Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Many parishes in the Archdiocese of Perth have Children’s Liturgy of the Word as part of their Sunday Eucharist. On these Sundays, the structure of the Mass, The Liturgy of the Word and The Liturgy of the Eucharist, are maintained but the children celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a separate place where adaptations are made for greater participation by the children
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is important for the spiritual well-being of our children. Leaders should be people of prayer, formed in the Word and aware of the needs of children. Resources should be available to support it. Part of the responsibility of the people of God is to present the Good News to children in a way that they can best get to know Jesus. Children are invited to leave the assembly and to gather in a special area, to have the Liturgy of the Word presented for them in such a way that they can best understand. Activities are used that highlight the theme of the Mass, the readings especially the Gospel, prayers and season.
Training and Initiation of Leaders
All Leaders in Children’s Liturgy of the Word need to have ongoing formation, and all new leaders need training. Formation can occur within the group or externally. New leaders could be trained by the current leader of Children’s Liturgy of the Word. New Leaders could attend formation sessions held by the Centre for Liturgy. All Leaders need to keep up to date on any formation or new reference materials. All Leaders need times of personal and group spiritual reflection.
A ‘Working with Children Check’ card is required by Western Australian State Government legislation for all who are considered to work with children in the course of their duties, that is, for those who are working with any person under eighteen (18) years of age.