How-To Guide, Referencing and Copyright Information.
Before YOU START
It is critical that every community is safe for young people, every time they visit. Please ensure you understand and adhere to the Archdiocese of Brisbane's Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy (or your diocesan equivalent) before you begin.
When it comes to Children’s Liturgy of the Word, one central principle must never be forgotten – it is liturgy, real liturgy, and not catechesis or child-minding.
about liturgies of the word with children
The purpose is not to give the children colouring-in-type activities to keep them busy so the adults can listen to the homily in peace! The children do what the rest of the community does. They hear the scriptures proclaimed and applied to contemporary life and respond in various ways. It is an experience of prayer, of dialogue with God. The approved book of readings is the Lectionary for Masses with Children. Its simplified language does not talk down to children but places unfamiliar words and expressions in a context which helps them understand their meaning.
"...it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant room. Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word..."
Directory for Masses with Children
PLANNING + IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
It is recommended that leaders of Sunday Liturgy of the Word with children work through five phases when planning and implementing the resources provided on this site: 1. Preparation:
Kids' Liturgy is designed for 6-7 year olds. Younger and older children can still use the materials provided. As a leader, you can decide to make the resources more or less challenging. For example, for very small children you might omit the drama strategy and use simple words in the homily.
The purpose for gathering is to provide an authentic liturgy of the Word. The Gospel and homily must be included. Other parts may be omitted depending on time and suitability.
Read through the notes for leaders and the gospel of the day before Sunday.
Make sure you have materials printed or ready for children to read and use.
Prepare the space you will be using.
If you will be using the site online during the liturgy, then it also advised that you check your internet connection in the space you will be using.
2. Gather with the Eucharistic Congregation
Children should gather with their parents and the entire community in the Church.
The children are sent to Children's Church usually after the Collect (opening prayer).
3. Lead the Liturgy of the Word with Children
Read the gospel.
Provide a short homily .
If there is time, use the drama strategy provided to reflect on the gospel.
Lead the Profession of Faith and Intercessions.
If there is time, participate in an additional activity like singing one of the suggested hymns together.
There are downloadable take-home activity sheets provided each week. While these have been created using the Liturgy of the Word and gospel of the day in mind, it is advised that these are sent home with participants rather than being completed within the Liturgy of the Word.
4. Return to the church to continue the liturgy with parents and the rest of the community.
Usually children return during the offertory process.
5. Reflect on what worked and what did not work
What resources were helpful?
What would you repeat?
What was an opportunity for improvement?
Do you need to know more? Who could help?
Do you need additional resources?
Using Take-Home activity pages
Our take-home activity pages are designed with a difference. They are not meant to be stand-alone pages that can be completed at any time. These pages are designed to contribute to the prayers, Gospel reading and actions that take place during that Sunday's Kids' Liturgy of the Word. The activity page is designed to be taken home and used at home - not during the liturgy. You will find that the page is full of conversation starters and prompts that kids can use with parents and carers through the week, to remind them of Sunday's Gospel message.
Using Music and Youtube Clips
YouTube Clips and Your Responsibility to Preview Before Showing to Children: YouTube clips that are provided as additional resources have been vetted at the time of production. Copyright remains with the owner/s of each film. Please note that at any time an owner may update, edit, change or adapt these works. Therefore, it is strongly recommendedthat leaders preview every clip prior to presenting to children to ensure each clip is appropriate for your setting at the time of viewing.
Each week of Kids' Sunday Liturgy has recommended music from Michael Mangan at Litmus Productions. Please check back for more information about how Michael's songs will be published in 2019/
Music and Your Copyright Obligations: Using music and displaying lyrics in liturgy has copyright obligations. All songs used each week must be reported in the Parish’s weekly OneLicense music report. (Please check with your parish office on who does this report and inform them of the songs you use each week.)
Each liturgy contains three pieces of music by Michael Mangan (Litmus Productions):
a short seasonal focus song to sing once the children gather in the separate celebration space
a seasonal psalm from the Lectionary for Masses with Children (if more than one reading is used)
a Gospel Acclamation
For each song you will find embedded:
a full recording
an “instrumental only” version for those who would like to lead the song themselves
a sheet music pdf of melody/chords/lyrics for those who would like to play the song live
powerpoint presentation of the lyrics for each song.
Also provided is the song “May God’s Word Fill Your Hearts” which should be sung by the Assembly as the children are dismissed and process out with a candle and the Word.
These resources are for the exclusive use of the licence-holder in the context of a Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Recordings and sheet music must not be shared with any other person, parish, school or entity.
REFERENCES + CREDITS
These resources have been created by Liturgy Brisbane for use in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Catholic Church of Australia. We thank Rina Wintour for her contribution. We acknowledge Michael Mangan and Anne Frawley-Mangan from Litmus Productions for their recommended hymns and gospel acclamation. (C) Litmus Productions. Project coordinated by James Robinson. Liturgy Brisbane. Issued in the United States of America by St Mary's Press under licence from Liturgy Brisbane. Other images from Unsplash and Pexels. 2017. Used under license/ with permission. Full terms and conditions. Images used within activity sheets are from Pixabay. 2017. Used under license/ with permission. Contemporary English Version of Scripture provided under licence from ICEL to Liturgy Brisbane.
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