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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: 10th July 2016 - Fifteenth Sunday (C)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Parish Picnic - next Sunday 17 July from 12 noon in Wimbledon Park
Parish Leadership Team Meeting - Weds 7 Sept at 8pm in the Hall
Concert for our Twin Parish - Saturday 17 Sept - details to follow
Parish Bazaar - Saturday 9 November, 11am - 3pm
From this week's newsletter:
COMPUTER PROBLEMS IN PARISH OFFICE: Apologies to those of you who may have sent emails to the Parish Office this week. Unfortunately there have been problems with the computer, which have now hopefully been sorted.
COELIAC hosts are available at each Mass in a pyx beside Fr Anthony.
HOME VISITS: apart from the Sunday midday lunches to which you kindly invite me, I would like to visit everyone to get to know people. So, perhaps you could invite me for a cuppa. Morning, afternoon or evening. Thank you.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL: Please make sure you are registered as a Catholic. Sometimes the staff fail to put it down in writing. But also ask if you can see a Catholic Chaplain if you wish to. Just because you are registered it does not mean that the Catholic chaplain will know. Different hospitals treat the Data Protection Act in different ways. NB If you are a relative, you could check up. Or you could drop a note into the Catholic Chaplain’s box, eg in the Chapel. You can also let your parish priest know.
CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS THIS SUMMER: Please do look at the list of walks on offer this summer - posted on both notice boards. All are welcome and promise a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening.
Craft Fair - next Saturday 16 July, 1.30-4.30 in the Hall. Please do come along and support local crafts people and have a cup of tea and cake. Free entrance.
The Second Collection: Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. The Second Collection today is for Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church's official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. There are special envelopes for your donations and prayer cards on the newsletter tables. Thank you.
CAKE SALE - this Sunday 10 July, after 10.30 Mass: To support the work of our twin parish of Our Lady of the Missions in Lima, Peru. Please bake and please come to buy and find out more about our twin's inspiring work!
PARISH PICNIC - Next Sunday 17 July from 12 Noon in Wimbledon Park. Fr Terry is delighted to be able to join us! Please do come along with your picnic! We intend to gather in the picnic area between the volleyball court and the bowling green. However, this will be weather dependent - if rainy we will have to reschedule!
Special Date for your diary and calling all musicians! On the evening of Saturday 17 September we are planning to hold an informal concert, with drinks and snacks, again in support of the work of Our Lady of the Missions in Lima, Peru. This parish is full of wonderful musicians, young and old. Please contact Katharine Wright via the Parish Office if you would be interested in performing!
PARISH BAZAAR: Our annual Parish Bazaar will take place on Saturday 19 November. This is our main fundraising event and also a great opportunity to get together as a Community. New volunteers are particularly welcome and, of course, our 'regulars'! So, if you were not able to make the recent planning meeting but would like to help in any way or make useful suggestions, please contact Sharon via the Parish Office. Many thanks!
APPEAL FOR MASS INTENTIONS: We are very short of Mass intentions for the summer period. Please do consider making a mass intention - special envelopes are available from the repository at the church entrance, please put through the Presbytery door. Many thanks.
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.