Parents and carers are the primary educators in the faith of their children. Parishes have the responsibility of partnering parents in the role. The Children's Ministries team supports parishes, parents and children in the important ministry of faith formation. This support is expressed through research, policy development, resourcing and practical advice.
Faith formation of children and young people is the primary task of the Children's Ministry team.
This work takes the following four forms:
Evangelisation and Catechesis of children is of vital importance at a time when many families are not connecting regularly with the church. When there is a point of contact, the church has an even greater responsibility to mission to the faith formation of families.
In the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle these points of contact for most families are during sacramental programs and religious education in schools and during Children's Liturgy of the Word on Sundays.