Children at the Faith Station
Kids from the West District holding information cards on a saint at the camp’s Faith Station.

Lesley Goonting

The Mass came alive for 120 children during the fifth annual West District Kids Bible Camp held recently.

During the Nov 27-Dec 1 camp, held at the Church of St Ignatius, they learnt more about the Eucharistic celebration through various fun activities.

The event, which had the theme, Marvellous Mystery: The Mass Comes Alive!, saw the 4 to 12 year olds visiting various stations, each one focusing on an aspect of the Mass.

At the Faith Station they reflected on the mystery of the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist through Scripture, prayer and stories of saints. At the Games Station they played games to help them better appreciate the different parts of the Mass, while at the Music Station they learnt songs and dances to praise and welcome Jesus into their hearts.

Activities on the last day highlighted that the Mass was a call for all to be the light of Christ to others. The children were encouraged to grow in the virtues of patience, peace, unity, faith and generosity.

During the closing Mass, Jesuit Father Jerome Leon emphasised that the Mass was not only a shared meal that nourished us spiritually, it was also about building our relationship with God and with others – a communion.

He added that the Mass was a call to reach out in charity to serve especially those in need.

One young participant, four-year-old Christie De Cunha, shared that her favourite station was the Music Station. She also learnt that “Jesus is with us every day. The Mass is Jesus sharing a meal … with me and you.”

The camp was organised by representatives from the West District parishes.

Colouring Mystery Bags at the Craft Station
A colouring activity at the Crafts Station.