01 Nov 2015
Happy kids, happy mums
The Southern Cross newspaper – November 2015
Every second Tuesday morning at St Luke’s Church Noarlunga, a group of young families gather for Mass and a chat over a cup of coffee.
Called Tuesday Chats, the program attracts varying numbers – from half a dozen mums and children to up to 20 families.
Volunteers are the backbone of the program, providing supervision for children who play in the creche while the parents attend Mass, and then serving refreshments while they talk with other parents over morning tea.
Mother of four, Alison, said she loved the flexibility of Tuesday Chats and the fact that it was so welcoming and accepting of her son who has special needs.
“It’s really touched me, that people care about Jesse,” she said.
Noarlunga/Seaford parish pastoral worker Tanya Linsell, who brings her own children to Tuesday Chats, said the program had been running fortnightly since June 2014.
She said parents really enjoyed the time of “intimate communion with Our Lord”.
“The reflection on the readings and how they relate to parenting and family life is very nourishing,” she said.
“Chatting with other parents is always helpful to parents as they laugh over children's antics, find consolation in common struggles and seek advice from each other.”
Tanya said there was a library of books on spirituality and parenting which could help them on their faith journey and also help them to bring up their children to “know and love God”.
“Tuesday Chats itself is a way that the parents can witness to children their love of God because they take time out of their week to spend time with Him,” she said.
“The children get more familiar with other children and parents from the parish, which means there are more friendships to connect with when they go to Sunday Mass.”
Photo: YOUNG MUMS: Tanya Linsell (left) and Eva Starrs with their children at Tuesday Chats.