St MacNissi's
Catholic Church
Randalstown

Childrens Liturgy

The Children’s Liturgy began in St MacNissi’s Church over 10 years ago following a request from the Parish Council to set up a liturgy specifically for the children of the Parish aged between 4 and 10.

The aim is to help children to understand the Liturgy of the Word better, making it more relevant and suitable to their age and sensitive to their level of understanding. It gives them the opportunity to understand the Gospel message and participate in the Eucharistic celebration at their own level. It also encourages children to learn about Jesus in an imaginative and enjoyable way.

The Children’s Liturgy takes place during the 11.00am Mass and parents are welcome to join their children if they wish. It begins after the end of the Introductory Prayers when the Priest invites the children to the altar for a blessing. The Priest then asks two children (one boy and one girl) to take the Cross and the Bible and to lead the children from Mass to their own celebration in the old Chapel.

The children are escorted by the Assistants to the old Chapel where the Leader welcomes the children to their Liturgy. A candle is lit to remind the children that they are still in Church and that God is with us.

The Leader will read the Gospel and then ask questions to help the children understand it. The children then complete an activity sheet which reflects that day’s Gospel. All the readings and activity sheets are taken from one of two books - ‘The Complete Children’s Liturgy Book’ and ‘Step by Step’, both by Katie Thompson. The children return to the Church during the Prayers of the Faithful and participate in the Offertory Procession, returning the Cross and the Bible to the altar, which they all seem to enjoy.

The Children’s Liturgy is run by a group of volunteers who operate on a rota system. There is a minimum of three adults with the children at all times. If any one is interested in helping please contact Grainne on 028 9447 2404.

There is a social side to the Group and many good friendships have been formed over the years by members.

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