What is Time Travellers?
Time Travellers is our revamped children’s liturgy program that runs during the first half of Mass ( the liturgy of the Word). At Time travellers, our youth will travel back in time to meet some heroes of the bible, engage in high-energy worship music and hear a specifically designed message just for them that they apply to their own lives each week. NO registration is requires, all children Gr.k-5 are encouraged to come down and join us during the designated Masses (9:30am and 11am Masses)
Where do we get our material?
The parish has purchased a yearly subscription to Rebuilt. With this membership, we have access as well as permission to use all the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Content presented at Church of the Nativity in Baltimore, for kids in grades 1 through 5. We offer a scaled-down version of Time Travellers here at Holy Family Parish.
Each module includes:
Plan Documents & Lesson Plans, Hand outs (if applicable), Series Artwork and Sample Videos
Be part of the HFkids Team!
HFkids Core Team Responsibilities & Positions
The Worship Leader is an energetic and passionate leader responsible for delivering the message series in an engaging and enthusiastic way. He or she is strong in knowledge of the Catholic faith. The Worship Leader acts as the main MC throughout.
The Catechist is an Energetic and passionate leader who delivers the Gospel and “breaks open the word” for children to understand. The Catechist will often be asked to engage the children in Q & A.
The Crowd Minister is a gentle and attentive leader who sits with children, is present to their needs (washroom breaks & other supports), helps choose volunteers and encourages children to participate and share their responses throughout.
The Welcome Minister is an opportunity for our High School Volunteers to get up on stage to welcome the children as they arrive and provide a very short message about our Message Series before the Worship Leader’s “Big Idea”.
The Tech Crew Minister is responsible for simply moving through the Power Point slides, playing the audio and videos in presentation that will already be on the computer at the tech table during Time travellers. This person is attentive to the leader and is following a paper schedule to know when to pass through slides. *Tech support does NOT create slides, only presses “next” and plays videos*
The Children’s Liturgy Catechist is a gentle and passionate leader who delivers the message in an engaging & passionate way at a pre-school level. The catechist is also responsible to lead the children and their parent in the hands-on activity each week. The catechist may have some set-up to do before the 9:30 Mass and tidy-up needed after the 11:00 Mass.
The Children’s Liturgy Helper is a great opportunity for our Intermediate Youth to get engaged while assisting the Children’s Liturgy Catechist. The Helper is encouraged to interact with the children & parents.
The HFkids Greeter serves at the back of the church providing a warm welcome to our families as they arrive for Mass – providing visibility to our 2 programs while engaging with families and answering questions. The role switches once Mass begins to inviting & escorting children to the HFkids programs that may arrive after Mass begins. Ideally, there are 2 Greeters, one escorts the children and the other stays upstairs so as not to miss any families as the arrive – this will be especially important when programs resume in the fall. Some children are unsure but with a little encouragement they usually will give it a try.
The Children’s Liturgy Coordinator is responsible for material and content, organizing & running team meetings, training new catechists and volunteers. He or she is also focused on building relationships between catechists, parents and young children – serving as mentors for our young families. This position is lovingly being held by Angie & Mary!
The Program Coordinator is able to edit and prepare the entire TIME TRAVELLERS message including producing the Word doc and PowerPoint to be used by the Worship Leader, Catechist and Tech Crew ministers. The Program Coordinator is a confident leader able to recognize the need to make adjustment to the material provided by Rebuilt when required as well as research & implement alternatives. He or she is also responsible to gather and deliver the materials needed for the lesson, planning team meetings, connecting regularly with the Children’s Liturgy Coordinators, sending out the weekly emails and assuring that there is adequate help for each Mass for both Time Travellers AND Children’s Liturgy. Current contact person is Sue.
This is only the last two (out of five) weeks of Rebuilt Message Series 'Fear Not', we needed to use this series to catch up to the Church Reading.
Oct 6th 2019 - Launch for HFkids. We decided to start this series from the start so we were a few weeks behind the Church Readings. We plan to catch up with the next Message Series by Mid-November.
Message Series Outline - Parent Handout: Time Travelers Oct 6-Nov 10 Parent Summary
Kids Small Group
Advent (we only did week 1,2 & 3 of Advent. Week 3 was a social with crafts. Time Travellers goes on a longer Christmas Break),https://www.holyfamilywhitby.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/HFkids-Small-Group-Lesson-Grace-Wk-1.pdf, https://www.holyfamilywhitby.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Clothespin-Angel-Craft-Gr.-1-5.docx,
Week 3 Lesson, No Bible Reading (Video)
Oct 6th 2019 - Launch of HFkids. We decided to start this series from the start so we were a few weeks behind the Church Readings. We plan to catch up with the next Message Series by Mid-November.
Kids mall Group Welcome & Message Series Outline. HFkids Small Group Welcome Message & Series Outline.
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 1, HFkids Small Group Wk 1 Bible Story - The Most Important Commandment (Matthew 22-34-40), Ten Commandments primary, Ten Commandments Intermediate
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 2
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 3, Armor of God Prayer HFkids Handout wk 3
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 4,
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 5-1, HFkids Small Group wk 5 Bible Story, HFkids Small Group Prayer Calendar
- HFkids Small Group Lesson Plan wk 6-1, HFkids Small Group Bible Reading Wk 6