A church for all in the heart of the city
Young Church meets weekly in the Upper Room at Wesley during the morning service. It has dedicated teachers and helpers working on a two month rota.
Our teaching plans are drawn from programmes set out in ROOTS for Children and Young People, a publication produced from a joint Churches’ initiative supported by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The programme is issued every two months. The book sets out weekly planning sessions for ages 4 years to 14 years. Most of the ROOTS material is from the New Testament but occasionally there are readings from the Old Testament. We mostly follow ROOTS because it is based on the Lectionary and usually ties in with the service taking place in church during our lessons. However, we do sometimes have a flexible approach. Each week ROOTS suggests suitable ideas on music, prayers, bible study, games and art activities.
On major festival days like Advent Sunday, Mothering Sunday or Easter Sunday, instead of going to the Upper Room, we have an activity table in the church where children can make cards, flowers or simply paint or draw, but at the same time listen to the service. Sometimes we have an All-age service where the children stay in church and take a small part in the service. Every first Sunday in the month there is a communion service. On these Sundays the children spend a shorter time in the Upper Room, and come down to sit with their parents or guardians for the service of communion. On 30th March this year, Mothering Sunday, in the morning service, the Young Church helped the stewards to give out flowers to all the members of the congregation.
Our aim in all our work and planning is to teach
young people the love of God and to endeavour to use his teachings in all they
do in their lives.