Here at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Charlton Kings we strive to be a family-friendly community, where sincere affection, patience, tolerance and mutual respect be freely given to all.
Families today seem to come in more shapes and sizes than ever before. There are:
- Single people who have never married
- Single people who have been divorced, and possibly share the care of their children
- Couples without children
- Widows and widowers of all ages
- Lone-parent families
- Two-parent families
- Families with one or more disabled children or adults
- Extended families
- Adoptive families
- Friends living together
- Foster families
- Blended families
- Families with many children
- Families from different cultural backgrounds
- Mixed-faith or inter-church families
- Carers and their elderly or disabled relatives
- Service families
and probably many more.
What are We Aiming Towards?
- Having an awareness of Safeguarding, which within the Catholic community is a collective responsibility. All members must recognise, cknowledge, value and adhere to the policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults during any activity that takes place within a church context.
- Actively involving adults, and children of all ages, both in the Mass and other liturgies on aregular basis.
- We hope our community is part of a church where everybody feels welcome and comfortable, and knows that their individual needs have been considered, and met wherever possible.
- Encouraging all members of the church to have a positive attitude towards each other, especially across generations and cultures.
- Having buildings that are safe and accessible to everyone (ramps, toilets, access, protective railings, etc).
- Being aware of the special needs of larger families, whether two-parent or “blended”, with children across a broad age range.
- Reaching out to individuals and families in the local community, through our facilities and outreach work
Find out what makes Sacred Hearts such a welcoming parish. Parishioners explain their experiences of Sacred Hearts’ community life.
Mary Challis and Carita Vivian explain the family-oriented nature of Sacred Hearts.