Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Easter Prayers

Bible Reading – John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” this could be split into two voices (or groups of voices) as indicated with red and blue above, one sort of echoing the other

Prayers – in similar fashion

We praise God for raising Jesus from the dead:    glory to God this joyful Easter time. 

As we see spring flowers bloom with life:
    glory to God this joyful Easter time. 

As we watch lambs in the fields:
    glory to God this joyful Easter time. 

As we eat our Easter eggs:
    glory to God this joyful Easter time.

For love to share with one another, today and every day: glory to God this joyful Easter time. Amen.

District Youth and Children’s info

Courageous Film

The District team are making a film to capture the prophetic voice of young people from around the District. We would therefore like young people to choose one of the attached prompt questions and record themselves answering it. They can send this as a voice recording or a video, but please note that if they send a video only the audio will be used, and all submissions will be kept anonymous. They will need to send the recording with the relevant permission form to Liddy Buswell

We’re also aware that some people might want to submit a comment without recording it themselves – if this is the case, you can fill in this google form and your comment will be voiced by someone else.

Logo Competition

As we start to plan for Courageous Day 2022, we are excited to announce that the District is holding a competition for young people to design a logo for Courageous Day! Be as creative as you like and think about what being courageous means to you! Please send your completed designs to Liddy Buswell.

The District team will shortlist the designs and the winning design will be voted on at the Courageous Hour on July 4th (see below!).

Courageous Hour • Reflect, Celebrate, Act 

Sunday 4th July, 6pm

As a follow-on from Courageous Day we are holding a Courageous Hour on Zoom. This will be a time for children, young people, leaders and parents to reflect on the time since Courageous Day, celebrate what God is doing in our lives, and act on what God is calling us to. There will be an opportunity for 16+ year olds to hear about the Courageous Programme starting in September, and for everyone to vote on the winner of the logo competition. We hope it will be a fruitful and empowering time.

You don’t need to have been to Courageous Day to come along to this event!

Please register for the Courageous Hour through this link

or get in touch with Vanessa as you did for Courageous Day if you prefer

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.

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…

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.

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.

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!

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,


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!!

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