Very Young Children
We have a special area – newly furnished and decorated – at the rear of church which is specifically for very young children and their parents who, perhaps, find sitting in the pews too restrictive. This area is well-lit and carpeted, near the toilet and has some soft toys, books and drawing materials for the children. There also are chairs for parents to sit close by their children.
Judith Dryhurst writes: For children 5 to 8 years old who have not yet made their First Holy Communion, we offer a separate Liturgy of the Word, adapted and suitable for their needs. Younger siblings are welcome too, accompanied by an adult.
The focus during these short sessions is on an interpretation of the Sunday Gospel in a relaxed and child centred way, combining simple prayers ,songs, sharing of news, storytelling and art work. We aim to create a cheerful, warm and safe environment for the children to learn of God’s Goodness and Love.
After about 20 minutes, we all re-join the congregation for Mass in the Procession of Gifts.
For further information contact:
Ruth on (0191) 2819514
Judith on (0191) 2810355
Social events for children age 8+ are organised each half term for the children to get together and have fun. A Family Weekend is in planning for later this year. For further information about the next event, please contact Ruth Gibson on (0191) 281 9514 or Maria Mroz on 284 2119.