Liturgy of the Word for Children
Sometimes, moreover, if the place itself and the nature of the individuals permit, it possibly will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, location. Then, before the eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word (Directory for Masses with Children, 17).
On Sunday the Church comes together to celebrate in Word and Eucharist the mystery of our Lord’s death and Resurrection, the paschal mystery. The gathered assembly of the baptized is one of the ways Christ is present: "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Matthew 18:20). Our celebration must include everyone: young and old.
In many places, children together with parents and leaders celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a separate place. Some parishes have been celebrating like this for a number of years. In other places a Liturgy of the Word with Children is in its infancy or at the planning stage.
Various documents below will help in your ministry; advisers from the CCF are always willing to come to your parish or deanery to share best practice with you and your team. It is important, in all of this, that you cultivate your own prayer life and Scriptural reflection.
Documents on Evangelization (universal and local)
The Liturgy Office at the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have produced a guideline document for those involved in the Liturgy of the Word with Children, along with a simplified document (below). Here you will also find the Directory for Masses with Children published by the Vatican. Copies of the Lectionary for Masses with Children can be bought from the CCF bookshop.