As part of Family Faith Formation or FFF for short, monthly sessions are held for our Parish children, from when they start school at age 4, right up to being prepared for Confirmation and beyond.
The handing on of the faith is first and foremost the responsibility of the parents. FFF helps both the children and their parents to grow in their knowledge and commitment and love of Jesus.
Without a Catholic primary or secondary school within our Parish, children go to many different local village schools. AS part of FFF, we hold monthly sessions often after 10am Sunday Mass, where the children and young people can get to know their their Catholic friends, and learn more about Jesus and their Catholic faith. The children are split into different age based groups, each lead by a Catechist. Through FFF, children are also prepared for the important Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.
Sessions are lectionary based based with inspiration also being taken from topical issues and the seasons of the church. FFF often involves drama, music, craft, stories and thought-provoking discussions, with each catechist using their own particular gifts to engage with the children in their group.
Fr Bernard, together with Paddy Rylands who brings her years of experience and knowledge from the Shrewsbury Diocese Education service, meet with and guide the catechists through the year, to help plan sessions, sharing ideas and other practical involvement and support. Whilst the children are in their sessions Fr Bernard and Paddy lead the parents in their own sessions and reflection before parents and children combine together again for a few moments of prayer.
As well as the FFF monthly sesisons there are many child and family friendly opportunities; taking up the gifts at the Offertory, Children's Liturgy, "acting-out Gospels", playing music at Mass, "Faith and Fun" afternoons as well as other social and liturgical opportunities.