Mini-Vinnies promote the Gospel values and raise awareness about how we can support and make links with our community and parish.
Who are the Mini Vinnies?
Mini Vinnies follow in the footsteps of Christ and St Vincent de Paul. They aim to be more like St. Vincent. He was caring, generous and looked to the glory of God for strength and perseverance. St Vincent had other’s best interests at heart. He is a great example of a person following in Jesus’ footsteps.
The Mini Vinnies are the youngest members of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need.
The Mini Vinnies get together in primary schools and parishes across England and Wales to live out their mission of see, think, do, supporting their school community and beyond alongside the SVP. Most Mini Vinnies are between the ages of seven and eleven, but even children as young as five are living out the mission too.
Mini-Vinnies turn concern into action by:
Praying for those in need
Making cards for those who may be sick, isolated, lonely or in prison
Visiting local care homes to sing and share stories with residents
Taking part in arts and crafts to share with others
running food collections for a local food bank
Supporting other children in their school or parish
Our St Gregory's Chaplaincy Team play a vital role in enhancing and promoting the School and Gospel values alongside our faith to pupils, staff and the wider community. All of our chaplains take joy in wearing their Chaplaincy badge and carrying out different responsibilities.
The Chaplaincy Team meet weekly and consider different ways in which they are strengthening mission, deepening prayer and enabling communion.
The Chaplaincy Team Aims to:
The meetings give a chance for every Chaplain to share their ideas and together we make decisions about how we can promote the Catholic ethos in the school. Chaplains will have the chance to lead Gospel worships, Collective Worship, monitor class reflection areas and class display boards and have plan prayer events for key points of the Liturgical seasons.