In the Sunday Services, the members of the Children’s Liturgy affirm and support those who desire to share the Word of God with children, of whom Jesus said, “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14).
Mission Statement for Children’s Liturgy Ministry
The goal of the Children’s Liturgy sessions is to instill in the children a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The children are given the opportunity to have relevant experience of God through celebration and gathering to hear the Word of God.
Each Sunday morning at our 9 a.m. mass, we offer the opportunity for your child to participate in our Children’s Liturgy Program. Our trained team leads the children in their own liturgy, with age appropriate readings and teachings geared to the liturgical season. The children are dismissed at the beginning of mass and return to the church during the offertory procession.
As well, each year those who participate are invited to take part in our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant which takes place at the 5 p.m. mass on Christmas Eve. Your children are welcome to join the group at any time.
For further details please call the Parish Office at (905) 385-3297, or speak to one of the leaders on Sunday morning. The program runs from September until June each year.
The Importance of Children’s Liturgy Ministry
The overall primary importance of this ministry is to enable the entire worshipping assembly to participate fully in celebration. Thus, the church is concerned with the availability and understanding of the scriptures for children, who, as members of God’s family, have their rightful place in the church. Through modelling, the children are prepared for full participation, thereby, becoming part of the church now.
Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgies of the Word are sufficiently adapted. All those who minister to children in a formal capacity, as well as parents who long to share their faith with their own children are aware of the necessity for such adaptation.
Selection and adaptation of the readings have been guided by four principles:
- Retain the Sunday Readings of the Liturgical Year
- Remain Faithful to the Meaning of the Text
- Use a Language that is Understood by Children
- Use a Language which is Inclusive of all God’s People
Policies and Procedures of Children’s Liturgy
Based on Diocesan policies and direction from the Pastor, the policies and procedures listed below have been instituted for use within the Children’s Liturgy ministry at Regina Mundi Church:
- Screening in Faith (Diocesan Policy)
- Confidentiality Policy (Regina Mundi Parish Policy)
- Guidance Policy
- Position Descriptions
- Format for Liturgy Session with Children
- On-Going Volunteer Support
- “Volunteer Feedback”
- Screening in Faith, Diocese of Hamilton, January 2003
- Policies of Regina Mundi Parish
- Sunday Weekly Leader Guide: Year A, Year B, Year C