Children's Liturgy of the Word
What is Children's Liturgy of the Word? Children's Liturgy of the Word, or as it is more affectionately known - CLOW, is an extension of the Mass. It is a worship experience geared especially for children ages 3 - 6 that is currently offered at the 11:00 AM Mass only (October - first week of May). Children's Liturgy of the Word mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and child friendly manner.
The Word of God has a message that is as relevant and fitting for children as it is for adults; however, children often fail to hear the message simply because the adult vocabulary is beyond their comprehension. Children's Liturgy of the Word offers an opportunity for children to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God's word. Children are also guided through the proper Mass responses and postures at a much slower pace which helps them to learn and understand these responses better.
There is no registration needed for families who wish to participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word. The family should simply sit in church as usual for the Introductory Rites. After the Introductory Rites, the presider invites any children ages 3 - 6 who wish to participate to join in procession behind the leader as they go to their worship space. They return after the General Intercessions to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the entire community.
There are several important covid updates that we will be asking of all families that have children that participate in CLOW this year:
- Children's Liturgy of the Word sessions will be limited to children ages 3 - first grade. Children second grade (preparing for first Sacraments) and older are asked to remain with parents in Mass.
- We must limit the number of youth helpers to only two for each Mass. Youth helpers must be grade 7 and up.
- We will be following all recommended and required covid safety measures. We will abide by the requirements set forth by our Archdiocese for mask wearing for events or programs involving gatherings with groups of children together.. All children and adults, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask during the CLOW session. There are masks for children and adults at the entry doors of church for those who arrive without them.
More adult volunteers are always needed. Contact Cyndi Marlow in the parish office to find out more about the different ways you can help. [email protected]
Be a CLOW leader! We need YOU!
To be able to offer this ministry we need a team of 6 or more adults who will rotate leading sessions. Contact Cyndi in the parish office to find out more!