Faith in Action
The Mini Vinnies
What are the Mini Vinnies?
Mini Vinnies is a St Vincent de Paul group in primary school. It is a group of young people who get together once a week to organise and talk about helping others in need within their school community and beyond.
Mini Vinnies' are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible 'Vincentians for life'. As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own 'treasured' Prayer, Pledge and Badge. This year, at St Augustine's, the Mini Vinnies have been very busy helping around school, making food parcels at a local food bank and even singing to residents in a local Care home.
Before becoming a Mini Vinnie, the children must first make ‘The Mini Vinnie Pledge’ in which they promise to fulfil their fundraising and value sharing commitments.
As a member of Mini Vinnies, I promise to make a difference to my world by:
-Caring for, respecting and loving myself
-Strengthening my friendship with Jesus by talking to him each day and talking to other about him
-Caring for others in my school and community by being a friend to those who are alone, in need or in trouble
-Making my family happy by my help, respect and showing kindness and consideration
-Caring for and enjoying God's world
-Treating others the way I would like them to treat me
A special prayer has also been written for the Mini Vinnies to help them on their journeys.
Lord, thank you for our gifts and talents.
Lord, show us who needs our help.
Lord, use our hands to help those who are hungry.
Lord, open our hearts to love and comfort those who are sad and lonely.
Lord, let us share our time, gifts and talents with those in need.
Lord, help us to care for the sick.
Lord, may we all help and support each other as Mini Vinnies to build a better world. Amen.
If you would like to find out more about Minnie Vinnies, you can visit the Minnie Vinnie website by clicking the link below.