Children helping children

As part of the Missio family, Mission Together (MT) provides essentials like healthcare and education, for the world’s poorest children. We do this regardless of background or belief. Mission Together encourages children in England and Wales to pray and fundraise for vulnerable children around the world. We call it ‘children helping children’.

As Holy Communion and Confirmation preparations gather pace in parishes across the country, we’d like to share the inspiring gesture made last June by the children of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gregory the Great, Salford.

The gift of giving

On the occasion of their First Holy Communion, these children chose not to receive gifts. Instead they asked family and friends to donate to Mission Together. Their generosity raised over £350 for children living in impoverished Church communities overseas. What a moving parallel with the efforts of a similarly open-handed young man from the Gospel of St John:

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

We all know how this story ends. But it’s not really ended. As children helping children shows, the spirit of the Gospel is alive and well.

Please remember Mission Together in your parish celebrations this year, giving witness to mission and communion with the universal body of Christ.

For further information, please contact the Mission Together team at or speak to a member of the team via Missio’s general office 020 7821 9755.