Welcoming your family and children to the Church
The first of the sacraments of the Church is Baptism. We look forward to welcoming families to ask for their children to start their journey of faith in this most important of sacraments.
Five times a year our catechists hold a short programme of preparation, over two Saturday mornings. These sessions explain the background and practicalities of Baptism. We then agree a suitable date for the Rite of Welcome and the Baptism itself.
For more information contact our catechist coordinator Catherine Davies on firstname.lastname@example.org
Each week mothers, babies and toddlers meet for a few hours for a time of play, conversation and snacks. A short time of singing and prayer is included to help the children become familiar to the church.
For more information contact our Little 'Uns coordinator
During Mass on Saturday and Sunday our catechists lead a time for our youngest children to read the week's gospel and through play and talk to begin to learn more about the scripture of the day.
Simply help your children to join the group leaving the church with their Book of the Gospel. Parents are encouraged to join us to help support the group.
Helping our children to understand the Bible and to learn to pray is one of our most important tasks as parents. To help you we have created a number of Prayer Bags; each contains a bible story and a great many resources to explore the themes and to practice the common Catholic prayers
Look for the bags in the church and sign them out to enjoy a family time with the episodes from the Bible.
Preparing your child for the joy of receiving Communion
These four programmes take place before the 11am Mass on Sunday, starting at 10am. The 10 or 12 sessions are scheduled fortnightly -
allowing for school holidays and half term breaks. Programs begin after autumn half term.
To begin the process of preparing for Communion we have a group for the youngest children -
in Reception and Year One - to start the exploration of the environment of the church, the symbols and signs of our faith, and to learn more about the Mass. Our catechists will invite you to observe the sessions and to help your child with practicing the core prayers of our faith - the Sign of the Cross, the Lord's Prayer and the Hail Mary.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Before receiving Communion for the first time children will be prepared for their First Reconciliation. Our catechists help the children to understand the meaning of reconciliation and 'confession'. Our sensitive and careful approach has been praised by parents as being a very approachable way for the young children to pass through this sacramental milestone.