Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy takes place at both the 11.00 a.m. Mass at St Edward’s Church (other than Family Mass) and the 9.30 a.m. Mass at St Mark’s Church.

Children aged five years and over are invited to share in their own liturgy of the Word. A Simplified version of the Gospel is read and children are encouraged to reflect on its main theme in a variety of ways relating to their own lives and experience.

Younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult and all parents are welcome to join us. New leaders and helpers are always needed.

If you are interested in find out about this important ministry, the Co-ordinator for St Edwards is Andrew McKell (0779 5470914) and St Mark’s – Mandy McGovern (017523- 850953).

SPECIAL CHILDREN’S LITURGY FOR ADVENT

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT _ 29 November 2020

1st Sunday of Advent 2020 – Today we begin a special time for Jesus called Advent.  Our gospel tells us we need to be ready for Jesus.  We welcome the gospel and light our 1st Advent candle.

1st Candle on the wreath – a symbol of hope and sometimes called the ‘Prophet’s Candle.  In the old testament Isaiah waits in hope for Jesus’s arrival.

This weeks Gospel  – you can find it in your bible. Holy Gospel according to St Mark – Mark Chapter 13 vrs 33-37

Reflection – A time to think & explore our faith.  Find a quiet place you can sit read or listen to the gospel.

What was the job of the doorkeeper?

How can we be doorkeepers for Jesus?

Is it always easy to wait and watch?

Can you find Isaiah in your bible in the Old Testament -Isaiah was a prophet.  He helped tell the people what God wanted and of a king to come – a suffering servant Jesus

All through Advent can you look for Jesus in everyone especially those most in need.

Ten Things to do in Advent

  1. Remember – Your neighbours – friends and family. Send a drawing or picture to an elderly & lonely or Bake a cake if you can drop off
  2. Be thankful – with Christmas coming can you look at what you have and share with others.
  3. Be patient with your friends – Not always easy
  4. Set up a Nativity – Can you make your own – using play-doh, lego, paper.
  5. Advent Calendar – You might have a chocolate one – What about making your own and plan your good deed each day,  i.e Day 1 – pray for the sick, Day 2 – help clean my room.
  6. Daily prayer – Help find a cure for Covid 19, people who are suffering in conflict, the homeless and so many more.
  7. Paper Chain countdown – Each day link the chains ready to decorate your home on Christmas day. Older children might like to write on them a good deed they have done or a prayer they might like to say.
  8. Make a Jesse Tree – That represents the story of the Old Testament. See catholicinspired.com or other www.catholicmom.com If you want to email – Mandy.mcgovern@yahoo.co.uk I have a great colouring template and I will be happy to send over.
  9. Donate some food or treats to the food bank – Ask an adult helper – maybe you can do something to help contribute to the cost.
  10. Call someone and make them smile

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT – 6 December 2020

2nd Sunday of Advent 2020 – God sent John the Baptist to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus.

2nd candle on the wreath – Sunday represents faith.  Micah foretold that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem – The ‘Bethlehem Candle’ and the birthplace of King David.

This week’s gospel – you can find in your bible.  Holy Gospel according to St Mark Chapter 1 Vrs 1-8

Reflection – on your week & the reading you just read.

What message did John give the people?

Who was the message about?

Was John the Baptist related to Jesus?

Many of us are baptised as a baby – Talk to your parents about your baptism.

Can you tune into Jesus this week?

Activity

Light your baptismal candle and prayer this week for a fresh start.

Make a Christmas card – Spread the good news about Jesus and send it to someone you know to show your love for them.

Go to the Cafod website www.cafod.org.uk Children’s Liturgy section – You might need an adult to help you.  Complete the activity sheet and colouring.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT – 13 December 2020

 

3rd Sunday of Advent 2020 – John the Baptist had spread the good news about Jesus’s coming and people flocked to listen to him. He’s message was to be sorry for the wrong things we do and have a change of heart.

3rd Candle on the wreath – brings us Joy and called the ‘Shepherds Candle’. The shepherds watching their flock when the Angel of the Lord appeared ‘ Do not be afraid I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people’  A pink candle which also reminds us of John the Baptist.

This week’s Gospel – you can find in your bible. Holy Gospel according to St John vrs 6-8   & 19-28

Reflection – on your week & the reading you just read.

                        Who was the prophet in todays reading?

What did John come to do?

What does a witness do? If you are not sure ask an adult.

Who was the light John spoke about?

Can you tune into Jesus this week?

Activity

Make a Christmas poster for your window to show you are a witness to Jesus coming.

Cafod website – for this weeks liturgy. www.cafod.org.uk

 

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT – 20 December 2020

4th Sunday of Advent 2020 – Hail Mary the Lord is with you – Mary loved and trusted God so much she agreed to be the mother of his son, Jesus

4th Candle of the wreath –a sign of Peace and known as the ‘Angel Candle’.  The angel’s announced that Jesus came to bring peace and bring us close to God.

This week’s Gospel –  you can find in your bible. Holy Gospel according to St Luke Chapter 1 vrs 26-38

Reflection  – We are coming close to the coming of Jesus.

Who was the special messenger God sent?

Can you think of another time God has sent a message to someone else? Angel’s appear many times in the bible.

Do you think Mary was frightened?

Do you trust in God when you are frightened?

Who can you be an ‘Angel’ to? Mum, a neighbour, your Nanny, someone in the playground??? Small acts of kindness

Activity

Say the Hail Mary every day to Christmas.

Hail Mary full of Grace, The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God. Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen

Draw or Find a picture of an angel to colour.

Cafod website – for this weeks liturgy. www.cafod.org.uk

Young People’s Choir

Our Young People’s Choir meet to practise on Thursday evenings in St Edward’s Church at 6.00 p.m.
They sing at the Family Mass at St Edward’s on the first Sunday of every month except August.

Children of 7+ are welcome to join us.

Please contact the choirleader, Isobel on 01753 865163 or e-mail

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