Children’s Liturgy of the Word

About

Children’s Liturgy of the Word provides the opportunity for primary school aged children to participate in their own Liturgy of the Word during 10.30 am Mass at OLGC each Sunday of the school term.

A group of dedicated volunteer liturgical leaders exit the church with an assembled group of children and reappear just before the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins. While adults listen to and reflect on the Liturgy of the Word, the children do exactly the same. Sitting together in a circle around a liturgical cloth, they begin with an opening prayer before being introduced to the day’s Gospel reading. This reading, in child friendly language, is then explained and discussed at an age appropriate level while links are made to their daily lives. A follow up activity further emphasises this connection. Pre-school aged children are most welcome to attend accompanied by a parent or older sibling.

 Children’s Liturgy flyer

Recent Events

Children’s Liturgy involves a variety of teaching methods with the purpose of making the day’s Gospel reading meaningful and relevant to the children. Sacred Story Telling was recently added to this repertoire. Sacred Story Telling involves a combination of the Pedagogy of the Good Shepherd Experience (from the To Know Worship and Love program taught in Melbourne Catholic schools) and Godly Play, a Montessori method of telling Bible stories, developed in the USA by Jerome Berryman.

How to Join

Children’s Liturgy is conducted by parents in the parish on a voluntary basis. Being a liturgy leader is a very rewarding experience. The commitment consists of being placed on a roster for one session per term. Those new to the role are paired with a more experienced leader. If you would like to assist or would like more information, please contact Tricia Norman on 9816 9291 or at tricianorman@olgc.com.au. Leaders require a Working with Children (WWC) Check.