s day, which usually involves a bouncy castle an barbecue after the Mass each year.
On some Sundays a children’s Mass is celebrated instead of our normal Sung Mass. These are liturgies which are particularly focussed on the worshipping needs of our younger children.
We also organise special Sunday School projects for our older youngsters in the Autumn and during Lent to encourage our Key Stage 2 children to explore a particular topic creatively over several weeks. Key Stage 2 projects in the past have involved thinking about, “Big Questions,” putting on a puppet passion Play, interviewing parishioners about their faith, and a homeless project involving the knitting of hats for homeless people.
Another fixture of our year for Key Stage 2 children is attending the Children’s Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. That is a wonderful weekend away that many of our young people have really enjoyed and look forward to.
In addition to Sunday activities for children, we also offer a programme of Messy Church meetings on weekdays through the year. More information about Messy Church can be found here.