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CHILDREN and YOUTH at Christ the King Church
In response to requests from Catechists and parents alike, the following provides a clear explanation of all of our current active Children’s/Youth Groups.
Children’s Liturgy Groups: Christ the King welcomes children of all ages and there are several dedicated Children’s Liturgy groups which run in the church hall on Sundays during term time. Below you will find a reminder of all groups that are available for children and youth and who should be attending which group.
Younger children (3-5 year olds), 10.30 mass on Sunday: These sessions are aimed at 3 – 5 year olds and include storytelling and creative activities to bring the Gospel reading to life in a way that younger kids can understand. Parents of very small children may attend these sessions, but those children who are able to sit still and follow instructions, including those who attend nursery school, should be encouraged to attend these sessions independently, (or with an older sibling). It has been found that with fewer parents in attendance the children are more likely to participate and co-operate with the catechist. There are usually a few young secondary-school age assistants on hand to help and encourage involvement. For queries regarding this group please contact Geraldine.
Older children (6-7 year olds), 10.30 mass on Sunday: These sessions are aimed at 6-7 year olds (pre First Holy Communion). They encourage the children to think about what the Gospel readings mean and include creative activities and group discussions. This group meets on the ‘other side’ of the divider in the hall. Parents do not attend this group. For queries regarding this group please contact Charles.
Holy Communion Preparation Classes (7- 8 year olds), 10.30 mass on Sunday: These classes are for children in year 3 who will be making their Holy Communion the same year. The preparatory sessions run every week during the 10.30 Sunday mass leading up to the Ceremony and it is expected that children attend all sessions. (Preparation for First Holy Communion starts after the autumn half-term holiday). For queries regarding this group please contact Anna-Maria.
AT THE END OF THE CHILDREN’S LITURGIES ALL CHILDREN WHO ARE ABLE TO SIT STILL ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIT TOGETHER WITH THEIR CATECHISTS IN THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE ALTAR. BEING THERE GIVES THEM A GOOD VIEW AND BETTER CHANCE OF HEARING AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS GOING ON. THEY THEN RETURN TO THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE SIGN OF PEACE. IN THE PAST THIS HAS RESULTED IN A CALMER, HAPPIER ATMOSPHERE IN THE CHURCH AND INDEED AMONGST THE CHILDREN, AND WE WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL PARENTS TO SUPPORT THIS WHERE POSSIBLE. YOUNGER CHILDREN WHO ARE UNABLE TO SIT STILL AND CONCENTRATE ON THE MASS SHOULD NOT SIT AT THE FRONT. THAT IS PARTICULARLY THE CASE ON THOSE SUNDAYS WHEN FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES ARE TAKING PLACE: CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IS A VITAL PART OF PREPARATION FOR FIRST COMMUNION AND THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT IF THERE ARE TOO MANY DISTRACTIONS.
Post Communion children (8+): Once children have made their Holy Communion, they should remain in the church and participate in the mass. The exception being if they wish to help out in the younger children’s group. Any secondary school aged children wishing to help in this group will need to arrive at 10.20am in the Church Hall to be briefed on the activity that day.
Post-Communion Liturgy class (8+), 9.45am on alternate Sundays: These are run on a fortnightly basis starting at 9.45am in the Church Hall. The 30 minute session is aimed primarily at children who attend non-Catholic schools, but all are welcome. For any queries & details on dates of the schedule please contact Razia.
Confirmation Preparation (Year 9 +) – Thursdays from 8-9pm: These preparation sessions are for those in school year 9 and above who will be making their Confirmation the same year. The preparatory sessions run every week on Thursdays from 8-9pm in the Church Hall leading up to the Ceremony and it is expected that children attend all sessions. (Preparation for Confirmation usually starts after the spring half-term holiday). For queries regarding this group please contact Paul.
YOUTH MASS, 6pm mass on first Saturday of each month: The mass is aimed at Secondary School age youth, although those in Year 6 are also welcome to attend. All of the ministries are carried out by the young people. Musicians of all instruments and singers are also encouraged to participate. After Mass the young people are invited into the Hall for refreshments and games or other activities/events. For more information on Youth Mass please contact Sharon.
All the above groups are organised and run by volunteer parents from the church community who are all fully DBS checked, so other than where absolutely necessary in the younger children’s group, parents do not need to accompany their children.
If you would like to volunteer to help or would like to speak to someone about the content of the Children’s Liturgy sessions, please contact one of the Children’s Liturgists whose details are listed above and who would be happy to talk to you. On Sundays we will usually be found setting up in the church hall from 10.15am.
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Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish
9 Crescent Gardens, Wimbledon Park
Latest newsletter: 29th May 2016 - Corpus Christi (C)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Fr Anthony’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination – Fri 3 June 2016, Mass at 7.30pm then Celebration in the Hall
Meeting of the Parish Leadership Team – Weds 8 June 2016 at 8pm in the Hall.
Confirmation – Saturday 11 June 2016 at 6.00pm Mass
Parish Bazaar Planning Meeting – Weds 15 June at 8pm in the Hall
Annual Marriage Mass – Saturday 18 June 2016 at St George’s Cathedral
1st Anniversary of Fr John’s Death – 6pm Mass on Sat 18 June, followed by Refreshments in the Hall
First Communion Sunday – Sunday 26 June 2016 at 10.30am Mass
From this week's newsletter:
FR ANTHONY’S 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION – This Friday 3 June 2016 – Mass at 7.30pm followed by a Celebration in the Church Hall. All welcome! Parishioners of Christ the King, please bring along a dish of food to share – can be savoury or sweet.
PARISH LEADERSHIP TEAM: Following our recent Parish Meeting, our newly formed Parish Leadership Team met on Wednesday for the first time. The group of 13 are very serious about moving our parish forward. In order to do the work of The Church and create a spiritual environment in which people will want to continue to participate, a few things emerged as the most important: Welcoming; Music; Readers; Prayer Groups; Extra Curricular Activities eg Socials, Ecumenism and Communications. We will look at these in small groups then reconvene on Wednesday 8 June at 8pm in the Hall to make some practical suggestions. If you have any positive suggestions about these or any other topics please let us know. Please pray for your leaders. Photos of them will be made available soon.
Mass for 1st Anniversary of Fr John’s Death: Please take note that there will be a special mass on Saturday 18 June at 6pm to commemorate the first anniversary of Fr John’s death. After the mass all are invited into the Hall for refreshments.
PARISH FINANCIAL APPEAL: The initial response to the recent financial appeal has been very encouraging – so THANK YOU! If you were not at mass when the appeal was made please take an information pack from the newsletter tables. The packs show details of our current financial position, together with a gift aid form and a standing order form. Many thanks to everyone who has already signed up for gift aid and/or decided to set up a standing order in favour of the parish.
CONFIRMATION: The Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 11 June 2016 at 6pm. There will be a Rehearsal in the Church for all Candidates the preceding Thursday 9 June at 8pm.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION: The twentieth Preparation Session, ‘Final Preparation 1’, for those involved, will take place after half-term on Sunday 12 June.
Wanted - someone to take charge of the altar servers' white cottas. They need to be washed and ironed from time to time. Does anyone have, 'a vested interest', please?
YOUTH MASS: Please note that the next Youth Mass will take place at 6pm on Saturday 3 JULY (none in June), followed by Refreshments and Rounders in the park. More details to follow.
SPECIAL FOOD COLLECTION FOR SYRIAN FAMILIES: Our local Mosque have contacted us regarding this collection. Wimbledon Mosque, in collaboration with HAND IN HAND, a registered charity, are collecting food to send to Syria by 5 June for the holy month of Ramadhan. Please see the posters for details of the food needed and drop off points at the Mosque in Durnsford Road or The Glass House at 177 Arthur Road. Or, if you prefer, you can donate online: www.justgiving.com/wimbledon-Mosque.
RAMADHAN INVITATION from Wimbledon Mosque: We are invited to attend Wimbledon Mosque at 262 Durnsford Rd, SW19 8DS on Saturday 18 June from 8.30pm to gather together to break their fast at sunset during Ramadham. Please see posters for the itinerary and more information.
St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls – Open Evening for Year 7 entrants for Sept 2017 – Tuesday 5 July 2016 froom 3.30-8pm. Please see posters for more information.
NEW PARISHIONERS Welcome. Please complete a Parish Registration Form, available from the carousel at the back of church and return it to the Presbytery letter box at 9 Crescent Gardens, just around the corner. BAPTISMS: Please see Fr Anthony. The next Baptism dates are: Saturdays 1 & 8 October at 1pm – the preparation session for these is on Tuesday 13 September at 8.00pm in the Church Hall. MARRIAGES: You need to give at least 6 months’ notice.