The Under 5’s (Little Fishes) & Over 5’s (The Followers)
The Children’s Liturgy is held term-time only and takes place during the 10am Family Mass. It is an exciting and spiritual experience for all ages of our community. The Liturgy groups are usually held on the Second & Fourth Sundays of the month (and Fifth Sunday of the month when this occurs) when the children leave the church and attend their own liturgical experience in the new halls, an extension of the Mass. Under 5’s (Little Fishes) to be accompanied by a parent/adult go to the Upper New Hall and Over 5’s (the Followers) go to the Lower New Hall, not necessarily accompanied by an adult. (From 7-8 when children are part of the Parish First Holy Communion Programme, it is expected these children remain with their parents and follow Mass in Church. During the litgurgy the Gospel is read or acted out and the children interact through stories and songs. All the children return to the church at the end of the Prayers of the Faithful and some of the older children partake in the offertory procession. We believe by providing this exciting and invigorating liturgical experience, the children under the age of 7 and parents/carers are able to engage more fully with the Word of the Lord. Full details are available on the ‘Welcome Table’ at the rear of the Church in the blue leaflet ‘Children’.
Liturgists are expected to have a knowledge and passion for the Word of the Lord and will have gone through the Parish Safe Guarding procedure. Should you be interested in becoming involved with this important Ministry, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8672 2179.
Who is it for? For parents with children who are too young to attend Children’s Liturgy on their own (1 – 5 years approx.) including Reception aged children.
Where will it take place? In the Upper New Hall, via the staircase by the sacristy.
What will happen at Parent & Child Liturgy? Songs, actions, prayers for young children to learn with their parents.
When? At the 10.00am Family Mass on the 2nd, 4th and 5th (when this oddurs) Sunday of the Month when the children leave following the opening prayer of the Mass and return to the Church at the end of the Bidding Prayers just before the Offertory procession.
NOTE: One parent must accompany their child to this Liturgy Group. Click to download: Children in Church
In keeping with current legislation, St Anselm’s has a protection panel to oversee the implementation of the Diocesan policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. All people who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults are required to undergo a vetting procedure through the Safe Guarding Office. If you have any enquiries of concerns, the appointed parish representatives are Peggy Jhugroo and Rebecca Bell and can be contacted through the parish office on 020 8672 2179. Should you have any queries in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Screening for parish volunteers please contact: Rebecca Bell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- Introducing reverence.
- Introducing and conveying the message of the day’s Gospel.
- An introduction to prayer.
- General introduction to the Mass.
- We ask parents/carers to remember that our Liturgy sessions are an extension of the Mass and their behaviour will be copied by the children. There should be silence.
- We ask that parents/carers absorb and continue with the message throughout the week, by completing the activity sheet and repeating relevant prayer.
- We ask parents/carers to support their child and the adults leading the class, this will then have a profound effect on the spiritual growth of your child.
- It is through the good humour, care and friendliness of those our children meet that they will realise how God loves them.
- We ask you to refrain from bringing food or liquids into the church and into the liturgy groups. Also refrain from bringing hard or noisy toys into church and the liturgy groups.