Children’s Liturgy Group

Contact Person: Hayley Barton

Origin/roots of organization:
Children’s liturgy groups have been set up in parishes all over the country.  There is no formal national structure to these groups. Members from each parish simply offer their services to pass the word of the Gospel to children attending Mass.

Local origins/ date of foundation:
Here at Saint Charles, we have had a children’s liturgy group running during the 11AM Sunday Mass for over 10 years. All leaders, even though volunteers, have had CRB checks carried out to cover them working with your children.

All children are welcome to join us; we have children from 12 months to 12 years and simply ask that those attending are ready and prepared to participate. The sessions are not meant to act as a church crèche where the children can be taken out of the church, to ensure they do not disturb the adults. It can be advisable that an adult should accompany smaller children, not all children settle to being left. As the children get older they often decide themselves that they have outgrown the activities and are ready to remain in church to listen to the readings, Gospel and homily of the priest.

Activities it undertakes:
The children receive a blessing at the beginning of Mass and retire with the leaders to celebrate the word of God in their own special way. The Gospel is read to the children, with a simple explanation of how this Gospel shows that Jesus loves them and wants them to love others. Depending on the Gospel, we can do a group activity or crafts can be organized around the theme of the Gospel. We often have pictures to colour and word searches/puzzles for older children, all based on this week’s Gospel. At the end of the session, we aim to have created a display for the altar and something for children to take home to remind them of the message of the Gospel during the week.

Membership locally/nationally/worldwide:
Children’s Liturgy at St. Charles currently has 6 volunteers. As we are working with children, the rota is organized in pairs; hence each volunteer has made a commitment to lead every 3rd week.

Useful website addresses:
The parish has access to a number of resources to assist in preparation of weekly sessions. These include:

  1. This page gives a child’s perspective on the Sunday Gospel reading, appropriate word search, colouring pictures and suggested group activities.
  2. This page provides activities based on the Sunday Gospel.

St Charles' Parish, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:

The Week Ahead

 Sunday 10 December Second Sunday of Advent.    Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.  3.00-4.00pm. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer

 Monday 11 December.   8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday 12 December 10.45am Funeral Mass for Maureen Mills RIP. (No 8.30am Mass this morning)   

 Wednesday  13 December.  Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr.  8.30am Mass (in church)

Thursday 14 December. Saint John of the Cross, priest and Doctor of the Church.  8.30am Mass.

 Friday 15 December.   8.30am Mass.

 Saturday 16 December  9.00am Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel. 11.30 - 12.00non Sacrament of Reconciliation. 12.00noon.  10.00am First Reconciliation for Children of Sacramental Programme.

Sunday  17 December. Third  Sunday of Advent - "Gaudete Sunday".  Mass 6.00pm (eve)  8.45am  11.00am. 10.000am.


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