Members of the children’s liturgy presenting their Silly Share plates to Bishop David McGough during the Wolverhampton Harvest Fast Day deanery CAFOD mass
On Sunday, 28th September, the children’s liturgy group at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Wolverhampton took part in their own Big Silly Share to find out all about the global food system and explore why some people in some countries go hungry.
Judith, a children’s liturgy volunteer, explains that ‘We know God has given us food to eat. But we found out not everyone has a chance to get a fair share. To help us think about this, we pretended to have a picnic. We thought of all of the lovely food we could eat!’
The leader Marie gave each child a number from 1 to 8. All the children with the number 8 had to stand in the corner and imagined that they were unable to join in the picnic. Not only did the 8’s feel upset, hungry and left out, but the 1’s to 7’s were saddened that their friends couldn’t eat with them! The children imagined how it felt for other children around the world for whom food poverty is the reality.
The group decided that it’s so easy to share the resources that we have. And that’s exactly what they did with all the liturgy group enjoying a very tasty picnic!
To reflect on just how silly it is that lots of people around the world go hungry, the children created silly menus on paper plates which they presented to Bishop David McGough as part of the offertory during the Wolverhampton Harvest Fast Day deanery CAFOD mass on Monday 6 October.
Judith shares that ‘Our group decided that we should all try to do what God wants us to do… and share what we have with others’.