SPRED (SPecial REligious Development) is an international programme which was developed in the 1960’s in Europe and was first introduced into our Archdiocese in 1997.
The mission of SPRED is:
- to form small communities of faith in parishes to welcome children and adults with learning disabilities
- to provide an appropriate method of catechesis
- to foster full inclusion in assemblies of worship
There are approximately a dozen parishioners involved in SPRED either as a catechist, a friend or a driver in the parish group or one of the groups in the SPRED centre in George Square. We meet fortnightly in St Kentigern’s Church on Monday evenings between September and June. Our meetings last from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm and our group is for children from ages 11 to 16 years. Members of a SPRED group are referred to as ‘friends’. We currently have 10 members: four friends from age 9 to 14 years, three catechists, an activity catechist and a leader catechist.
St Kentigern’s is a Parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, registered charity No. SCO08540