Parents & Children

To find out more about Children’s Liturgy, or to enrol your child in Sunday School, please contact Bridget Brinkley via the Parish Office

Children’s Liturgy

The Children’s Liturgy group is open to children who are in reception class and above at school. At the beginning of Mass children are called forward: they go to the Parish Centre, where trained volunteers help them explore the bible readings of the day, and return to church for the Offertory Procession. Parents are welcome to attend the initial sessions with their child.

Children’s Liturgy takes place during the Saturday 6.00 pm Mass, and the Sunday 9.00 am and 11.00 am Masses, in school term time.

Children’s Sunday School

Children from the age of six who are not attending a Catholic School are invited to join our Sunday School programme. Parents whose children have attended Sunday School regularly for at least one year, and who would like to discuss their readiness for preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, should speak to Bridget Brinkley.

Sunday School takes place on Sunday mornings between 10.00 am and 10.45 am, during term time, in St Lawrence’s School.

Children’s Mass

Each month our parish makes one of the Sunday Masses a ‘Children’s Special’. Young parishioners are encouraged to help with the preparations and to participate in the service.

Details of Children’s Masses appear in the parish newsletter.

Mother and Toddler Group

Our Mother and Toddler Group is open to all babies and toddlers and their carers, and offers toys and activities for all pre-school children. There is a small charge per family for each session but no booking is required – so just come along.

The group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9.15 am to 11.15 am, in the Parish Centre. After the play session has ended parents and children can stay to eat a packed lunch together.

General Information

New parents and families with young children may be interested in the programmes of preparation for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. And for families with children at secondary school, a reminder that our young teens are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Families who have been unable to obtain a place in a Catholic school for their child are offered our full support as they continue to bring their child up in the Catholic faith. Parents of children in non-Catholic schools might be particularly interested in our Sunday School.

Some of our Liturgical Ministries welcome young volunteers. Children who have made their First Holy Communion may like to join our team of Altar Servers. Our Welcoming Ministry has no age limits, and receives help from many of our younger parishioners. And the St Lawrence’s Youth Club (SLYC) welcomes all our young parishioners aged 14+.