Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Young Church- Sunday 17th of January

This week, I would like you to think about how you can be the best friend to someone possible. What do you like about your best friend, and do you do that thing back to them? You could like how kind they are to you, so are you kind back to them? The saying ‘Treat others how you want to be treated’, is something that I think everyone needs to remember.

So, I would like you to get creative, and create a mindmap/Bubble map, about friendship. In the bubble, you will write ‘Treat others how you want to be treated’, and then around it, is everything you can do to be the best friend possible. These could include smiling at your friend, being kind, being helpful, or anything else you can think of. Think of aspects Jesus had, and how you can link them to yourself.

The Bible reading for this week is John 1.43-51. Click on the Bible reading to read it on Bible Gateway.

A prayer of praise and thanksgiving for children

We praise you, Lord Jesus, that we have your church to come to:
Hooray!
That we can see your love in the lives of others:
Hooray!
That we can hear your words in the Bible and be encouraged:
Hooray!
Amen. (Taken from roots on the web).

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Young church – Sunday 10th January

Happy new year everyone! Lets make 2021 better than last year.

As it is the new year, I would like you to think about things you could do to make this year the best year so far. Obviously covid is still a thing… so what can you do to make this year great for everyone. This could be helping your parents by tidying your room, or phoning a family member or neighbour to stop them from being lonely. It could be a goal for yourself too. Less time on your phone or games, read more books than last year, get school work done earlier. Literally anything!! Set yourself a goal for 2021, and try to stick to it.

A prayer of praise and thanksgiving for children

Loving God,
we thank you for John the Baptist
whose voice spoke truth;
for the voice at Jesus’ baptism
which spoke of delight;
and for Jesus himself
whose voice calls us to follow him to new beginnings.
Amen.

If you get the chance, read Mark 1.4-11 , to see the Bible reading for this week.

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Young church – Sunday 8th November

A gathering prayer for children

God, help us to bring
our whole selves to you:
our joys and our sorrows,
our hopes and our regrets,
knowing that you love all of us,
just as you love us all. Amen. (Taken from roots on the web).

This Wednesday, the 11th of November, is remembrance day. This means that on this day, we remember all of the soldiers who died for us during the first world war. It also marks the ending of the first world war, 11th of November 1918, at 11am. Just like the soldiers did, Jesus died for us on the cross. This week, I would like you to think about those who have died for us. Maybe ask your family and see if anyone known in your family was in a war, and died for our country. Once you have a person in mind, who can just be soldiers in general if you dont know a specific one, say a little prayer of thankfulness to that person.

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Young church – Sunday 1st November

A gathering prayer for children

Dear God,
you lead each of us
on our path through life.
Today our paths meet
at this moment, in this place.
Bring us together to worship you.
Amen.

This week, I would like you to be creative. Draw around your hand, and in the centre of the palm, draw your name. Decorate the hand and your name however you think best fits your personality. On your thumb, I would like you to think about something that brings you closer to your family. This could be a film night, or a shared enjoyment. On your 2nd finger, please write a postive thing about yourself, eg: confident, or kind. On your 3rd finger, write something you wish you had, eg: confidence. On your 4th finger, please write something you think God looks for in a follower of him. Finally, on your little finger, write why you love God. This could be any reason at all, eg: He loves us, He is kind, He looks out for us, He listens to us.

God loves each and every one of us for our own special ways and different personalities. We cannot do wrong in Gods eyes.

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Young church – Sunday 25th October

A gathering prayer for children

Lord God, we thank you for the super people around us.

Lord God, we thank you for the super people around us. Help us to imitate them, and grow to be the people you want us to be. Amen. (taken from roots on the web).

This week, I would like you to think about your heroes. Think about one person in particular who really inspires you to do better. What characteristics does this person have that makes them your hero? Did Jesus show the same characteristics? He is a hero to so many people, so what is it that makes him an inspiration?

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Young church – Sunday 18th October

A gathering prayer for children

Lord God, we thank you for the super people around us.

Lord God, we thank you for the super people around us. Help us to imitate them, and grow to be the people you want us to be. Amen. (Taken from roots on the web).

This week, I would like you to think about your family. We are all incredibly lucky to have a family who support us, and are there for us no matter what. Many people, however, do not have this. They have been alone during the coronavirus, and over the coming months, they will still be alone.

While we eat christmas dinner, with family, people will be alone. While we sit with family on a night, plenty of people will be alone.

So, I would like you to write a couple of compliments for each member of your family, and give them to them. This can make their day, and also show you are grateful for them.

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Young church – Sunday 11th October

A gathering prayer for children

We can’t learn to read or write without books and pens.

Your first task is as you read this prayer, come up with appropriate actions for each sentence.

Dear Lord,
we can’t learn to read or write
without books and pens.
We can’t learn to dance
without a teacher.
We can’t learn football
without a coach.
We can’t learn to love
without someone
showing us the way.
Jesus, thank you so much
for always being there,
whatever we are doing. Amen. (Prayer taken from roots on the web)

This week, I would like you to think about those without a home or a family in the current climate, so are less fortunate than we are. We are very lucky to be able to wake up in a comfy bed, to a caring family, have food and water every day, and live in a home. Not everybody has it this easy, and as it gets colder, these people start to suffer even more. To make it worse, covid is making it harder for them to get any food, or shelter without putting themselves and others at risk.

Due to this, I would like you all to think about things you are grateful for, and try to write a short prayer to say thank you for these things you have. An example could be,
Thank you God for my friends and family.
Thank you God for my food and water.
Thank you God for my comfy bed and shelter.

CLICK HERE for the children’s roots sheet.

Young church – Sunday 4th October

A gathering prayer for children

Dear God,
we have many goals in our life:
to pass our exams,
get a good job,
be like our favourite celebrity,
have nice things.
But we know that
having you in our lives
is the only true goal.
Help us to see our lives as you do.
Amen. (Prayer taken from roots on the web)

This week, as covid 19 continues, I would like us to think about the Bible reading Philippians 3: 13-14. If you have a Bible near you, please read this reading before we continue. If not, the reading says about struggling for what is ahead. Because of this, I would like you to think about things you could be struggling with at the minute, and how you can resolve that problem. This could simply be struggling to keep your bedroom tidy, or something harder such as struggling with a topic at school.

How can you fix or resolve this problem? Will it require someone else to help you to solve it?

Click here the children’s sheet for this week.

Young church – Sunday 27th September

A gathering prayer for children

Lord Jesus, you were always so interested
in the lives of those around you.
Please help us to learn to be willing
to share ourselves with others;
to accept their differences
with love for them in our hearts.
Amen. ( Prayer taken from roots)

This week, I would like you all to think about what you could do to help someone this week. Due to the current climate of the world, some people are finding things a lot harder than usual.

God is always there to help and guide us through our life, however what can you do this week to help or guide someone else? This could be as simple as smiling at someone, helping a family member with someone, or ringing someone just to check up on them.

What can you do to make someone else smile this week?

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Sunday 20th September

Education / Sunday School | Milton United Methodist Church | Bible  lessons for kids, Sunday school preschool, Five finger prayer

This week, as the new local lock down starts, I would like everyone to have a think about those who need praying for.

Firstly, think about those who are closest to you. Your family, who you are in isolation with, but also your wider family who you can’t always see at the minute.

Then, think about those who have a role in society. So this could be police, teachers, anyone else in authority.

Next, think about our leaders. Those deciding what can be done to keep us all safe, playing a big role in society today.

Now, think about those who are weak. This can be those who are alone, or who have COVID. It can also be people who have to work to keep people safe, or cant work to keep them self safe.

Finally, think about yourself. What have you done through lock down, and what else can you do with the rest of the lock down period.

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