Children’s Liturgy

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Children’s Liturgy is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered at the 10.30am Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. No pre-registration is necessary, although a registration form would need to be completed for safeguarding purposes. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There are two groups:

  • the Little Lights is for children up to and including Year 2. Preschool aged children must be accompanied by an adult, although any parent/carer is welcome to stay with their child.
  • the Leading Lights is the older group, aimed at Year 3 and above.

Even though the sessions are normally on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, we do make some exceptions to this, for example when the First Holy Communion or Confirmation Groups are holding special Masses. We also do extra sessions during Lent and Advent. Here are the dates for you:

Autumn 2019 Term Dates

8th September – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 14:25-33 – Follow Jesus
22nd September – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 16:1-13 – Dishonest Steward
13th October – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 17:11-19 – 10 Lepers

27th October – Half term holiday – no Children’s Liturgy

10th November – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 20:27-38 – Resurrection

24th November – Confirmation Inaugural Mass – no Children’s Liturgy
1st December – First Holy Communion Inaugural Mass – no Children’s Liturgy

8th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent – Matthew 3:1-12 – John the Baptist
15th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent – Matthew 11:2-11 – Jesus sends a message to John
22nd December – 4th Sunday of Advent – Matthew 1:18-25 – Angel appears to Joseph


Just before the Liturgy of the Word begin, the children are invited to go with the leaders from the church to the meeting room in the Priest’s House or to the Parish Hall. During this special time, the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.

You may be interested in joining our wonderful group of volunteers. Please come along to a session and speak to one of the existing team to find out more, or you can complete the section at the bottom of the registration form (in the church porch) and one of the Group Leaders will contact you to discuss further.