Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children.
The FHC programme in Guildford aims to support and enable parents to live out their calling as the first and best accompaniers of the faith for their children.
Fearless (Just for children)
Children in Year 3 and above are encouraged to join our weekly youth formation group Fearless, held during term time either in-person from 5.15pm.
We have found that children preparing for First Holy Communion particularly benefit from joining Fearless as it really helps to grow their faith and integrate into the community with their peers.
Mass (Bring the whole family)
Families are encouraged to attend Mass weekly, either by signing up to attend Mass in person or via the live stream
Family Focused Masses
These are provisionally scheduled to be once a month. We will confirm whether they can go ahead nearer the time.
Towards the end of the programme, there is a taught Mass. Different aspects of the Mass are explained by the Priests, while Mass is celebrated.
Family Days (for the whole family)
These are fun ways to dig a bit deeper into the faith and teaching of the church. The hall is decorated beautifully and families explore the different interactive stations together in their own time.
The activities run all day so families can book a time that suits them and stay for as long or as little as they like.
Our Job is to Support You.
Parents are the first and best accompaniers in the Faith and they are guided through the preparation by the Children, Youth and Families Team to give them the tools and confidence to pass on the faith to their children.
FAMILY HANDOUTS (parents & children)
At the beginning of the programme you will be sent 7 colourful, engaging handouts to work through each month with your child. The content on the handouts is covered at the parent sessions.
The handouts are a great way to begin conversations about faith at home & to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
Parent sessions (just for parents)
We ask parents to join us for 7 parents’ sessions, which will be held on Zoom this year. At these sessions we will go through the story we would like you to share with your child at home giving you an opportunity to reflect on the topics with your peers first.
It is essential that a parent or guardian for each child attends each of these meetings.