Parish Safeguarding Officer
The Church takes seriously her role in ensuring children and vulnerable adults are kept safe. Following major improvements in our practice, each parish has appointed one or two lay people to work with the Parish Priest to oversee the policies and practises of their parish within a diocesan and national framework. Within the Paula Fitzmaurice are our Safeguarding Officers. They help with carrying out the necessary checks to ensure all adults meet the high standards expected. For more information contact Paula on 024 76336148. You can also contact the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission at www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk
Youth Group and Youth Cafe
The parish has two thriving youth groups known as Youth Group and Youth Café and is now in its 11th year, and is led by Carmel Keane and her team.
The youth groups meet on Tuesdays and over 100 young people are regular members. The groups are run by a very dedicated team of trained Youth Leaders. The meetings end with night prayer comprising of both music and prayer which is led by the young people. They have been involved with Confirmation and Communion retreat days at the parish primary schools and with preparations for the new translation of the Mass. They enjoy regular outings and events. They link up with other groups in Coventry, Warwickshire, and the wider diocese. The group helps with the Lourdes pilgrimage, World Youth Day events, and the Christmas and Easter parties for the sick and housebound. They are also involved in National Youth Sunday events and support the liturgy at various Masses throughout the year. This year many of the Youth Group will be again helping out on the Annual Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Contact Details: Carmel Keane 07980 919936
Brownies and Guides
There are groups at both St Augustine’s and Christ the King. They follow the framework of the Brownies and Guides Association. They have regular events and camping trips. They attend church for parades throughout the year.
Christ the King: Brownies Tania Burton 07790146172 Guides: Michelle McManus 024 76364098
St Augustine’s: Michelle McManus 024 7636409
The Toddler Group
Christ the King Toddler Group began in 2008 when it was suggested there should be something in the parish for parents and their young children. The group is for children aged from birth to 4 to have fun and mix with other children. It’s also an opportunity for parents, grandparents and child-minders to socialise with other parents and carers. The children do lots of activities including playing with toys, jigsaws, drawing, colouring, play dough, card making, gluing and sticking, outdoor play and song time. Tea and coffee is provided for adults and the children have juice and biscuits at snack time, as well as healthy alternatives. A small donation each week covers the cost of refreshments and resources and any extra money is donated to a charity agreed by the group.
Monday/Tuesday Bev 07855 521102
Wednesday Michelle 07941 171012
Thursday Josie 07770 741620
Friday Michelle 07766 495607
The boxing club started on 3rd October 2012 at St Augustine’s Sports Centre. It has proved very popular and has grown from the initial sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to now meeting 4 times a week for boys with extra training on Saturday and Sunday. An average of 50 boys attend each session, and there is also a ladies boxing session too. See “What’s on” page 29, for more details.
Contact Details: Brendan Malone 07950 690122
Christ the King Football Club
From the club website it says “…committed to developing quality football in a community environment.….” Christ the King Juniors FC The club continues to field the most teams of any local football club with 21 teams competing this season. These range from Under 8s to Youth level and below Under 11s are open to mixed gender. On Saturday morning the club runs Community Coaching sessions at Bablake Playing Fields ground for Reception through to Year 2 children. These are proving to be very popular and it is great way to introduce young children to sport, teamwork and fitness. The club continues to offer a strong link between the parish and the district, although all denominations are welcome to play, and is a strong example of the benefits of community investment.
Juniors Paddy Craven – Chairmanpatrick.firstname.lastname@example.org 07834 841460
Seniors Vincent Sloyan – Chairmanvinnysloyan@virginmedia.com 07956 805244