Children’s Liturgy

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Children’s Liturgy at St Edmund’s
At St Edmund’s, we offer Children’s Liturgy every Sunday except during August and on those Sundays when we have Family Mass or on special occasions such as Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and First Holy Communion. At St Thomas More in Harleston Children’s Liturgy is arranged by Emily Rogers and Clare Foster-Clarke (see Parish Directory for details).

What it’s all about
The purpose of Children’s Liturgy is to encourage the children to participate fully in the Mass, to nurture their relationship with God and to introduce them to other children in the parish community.

Children’s Liturgy is actually the Liturgy of the Word for children. We cover the Gospel of the day at a level the children can understand and enjoy. Following the reading, we use a mix of discussion, prayers, songs, role play, drawing and crafts to bring the meaning of the Gospel story to life.

Note: Although these activities can be fun, we are careful to make the connection between the activity and the message of the Gospel reading. In this way, the focus is on the Word, not on the activity.

Age Group
Children’s Liturgy is primarily aimed at younger children, up to their First Holy Communion. However, some older children continue to join us, often giving a hand with activities, and are welcomed.

There is no minimum age for accompanied children. If you would like to accompany your child but also have a babe in arms, no problem – you are all welcome.

You are very welcome to accompany your child until he/she feels confident to attend alone or under the supervision of the Leader or Helper. As children become familiar with the format, we find they enjoy the independence of attending with their new community friends and this also allows parents to focus on Mass without distraction.

Organisation
Children’s Liturgy takes place in the church hall.  The children are led out by the Leader and Helper shortly after the beginning of Sunday Mass and return to the church during the Offertory, when they join the congregation for the remainder of Mass.

Children’s Liturgy is run by a rota of Leaders and Helpers from the parish, all of whom have been DBS (CRB) checked. Right now, we’re looking for more people to join our rota so, if you are interested in giving a hand, please have a word with Fr Charles or with Jenny Beaugeard, who co-ordinates the rota.

If you have any questions regarding Children’s Liturgy or ideas on how we can improve it, we’d love to hear from you.   You can contact Jenny Beaugeard via email: jenny.beaugeard@gmail.com

The rota for the coming year is given below.  NB: This is subject to minor change, depending on holiday arrangements, illness etc.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY ROTA – AUTUMN 2017 TO SUMMER 2018

Leaders: Jenny Beaugeard; Frances Fairbairn-Harvey; Helen Kirby; Alexandra Muir.

Helpers: Sonia Montagu; Anna Thatcher; Frances Mann; Caroline Coles.

 DATE  LEADER      HELPER      LITURGICAL YEAR A
October  1 Alexandra Caroline 26th Sunday Ordinary Time
October  8 NO CL TODAY FAMILY MASS Harvest
October  15 Fran Sonia 28th Sunday Ordinary Time
October  22 Jenny Anna 29th Sunday Ordinary Time
October  29 Helen Frances 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
       
November 5 Fran Sonia 31st Sunday Ordinary Time
November 12 Jenny Anna 32nd Sunday/ Remembrance Sunday
November 19 Alexandra Caroline 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
November 26  NO CL TODAY FAMILY MASS Christ the King/St Edmund’s Day
  NEW LITURGICAL YEAR B
December 3 Fran Sonia 1st Sunday of Advent
December 10 Jenny Anna 2nd  Sunday of Advent
December 17 Helen Frances 3rd  Sunday of Advent
December 24 Alexandra Caroline 4th Sunday of Advent/ Christmas Eve
December 31 TBD TBD The Holy Family
January  7 Fran Sonia Baptism of the Lord
January 14 Helen Frances 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time
January  21 Alexandra Caroline 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
January  28 FAMILY MASS NO CL  TODAY Fr Charles’ Birthday!
February  4 Fran Sonia 5th Sunday Ordinary Time
February  11 Jenny Anna 6th Sunday Ordinary Time
       
February  18 Helen Frances 1st Sunday of Lent
February  25 Alexandra Caroline 2nd Sunday of Lent
       
March 4 Fran Sonia 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 11 Jenny Anna Mothering Sunday (Family Mass???)
March 18 Helen Frances 5th Sunday of Lent
March 25 Alexandra Caroline Palm Sunday
March 30 TBD TBD GOOD FRIDAY
       
April 1 NO CL TODAY Easter Sunday Easter Sunday
April 8 & 15 NO CL DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
April 22 Helen Frances 4th Sunday of Easter
April 29 Fran Sonia 5th Sunday of Easter
       
May 6 Alexandra Caroline 6th Sunday of Easter
May 13 NO CL TODAY FAMILY MASS Devotion to Our Lady
May 20 Helen Frances Pentecost
May 27 Jenny Anna Most Holy Trinity
       
June 3 Alexandra Caroline 9th Sunday Ordinary Time
June 10 NO CL FAMILY MASS First Holy Communion
June 17 Jenny Anna 11th Sunday Ordinary Time
June 24 Helen Frances Birthday of John the Baptist
   
July 1 Fran Sonia 13th Sunday/Saints Peter & Paul
July 8 Jenny Anna 14th Sunday Ordinary Time
July 15 Helen Frances 15th Sunday Ordinary Time
July 15 –  Sept 2 NO CL DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
   
September 9 Fran Sonia 24th Sunday Ordinary Time
September 16 Jenny Anna 25th Sunday Ordinary Time
September 23 Helen Frances 26th Sunday Ordinary Time
September 30 Alexandra Caroline 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

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