Families and Young Children


Junior Church is a children’s liturgy that is provided during the 9.30 Sunday morning Mass in the Abbey Church. There are two classes: one for pre-school aged children and one for school-aged children. We sing some songs, have a simple Liturgy of the Word, encourage a discussion about what the children have heard and also have fun activities relating to the Gospel reading. These activities are suited to the different age groups. There is a team of 6 parishioners who take it in turns to teach the classes in creative and instructive ways. Classes for pre-school age children are held every Sunday at 9.30 am in the Unity Room with Erica Ballard. Classes for school-age children are held in the Choir Vestry with Rachel Davies. Classes are held during the school term and break up for the holidays

The Junior Church would love to have your help. Would you like to be involved? If so please contact Rachel Davies rfrmaison@gmail.com or mobile 07801696354

Sacramental preparation: You can find information about preparation for Baptism here and about preparation for First Communion here


Colour and Shape is a community of parents exploring how to live a joy-filled life of faith that creates sacred space in the home and celebrates the liturgical seasons of the church creatively and sustainably.  Colour and Shape is in a prayer and funding partnership with The Lay Community of Saint Benedict. Colour and Shape offer a fantastic weekly video exploring the Sunday Gospel, aimed at families with young children.


Join CAFOD’s Children’s Liturgy Live! on Sunday morning at 10.00. Register for this week’s liturgy and CAFOD will email you a link.

Amoris Laetitia Family Year 2021-2022: a special year to bear witness to family love. Speaking about the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, Pope Francis referred to it as a special year to grow in family love and an opportunity for a renewed and creative pastoral drive to place the family at the centre of both Church and society. Pope Francis also shared his hope that every family may feel in its own home the living presence of the Holy Family of Nazareth, that it may fill our small domestic communities with sincere and generous love, a source of joy even in trials and difficulties”. Find out more about the Year of the Family here

Amoris Laetitia: the Joy of Love is available in the Abbey Bookshop at £4.95

Grandparents’ Groups  Parish-based Grandparents’ Groups in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton provide an important opportunity for people to come together through prayer, learning, encouragement and friendship. The groups are affiliated to the Catholic Grandparents Association and welcome everyone, including honorary grandparents, who play an important role in many families’ live. Find out more here

Care for the Family provides resources for people of all faiths and of none but also  provides resources especially for those who share our Christian faith.


Pathways to God: an examen specifically designed for children of Key Stage 1 and 2 age.

Five-finger daily examen

Pray as you go examen for children

Looking back on my day