Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Young church – Sunday 23rd May

The reading this week is  Acts 2.1-21 , click to read it.

A prayer of praise for children

Holy Spirit, open our lips
and help us sing God’s praise.
Let our song be alleluia.
Alleluia. Amen.

This week, I would like you to think about the way things will be coming out of this lock down we have been in. Can you do anything to make things easier for your friends or family? Can they make things easier for you?

We all need to look after each other in times like this.

CLICK HERE for the children’s activity sheet this week.

A sending out prayer for children

Holy Spirit, stir us up
to see things we haven’t seen before,
to hear things we haven’t heard before,
and to feel things we haven’t felt before.
Amen.

Young church – Sunday 9th April

The reading this week is John 15.9-17.

A gathering prayer for children

We meet in the name of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
who chose us for his friends.
Amen

This week, I would like you to think about what makes a good friend to you. Is it their attitude you like? The way they look? The way they act?

Do they help you? What makes your friends so good? On a piece of paper, create a colourful bubble map of all the attributes of friendship it is that you like, or need.

CLICK HERE for the children’s activity sheet this week.

A prayer of thanksgiving for children

We thank you, God,
that today and every day
you sing a song of love over the world you created.
Thank you for the love of friends and family.
Thank you that we can share love with others.
Amen.

Young church – Sunday 2nd May

The reading this week is John 15.1-8 , click on the reading to read.

A gathering prayer for children

Jesus, you are the vine
Stand up straight and tall.
and we are the branches.
Hold arms out wide.
Thank you that we are connected
to you and to each other,
Hold hands with a partner.
rooted and grounded in love. Amen. 

This week, I would like you all to draw a picture of a tree, and on the tree to draw loads of your favourite fruits. Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, grapes. Whatever your favourite fruits are, draw them on the tree. In these fruits, I would like you to write things you need to be thankful to God for.

‘ I am thankful for my friends and family’.

‘I am thankful to have a nice house and comfy bed to sleep in’.

‘I am thankful that I have nice food to eat every day’.

We should be thankful for everything we have. While writing these things, think about the people who do not have everything that we have. We are so lucky, and so loved by so many people.

CLICK HERE for the children’s activity sheet for this week.

A sending out prayer for children

Jesus, you are the vine
Stand up straight and tall.
and we are the branches.
Hold arms out wide.
Help us this week to be connected
Hold hands with a partner.
by your love for us, and our love for each another.
Amen.

Young church – Sunday 25th of April

The reading for this week is John 10:11-18.

This week, I would like you to think about the image of Jesus, and what characteristics you think he portrays. Draw on a blank piece of paper, a picture of how you imagine Jesus to look. Then around this picture, write good things about Jesus, and how He always wanted to help everyone else.

A prayer of thanksgiving (Gather).

Thank you, Jesus, that we are your sheep;
that you care for us – awake or asleep;
that you know us as we grow day by day;
and for watching over us in work, rest and play.
Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s sheet this week.

A prayer for others (for children)

Response after each bidding:
Help us to follow the ‘good shepherd’.

Lord, when we feel lost and confused…
When we are tired by caring for others…
When we’re tempted by the wolves…
When we’re enjoying good pasture and rest…
Send us out to be faithful sheep and…
Amen.

Young church – Sunday 18th April

The reading for this week is Luke 24.36b-48.

This week, I would like us to think about your emotions, and why we feel the way we do. I would like you to draw a sunshine on one side of a piece of paper, and a cloud and rain on the other side. On the sun side, I would like you to write good emotions you have felt, for example, happy, excited, and anything else like this. On the side with the cloud and the rain, I would like you to write words that aren’t the happiest words, for example, tired, sad, upset, nervous.

What has made you feel these emotions, and what can we do to stop the bad ones?

A prayer (for children)

We come from different homes
and different places,
but we come together
to learn more about you, Jesus.
Open our minds Lord, we pray. Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s activity sheet.

Young church- Sunday 11th April

The reading this week is John 20.19-31.

This week, I would like you to all think about what you believe and why? Do you believe your teacher is the best teacher ever? Why? Do you believe that a certain programme on TV is the best programme? If so, why?

A prayer for forgiveness (for children)

Jesus, sometimes we are like Thomas,
We want more evidence before we believe in you.
We are sorry when we don’t believe your Word
or those who share your good news with us.
Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s sheet this week.

A prayer for others (for children)

God of truth:
For those who doubt: give them certainty.
For those in darkness: give them light.
For those who need to see: give them living proof.
Amen.

Young church – Sunday 4th of April

Its Easter day!! Therefore, the reading for today is John 20.1-18. Jesus is ALIVE. Easter Sunday gives the opportunity to reach out to people. This week, I would like you to ring or speak to a family member or friend , who you wouldn’t speak to every day. Reach out, make them smile. If you can’t do this, or would like something else to do too… I would like you to write a prayer to your family and friends. A prayer of thanksgiving. A prayer of love. A prayer of hope.

If you have time, also listen to this Easter Sea Shanty song, (click here), and think about your prayer in your head.

A prayer of thanksgiving

The stone is rolled away: Alleluia! Alleluia!
The tomb is empty…Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus is alive…Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus is here…Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s sheet this week.

When is Easter This Year? 2021 Date for Easter Sunday
God is ALIVE.

Young church- Friday 2nd April

Today is Good Friday, meaning the day that Jesus died for us on the cross. This is the day when He chose to sacrifice Himself, for all of our sins. Because of this, today I would like you all to think about what you can do for somebody else. This can be as simple as holding a door open for your family member, or even smiling at someone else. Anything you can do to make someone else happy.

Let us pray.

Dear God,

We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

Thank you, Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered and that your Power is everlasting.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

What Is Good Friday and What Does It Mean to Christians?

Young church- Sunday 21st of March

This week, is week 5 in lent. The reading for this week is John 12.20-33, and the main focus I would like you all to think about, it how we can make other people feel welcome. What can you do this week, in order to make someone else feel involved and welcome to you? Can you make people smile by talking to them when you wouldn’t usually? Can you help someone with something when they are struggling?

A prayer for children

Whether our name begins with A, M or C
Jesus welcomes us if we’re 14 or we’re three.
Thank you, Jesus,
for welcoming us today.
Help us love you more as we listen, talk and pray.
Amen. (Taken from roots on the web).

CLICK HERE for the children’s sheet this week.

Make sure to keep a smile this week, be happy, make everyone else as happy as you can!!

Young church – Sunday 14th of March

Mothers day 2021.

Today is mothers day, meaning a day to celebrate your mum, or grandparent. In order to celebrate mothers day, I would like you to compliment or treat your mum, or anyone else you would like to treat. Any compliment is good, or even just do something that you wouldn’t usually do. An example, would be making your bed without being told to, making a cup of tea (if you’re allowed to do this), or just saying thank you to her.

The reading for this week is John 3.14-21.

A gathering prayer for children

Loving God,
help us together to discover more about your love today.
Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s sheet this week.

A sending out prayer for children

Jesus,
help us to trust you
as we take your love out into the world.
Amen.

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