Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

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 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 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.

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God is ALIVE.
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