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“The Mini Vinnies group are active and work closely with the parish St Vincent de Paul group, coordinating fundraising events and using the Street Rosary initiative during May as an opportunity for voluntary prayer.”
Diocesan Inspection July 2018
What is Mini Vinnies?
‘Mini Vinnies’ is a St Vincent de Paul Group in our school. It is a group of young people aged 5-11 who get together, organise and talk about helping others in need within our school community and beyond. What makes Mini Vinnies such a valuable experience for the children who are part of it, is the change it makes in school communities. Our Mini Vinnies’ group meet once a month during lunchtime. These are some of the projects we have completed this year.
– Designed and made sick and bereavement cards for members of the school and parish community.
– Designed and distributed invitations for the official opening of our new prayer garden.
– Collected items and packed shoe boxes for ‘Operation Christmas Child.’
– Designed prayer stones for our new prayer garden.
What happens at a Mini Vinnies’ meeting?
A ‘President’ is elected by the Mini Vinnies to lead the meeting and organise the group. An adult will co-ordinate the group and give help and practical advice.
The President opens the meeting with a prayer.
A short spiritual reading/reflection/piece of music/meditation follows.
The Group members could take turns to do this.
Next we take part in the main focus task.
Group members then talk about the Mini Vinnies’ activities they have done since the previous meeting.
Any future plans are then discussed.