Children's Liturgy of the Word (Kids Liturgy)
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Introduction to Kids Liturgy
Children's Liturgy of the Word, or colloquially called "Kids Liturgy," is:
Children's Liturgy of the Word Leaders have a significant role in the parish, with responsibility for presiding over the liturgy, leading the assembly's prayer, and facilitating a homiletic reflection on the Word of God with those present. This person helps lead the children to an active participation in the Liturgy of the Word. They familiarise the children with the patterns, gestures and responses of the Liturgy of the Word so that gradually they can participate more fully in the adult Liturgy of the Word. They help the children to hear the scriptures proclaimed, understand the scriptures through a dialogue reflection, and respond in prayer and song. They undergo formation and are formally authorised by the Parish Priest (Directory for Masses with Children, 17 and 24; Diocesan Guidelines for Children's Liturgy of the Word, TBA).
Other Ministries Involved
The Reader at Children's Liturgy of the Word proclaims the scripture reading from the lectionary, understands what he or she is proclaiming and recognises that it is God speaking to the children in their proclamation. The reader is usually an older child or may be an adult reader or the leader.
The Music Coordinator leads the children in song, especially the Alleluia before the Gospel, and encourages children to share in the music ministry. They undergo formation and are formally authorised by the Parish Priest (Diocesan Guidelines for Music Coordinators, TBA).
Junior Altar Servers carry the cross and candles in procession to and from the main assembly area and the children's assembly area. They may also assist the Leader in other aspects of the liturgy.
The Children's Liturgy of the Word Leader would need to spend one to two hours in preparation per liturgy. Usually scheduled by roster weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Ongoing training and formation.
Requirements for Admission to the Ministry of Leader of Children's Liturgy of the Word
The Parish Priest may authorise Leaders of Children's Liturgy of the Word for a maximum period of five years, following which ministers may apply for further five year periods of service. The Leader of Children's Liturgy of the Word must continually maintain a current Working With Children Check Clearance.
If you are interested in this ministry please submit a Ministry Expression of Interest form.
Guidelines for Leaders of Children's Liturgy of the Word (TBA, October 2015)
Other Ministry Resources
Directory for Masses with Children, Congregation for Divine Worship (November 1, 1973) This is THE foundational document for adaptations of the liturgy for children, and provides the foundation principles for conducting a Liturgy of the Word for children.
Guidelines for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Brisbane Catholic Education and The Liturgical Commission (2003). These guidelines, initially developed for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and now available for download from Liturgy Brisbane, provide a solid foundation for planning, preparing and resourcing a parish-based Sunday Children's Liturgy of the Word. Highly recommended.
How to Lead Children's Liturgy of the Word, Pat Fosarelli, Donna Eschenauer and Paul Turner (Liturgical Training Publications, 2014)
This booklet provides a comprehensive overview of the ritual structure of Children's Liturgy of the Word and describes how to be an effective leader of the celebration. Also available at local book sellers such as Pauline Book & Media in Sydney. Highly recommended.
Ministers for Children's Liturgy of the Word, Powerful Points - Unit 9, Liturgy Brisbane.
This Ministry Training Resource Digital Download is the curriculum resource for the Wollongong Diocese's Liturgical Ministry Training in Children's Liturgy of the Word. Highly Recommended.
Children's Liturgy of the Word, Elizabeth Harrington, Liturgy Lines, Liturgy Brisbane.
This article provides helpful advice for those commencing Children's Liturgy of the Word in their parish.
Lectionary for Masses with Children, Catholic Book Publishing. The essential ritual book for Children's Liturgy of the Word.
LabOra Worship, Liturgy Brisbane. A liturgy resources subscription service, including leader suggestions for children's liturgy of the word. Highly recommended.
LiturgyHelp, Creative Ministry Resources, Hobart. A liturgy resources subscription service, including leader suggestions for children's liturgy of the word. Highly recommended.