Lighthouse Club

St Columba's Parish Education Programme

The aim of the Lighthouse Club is to provide an education programme to support parents in the religious education and faith development of their children during their formative years.


SUNDAY LITURGY FOR CHILDREN - PARISH CENTRE (school term-time only)
This is an integral part of the Sunday celebration of Mass when the key prayers and Bible stories are introduced to the children in an informal way.The session lasts approx. 25 minutes and then the children bring their contribution to the altar in the Offertory procession. The current age range is P1-P4 children but, pre-school children often come through too with a parent.

Two adults are needed to run a session, one as leader and the other as helper. It is not necessary to have any formal liturgical or educational background - what is needed is some practical experience of the Catholic faith. Volunteers are welcome and training and instruction can be provided. All volunteers must be PVG disclosed through St Columba's.

LIGHTHOUSE CLASSES - PARISH CENTRE
The classes run from October (or later) with breaks for school holidays. Classes are grouped according to school age. Classes are led by volunteers on a rota basis, usually parents of children attending. In order to comply with Child Protection Guidelines a second adult must be present. Both must be PVG disclosed through St Columba's. The parish can arrange PVG disclosure for new volunteers. Please contact Jim Donnelly, the parish safeguarding coordinator, for details.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
It is recommended that children are at least seven years old at the start of instruction to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation to receive Holy Eucharist generally starts the following year. Both classes are run every year. Preparation for Confirmation is offered when appropriate for older pupils.

CHILDREN'S MASSES
A children's Mass is celebrated occasionally and children encouraged to participate more fully in the celebration as readers/musicians/singers. Boys and girls are encouraged to train as altar servers after they have made their First Holy Communion.

CRAFT SESSIONS
These are run, usually at the start of Advent and sometimes at other times in the year, for the enjoyment of all children attending the Lighthouse Club.

SOCIAL EVENTS
Popular events have included tubing, sessions at the local Sports Centre, party nights and various fund raising events for charity. Parents also organise get-together social occasions.

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