Jesus is the Word of God.
When we listen to the readings at Mass, Jesus speaks to us in a special way! A wonderful thing to do during lockdown is to spend time thinking about the readings together, especially if your family are not able to attend church.
The readings can help us to think about our lives and give us challenges or encouragement through the messages we hear, as well as hope for the future.
Jesus comes close to us when we really take time to experience him in the living Word!
Below are online children’s liturgies and resources that we recommend for children and families
For younger children
This week’s episode
Eleanor is a young Catholic mum who decided – in the first lockdown of 2020 – to begin these weekly offerings on YouTube. They are based on the Sunday’s Gospel Reading. It’s a lovely mix of readings, songs and reflections aimed at young children (aged 4-10 years) and their families. This resource will help you to remain connected with the rhythm of the church calendar, week by week. Parents can also sign up to join the Colour and Shape online community, where you will be able to link up with like-minded individuals and tap into other great resources and courses.
The Mark 10 Mission – For older children
This week’s episode
For slightly older children (8-13yrs), the Mark 10 Mission is a great quality, home-grown British offering, supported by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The episodes offer a reflection on the Sunday Gospel, as well as a song. This resource has been used at St Joseph’s school, so some of our young parishioners may already be familiar with it – but these are wonderful episodes to view as a family and to watch again and again!
“Look” Children’s Activity Sheets
We have a weekly children’s liturgy sheet that young children may enjoy completing, which includes games, puzzles and colouring to help children understand what God is saying to us each week.
NB Downloads contain all four Sunday of each month for you to print at home
“Ichthus” Mass Sheets
Ichthus is a weekly sheet to help older children follow the readings from Sunday Mass. The page makes the parts of the Mass easy to follow and includes prayer and reflection points, as well as some interesting facts connected to that Sunday’s theme.
NB Downloads contain all four Sundays of each month for you to print at home