For children 3 years old until they receive their First Communion in the second grade. The children study the liturgy in an age appropriate way. After the Gospel, the children receive a blessing from the celebrant, and are dismissed for their Bible Study. They return to Church before the offering, to continue with their family at Mass.
While at Children's Church, the liturgy is presented to the children with coloring pages, work sheets and age appropriate games.
Children’s Church has been an active ministry here at St. Paul’s for some time now. On behalf of Fr. Stephen and myself, we would like to thank you parents for allowing your children to participate in the Liturgy of the Word for Children, also known as Children’s Church. We are grateful also to those parents who have stepped forward to serve as Catechists. Catechists are always welcomed and needed. Do not hesitate to volunteer for this ministry.
Children’s Church begins with the children and catechists gathering around Father, at the foot of the Altar, after the reading of the Gospel. Father sets the message of the lesson by speaking to the children, giving them a Blessing, then sending them to the Church Office for further study of the Word of God. When they come into the office, the Holy Scriptures are read to them from an age appropriate Bible. Then the children, guided by the Catechist, participate in an activity that reinforces the Gospel reading of the day. They return to you, during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, at the beginning of the Offertory Collection.
Unfortunately, we are not able to house all of the youth of the parish in the space provided for children’s church. Therefore we have set the participants age level to be for 3 (three) years old through completion of 2nd (Second) grade. Our facility is not arranged to handle those younger than three years of age. While we understand older children may wish to participate, we ask that they remain in the Church, and with you open their hearts to God’s message to them spoken through the Gospel and Father’s Homily.
Older youth who wish to participate with Children’s Church may volunteer to help distribute bulletins specifically for the youth of the parish. These youth will stand alongside the Ushers as they distribute our weekly bulletins. We ask that you be sure to take both the bulletin for yourself as well as the bulletins for the youth. These bulletins are full of activities that reinforce the Readings of the Sunday’s Liturgy. It is our hope that as you go about your day, you and your children will discuss the Gospel, the homily, and its application for your lives. May it be an enriching experience for you all.
Again, on behalf of Father Elser and myself, thank you for volunteering as Catechists, and for your support of this ministry which has allowed it to be so successful. God Bless You all, Monica Loyd