‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.
To find out more about Mini Vinnies, click on this link: http://www.minivinnies.org.uk/index.php
This year our Chaplaincy team and Mini Vinnies have chosen to collect for Mission Together. Just like in spring when increased light and warmth cause new plants to grow, for Christians, Lent is also a time of new beginnings. We are encouraged to prepare for Easter by thinking about how they could be more like Jesus. For example, if we are being mean to someone, in Lent we try to change our behaviour and be kind instead. If we’ve fallen out with someone, in Lent we try hard to change the situation through forgiving or asking for forgiveness. During Lent, we don’t just try to change ourselves for the better, we have to try to make life better for others too.
We will also be sending home our travelling crosses.
Mission Together is a special charity that asks children to help change the lives of children living in poverty around the world through prayer and sharing. We have asked the children to spend their time more wisely at home in exchange for a donation Mission Together, e.g. tidy their room or help with other household jobs. If they choose to give something up, they can then donate the money that would usually be spent on treats to Mission together.
Each class will have a collection and work together to make the lives better for children in poverty.
We thank you in anticipation of your support and I hope you benefit from having very helpful children at home!
During May, our Mini-Vinnies were busy making prayer cards to be sent to Lourdes to share with the pilgrims. These prayer cards were very gratefully received and we have had lots of lovely messages from the pilgrims, sending their thanks.
We have arranged talks to pupils by the CAFOD Diocesan Coordinator to raise awareness of issues such as global poverty and how CAFOD works to address such issues. A group of twenty of our children have been commissioned as ‘Mini-Vinnies’, a youth group linked to the St Vincent De Paul Society. These children represent their peers and they meet to reflect on the teachings of Jesus and consider ways in which we can help our school community to live out the Good News.
Children lead and coordinate chaplaincy life throughout the whole school. They understand that Christ is at the centre of everything that we do. They are taught to be confident in their faith and be outward looking, developing a social conscience and having many opportunities to wonder, question and discuss their faith.