LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN by John & Jill Boughton +
Includes complete lesson plans for each Sunday of the year, as well as feasts that may fall on a Sunday.
"This book is for those who believe God's Word speaks to everyone, even children.
"It is for parents who wish to help their children understand the Sunday readings better.
"It is for CCD programs which want to provide an alternative or supplement to Mass attendance for their children.
"It is for parishes which want to help children understand God's Word by participating in their own Liturgy of the Word before joining their families for the
Liturgy of the Eucharist.
For children, the opening half of the Mass can be very difficult to follow. There are many words spoken, during which they're expected to sit still and be quiet, and there is little drama or sensory involvement. By taking them aside during this part of the Mass, negative feelings they might have about church can be changed to eager participation. The ultimate objective is not to provide a substitute for the Mass but to help the children mature so that the Mass is more meaningful for them. By the time they make their First Communion, they will be ready to participate in the entire Mass with Understanding.
- Parents may select activities and discussion to help prepare their children for the Sunday liturgy or to follow up on the Scriptural theme they have heard at Mass. This would fit in well with a "family night" or special Lord's Day meal on Saturday or Sunday evening.
- Children may have a separate celebration during the entire Mass, or they may attend Mass before or after a class using these materials. In brackets in each lesson you will find songs, prayers, supplementary activities and discussion questions that amplify the day's theme. These options may also be selected in the shorter program below or used to expand a lesson as needed.
- Precisely because the Mass is intended for all of God's family, young children can profit from a special liturgy of their own. This is not a babysitting service that removes them from hearing God's Word, but rather a celebration that helps them appreciate God's Word as it addresses their life situations.
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