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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: 8th May 2016 - The Ascension of our Lord(C)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Parish Meeting – Weds 11 May 2016 at 8pm in the Hall
Fr Anthony’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination – Fri 3 June 2016, Mass at 7.30pm then Celebration in the Hall
Confirmation – Saturday 11 June 2016 at 6.00pm Mass
Parish Bazaar Planning Meeting – Weds 15 June at 8pm in the Hall.
First Communion Sunday – Sunday 26 June 2016 at 10.30am Mass
Annual Marriage Mass – Saturday 18 June 2016 at St George’s Cathedral
From this week's newsletter:
CLEANING OUR CHURCH: We urgently need new men and women volunteers as our older members have now retired from their duties. Someone could, for example, take responsibility for the Choir loft and the Sacristy? If you could help, even occasionally, please do contact Janet Thurtell via the Parish Office. Many thanks!
An Evening with Cardinal Bo – ‘The task of Christians is to move fences, to tear down walls’, – Friday 13 May at 7.30pm, St Joseph’s Church (Pastoral Centre Hall), Montem Road, New Malden, KT3 3QW. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon (Rangoon) since 2003, became Burma/Myanmar’s first ever Cardinal in 2015, one of the most outspoken voices for human rights, religious freedom, inter-religious harmony, peace and justice in the coutry. He will speak about the situation/challenges in Burma and hope for the future.
The Newman Association (promoting open discussion and greater understanding of today’s church). Wimbledon Circle: next meeting is on Thurs 26 May, starting at 7.30pm at The Parish Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. The theme is ‘William Wilberforce & the Abolition of Slavery’ by Mark Williamson. All are welcome.
Bereavement Support: at Sacred Heart Parish, Wimbledon. Available to people who have been bereaved – please call 020 8946 0305 or contact the Bereavement Coordinator on 020 8946 5198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See leaflets on both noticeboards for details.
HEADTEACHER: The Sacred Heart RC Primary School in New Malden is seeking to appoint, from September 2016, an outstanding Catholic leader to the post of Headteacher. Interested candidates can obtain further information and an application form by emailing email@example.com. The closing date for the application is 9th May at midday.
Job Opportunities in Catholic Schools & Organisations: Please see notice boards in both lobbies for info on all current positions.
FR ANTHONY’S 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION – 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 MEETING: All are invited to attend a Parish Meeting this Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 8pm in the Church Hall. We will see how we are doing and what we could do better. Reminder to please return your completed short questionnaires to the labelled box at the newsletter tables or through the presbytery letterbox before the meeting! Many thanks!
PARISH BAZAAR – Dates for your Diary: After much consultation it has been decided to bring forward the date of our annual Parish Bazaar from November to OCTOBER. Over the past few years we have found that local shops and businesses have been inundated with requests for donations from schools and churches in the lead up to Christmas. We are hoping to have more success by going for an earlier date. So this this year our Parish Bazaar will take place on Saturday 15 OCTOBER. There will be an important Pre-Bazaar Planning Meeting on Wednesday 15 June at 8pm in the hall. We are appealing to all volunteers both ‘regular’ and ‘new’ to attend the meeting and help organize what is the main fundraising event of the year.
CONFIRMATION: The Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 11 June 2016 at 6pm with the Retreat taking place from Friday 20 May –Sunday 22 May. The fifth preparation session, ‘Wisdom’, for those enrolled, will take place this Thursday 12 May at 8-9pm in the Hall.
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE CONFIRMED IN 2014/2015: you are invited to take part in a short time of reflection and sharing on Sunday 15 May at St John Fisher Parish Hall, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, Merton SW20 9BD. The meeting will be from 4.30-6.30pm followed by Mass in the Church. All are welcome.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION: The eighteenth Preparation Session, ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation 1’, for those involved, will take place this Sunday 8 May. The Nineteenth session, ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation 2’, will follow next Sunday 15 May.
CHILDREN & YOUTH AT CHRIST THE KING: All families with children/youth please do pick up a yellow leaflet from the newsletter tables if you have not already done so. The document explains clearly all about our current children’s/youth groups and who should be attending which one. There are also contact details for all the volunteer catechists involved – new parent volunteers are urgently needed so if you feel you could help please do make contact with them.
NEW PARISHIONERS Welcome. Please take a Parish Directory (light blue booklet). Ask a Welcomer. Also 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. Please see poster in lobby for dates for 2016. MARRIAGES: You need to give at least 6 months’ notice.