We call our junior church or sunday school, 'New Generation'. All the children and young people join in the church service at 10:45am and leave for 'New Generation' after the second hymn.
We all meet together, first, to hear each other's news and singing Happy Birthday when the occasion arises. Then we talk about forthcoming events and activities. We take a collection and, from time to time, the members decide to which cause they would like to dedicate it.
Then we usually go to our age-group classes - G 1 (for ages 3 to 6+); G2 ( for ages 6+ to 9+) and G3 (for age 10+) . We have teams of teachers for each age-group who work on a 'one month on - one month off' basis. It's here that we hear, or act out, stories, draw, make models, have discussions, and play games.
From time to time we stay together and practise for special services or performances, such as our annual Christmas Nativity.
We aim to make every child or young person feel important and distinctive, and to make everything we do as fun and enjoyable as possible. The content does, in time, become increasingly serious as we try to help members gain a religious perspective, develop a personal relationship with God and establish their own faith - but we never force matters.
Our young people have the benefit of two streams of provision. We have teamed up with PAIS, an international, ecumenical youth organisation, which sends out teams of students, often on 'gap' years, to work with young people in local areas. Our church has been the base for the Glossopdale team for the last six years. The team works in schools with Glossopdale young people and runs a theatre group based in our church hall, which has a stage. Our own young people develop their faith in the company of similar fun-loving, but serious-minded, young people from other denominations and other Methodist Churches in the local circuit.
It's the local Methodist Church Circuit that provides the other stream of activity, which the young people decided to call 'Distinct'. Every first Sunday of the month, all the young people of the Circuit meet alternately at Central, Hollingworth, and Hadfield Methodist churches - for a range of social and discussion events, usually culminating in food!
In between, there's a flexible range at meetings. Central's own young people have recently started a group called 'Evolution'. Here games of table tennis, table football and pool are followed by Bible study, discussion and food.
Details of all our services can be found on the Preaching Plan. Please click here for further information.