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Bidding Prayer Writers
We are a team of 10 who write the Bidding Prayers (Prayers of the Laity) which are used at Sunday Mass, with extras for Christmas and Easter. We are always seeking more volunteers.

The Bidding Prayers are written to a formula laid down by the Archdiocese. They are written in your own home - no one, other than the team know who has written them. They can be written in your own hand or typed, handed in or e-mailed to the Parish Office. Instructions and help will be given to volunteers. Currently, each writer does 4 Sundays per year.

So, if you are not the sort of person who likes to get up and read publicly or become a Eucharistic Minister, perhaps you would like to try this quiet way of serving God and helping your Parish.
Please contact Madelaine McDonald on 0151 220 9874 or email pmcdonald154@gmail.com or through the Parish Office
Catechists
Children (and indeed adults) preparing for their First Holy Communion or for Confirmation are offered a lot of help in our schools, hopefully backed up in their homes, but some extra help in the parish is very important, and more helper catechists are always welcome. This is not usually a continual process, but usually during a few weeks leading up to a major event. As Father Mark says, If you were a catechist in the past, please do think of serving our community once more in this way.
Do get in touch, through the Parish Office
Children's Church
St. Margaret Mary's runs a children's church during the Sunday morning Mass, for children between the ages of 4 and 12. At the beginning of Mass, the children are taken out of Church and into the Parish Club by Children's Church leaders, to be given an activity more suited to their age than listening intently to the Liturgy of the Word, keeping quiet and being still!

There are two separate groups - Little Angels (4-8yrs), and Big Angels (8-12yrs). During the sessions the children sing the Gloria, say prayers and are then read a 'child-friendly' version of the day's Gospel. Then they will do an activity based around that gospel before finishing with bidding prayers. The children are returned to Church, usually just after the offertory. At Christmas time all the children perform in the Nativity at the Church's Carol Service.

All children's church leaders are CRB checked by the Archdiocese. Unfortunately, because of safeguarding issues, parents cannot accompany their children unless they too, have been CRB checked. We currently have around 15 leaders who work on a rota basis, but the list is by no means closed.
If any other 'young at heart' adult would like to be involved with us, please contact Jane Jamieson through the Parish Office