Parish Groups

Youth

Children's Holy Hour - Advent

Children's Liturgy

Children's Way of the Cross

Family Folk Masses

Family Learning Workshop

Little Angels Playgroup (Toddler Group)

Meet and Greet Team

Rainbows and Brownies

Senior Youth Club

St Anselm's RC Primary School

Sunday Morning Welcome Group

Young Adults Group



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Children's Holy Hour - Advent

On the fourth Sunday of Advent the children of the parish in costume traditionally lead the Holy Hour with the 'The Christmas Story ' a play by mime, readings and carols which concludes with all the children together on the sanctuary steps receiving a final blessing from the priest.

This is a most charming celebration and one not to be missed, young and old, as we prepare for the wonderful celebration of the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

For further information please contact the parish office for further details.
Tel: 020 8672 2179


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Children's Liturgy

The Under 5's (Little Fishes) & Over 5's (The Followers)

Who is it for? For parents with children who are too young to attend Children's Liturgy on their own (1 - 5 years approx.) including Reception aged children.

Where will it take place? In the Upper New Hall, via the staircase by the sacristy.

What will happen at Parent & Child Liturgy? Songs, actions, prayers for young children to learn with their parents.

When? At the 10.00am Family Mass on the 2nd, 4th and 5th (when this oddurs) Sunday of the Month when the children leave following the opening prayer of the Mass and return to the Church at the end of the Bidding Prayers just before the Offertory procession.

The Children's Liturgy is held term-time only and takes place during the 10am Family Mass. It is an exciting and spiritual experience for all ages of our community. The Liturgy groups are usually held on the Second & Fourth Sundays of the month (and Fifth Sunday of the month when this occurs) when the children leave the church and attend their own liturgical experience in the new halls, an extension of the Mass.

Under 5's (Little Fishes) to be accompanied by a parent/adult go to the Upper New Hall.
Over 5's (the Followers) go to the Lower New Hall, not necessarily accompanied by an adult.

From 7-8 when children are part of the Parish First Holy Communion Programme, it is expected these children remain with their parents and follow Mass in Church. During the litgurgy the Gospel is read or acted out and the children interact through stories and songs. All the children return to the church at the end of the Prayers of the Faithful and some of the older children partake in the offertory procession.

We believe by providing this exciting and invigorating liturgical experience, the children under the age of 7 and parents/carers are able to engage more fully with the Word of the Lord. Full details are available on the 'Welcome Table' at the rear of the Church in the blue leaflet 'Children'.

Liturgists are expected to have a knowledge and passion for the Word of the Lord and will have gone through the Parish Safeguarding procedure.

Should you be interested in becoming involved with this important Ministry, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8672 2179.

NOTE:

One parent must accompany their child to this Liturgy Group. Click to download: Children in Church

Child Protection

In keeping with current legislation, St Anselm's has a protection panel to oversee the implementation of the Diocesan policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. All people who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults are required to undergo a vetting procedure through the Safe Guarding Office. If you have any enquiries of concerns, the appointed parish representatives are Peggy Jhugroo and Rebecca Bell and can be contacted through the parish office on 020 8672 2179. Should you have any queries in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Screening for parish volunteers please contact: Rebecca Bell. Email: rebecca.bell6@btinternet.com


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Children's Way of the Cross

On Good Friday the children have their own 'Children's Way of the Cross' at 12 noon in the church.

The story of Jesus' journey to Calvary is shared by the children in costume as they walk the 14 Stations, through readings, prayers, song and reflection.

At the conclusion the priest blesses the children and all present following which all leave the Church in reflective silence.

For further information please contact the parish office for further details. Tel: 020 8672 2179


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Family Folk Masses and Children's Liturgy

The Family Folk Masses are held twice a month on the First and Third Sunday at the 10am Family Mass.

Adults and children are encouraged to come and sing and join the musicians in leading the congregation. Occasionally through the year these dates change due to the parish Sacramental programmes concluding when the music group support these celebrations.

During our Family Masses all the families remain in the Church for the Mass and are encouraged to sit at the front to join in with the action songs.

Children are encouraged to join a team of readers who are prepared to proclaim the Word of the Lord and the Bidding Prayers at the Family Mass once a month. We offer practical support and training for those interested in reading at Mass.

If you are interested in your children reading please contact the parish office for further details. Tel: 010 8672 2179.


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Family Learning Workshop

Held on the 3rd Friday of the Month (term time) in the lower new hall lOam-llam. Mums, dads, carers, grandparents with children pre-school age to come and listen to a story, sing songs and creative play with a Biblical theme.

For further information contact the Parish Of fice 020 8672 2179.break for the whole month of August. The start and close of each period is advertised in the parish bulletin.


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Little Angels Playgroup (Toddler Group)

Parents and carers are invited to join the 'Little Angels' Babies to preschool age on Wednesday mornings 9.15am-11am (term time only) in the old hall, Balham High Road entrance.

Please contact the Parish Office for a booking form and once completed this will be forwarded to the coordinators of the Little Angels.

For further information contact the Parish Office 020 8672 2179.


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Meet & Greet Team

The 'Meet & Greet Team' is composed of a group of young parishioners who have taken on this special role as part of their Post Confirmation Ministry.

They welcome members of the congregation into Church on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and are on hand to meet and greet all members of the congregation. The team were introduced to the parish in October and are enjoying their new role and have been well received by the parishioners. If you are a post-confirmation young person and would like to involved in this ministry, please contact Martine in the parish office.

The team are part of a greater Parish group who welcome members of the congregation as a regular part of the Church's commitment to make our parish a place as open and informative as possible. The welcome table at the back of the church (it is available for most of the year and removed only to allow for Sacramental celebration information connected with Confirmation (May), First Holy Communion (June) displays information about all the various parish societies and programmes, information for children and adults, the Liturgical Calendar and formation programmes. If the information above about our Ministries is not available at the rear of the church it can be found in the foyer of the lower new hall or from the parish office.


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Rainbows & Brownies

Rainbows and Brownies meet on Wednesdays at St Anselm's Old Hall, Balham High Road entrance, during term time from 6-7.30pm. www.girlguiding.org.uk


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Senior Youth Club

Membership & Meeting When and where

The club is open to St Anselm's parish youth and ex-pupils of St Anselm's Primary School - i.e. secondary transfer up to 16 years of age.

We meet weekly through term time on Friday evenings in the Lower Old Church Hall from 7-8.30pm (exceptions leading up to school breaks and special parish event).

The Club provides a very important link for the members as the club continues to support them through the important transition to secondary school and into their teenage years within our Church community.

The Club seeks to offer the youth a safe, fun environment to continue on the path they have started, and to meet their friends on a regular basis. The Club aims to guide and prepare the members for all the pressures they have ahead of them.

There is no annual membership fee but we charge £1.00 per session to help towards equipment/materials.

Activities / Outings

Activities range from indoor games - table tennis, board games, soft ball games etc to arts and craft sessions, including cookery (using the onsite kitchen).

We will regularly plan trips; in such cases the original membership form will be used as the consent form, details will be given in advance for all outings.

During the summer months we may decide to take the young people to the common, on such occasions we will not provide prior written notice as the membership/consent form stipulates that advance permission is already given.


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St Anselm's RC Primary School

St Anselm's RC Primary School admission criteria can be found on the school website: www.stanselms.wandsworth.sch.uk.

Headteacher: Ms Hattie Elwes
Tel: 020 8672 9227
Email: head@stanselms.wandsworth.sch.uk
Website: www.stanselms.wandsworth.sch.uk

Mass Attendance Forms

Throughout the course of the year we will periodically ask you to complete Mass attendance forms, the purpose of which is to confirm weekly Mass attendance of families who will be seeking a Priest's reference for entrance into a Catholic nursery, primary, secondary or sixth form school for their child/children. Our objective is to be fair to everyone. Announcements will be made at the end of Mass and forms can be found in the new halls. One form per child should be completed and returned to the box provided. We understand this can be inconvenient, but it does also mean a lot of extra work for the parish team. Your cooperation is appreciated.


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Sunday Morning Welcome Group

Welcome Team after 10am Family Mass

After the 10am Mass each Sunday (term-time) the 'Welcome Group' organised by Ramish and team provide refreshments for the parishioners in the lower new hall. This Ministry has been running for over twenty years and is well supported and every one is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea, coffee and treats, a chat and make new friends. All welcome!


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Young Adults Group

This is a forum for the young adult members of the parish from 18 years old onwards. They meet at 7.30pm every 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month to pray, explore the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church and see how they can apply same to advance their spiritual lives. It is also an opportunity for the young adults to socialise, share experiences, support each other and discuss some topical issues relevant to them like relationship, marriage, family and some bioethical issues. They also volunteer in some key areas of the parish life like the Caring Kitchen, Care Homes, and as extraordinary ministers. If you are a young adult, and you are looking for a forum to meet other young adults to pray, explore the Bible, the teachings of the Catholic Church, socialise, share experiences, get support, ask questions on any aspect of the teachings of the Catholic Church and get the right answers, this is the right forum for you. For any enquiries, please contact Fr Phil Andrews (fr.phil@icloud.com) or the parish office (020 8672 2179).

We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the 6.15pm Mass followed by refreshments and social gathering in the lower new hall (off the courtyard, Tooting Bec Road). If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument, please contact Hannah (hannahmills88@hotmail.com) or via the parish office 020 8672 2179.


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