Commissioning Service

JMA Commissioning Service 2023/2024

JMA Commissioning Service 2023 - Suggested Bible reading
“With unflagging zeal, aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (Revised English Bible, REB).

JMA Commissioning Service 2023 - Suggested hymns and worship songs
263 Singing the Faith (StF)  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest
338 StF There is a Redeemer
395 StF Spirit of the living God, fall afresh one me
397 StF The spirit lives to set us free
398 StF There’s a spirit in the air
407 StF Hear the call of the Kingdom

See also Singing the Faith Plus and Special Sundays.

JMA Commissioning Service 2023 - Suggested prayers 
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Theme for the JMA Commissioning Service for 2023/2024
The theme for 2023/2024 is ‘Radiate’, based on “With unflagging zeal, aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (Revised English Bible, REB).

When we glow with the Spirit, we radiate God’s love to all.

We want to help children and young people ‘radiate’ their passion for global issues. The JMA Commissioning Service online content hopes to help young people be empowered and enthused to advocate for global mission. The JMA resources aim to help them engage and express their ideas, thoughts and opinions on global issues, and to educate about the work of the Methodist Church in Britain and Methodist Church in Ireland.

You can find helpful worship song suggestions, prayers and Bible readings for your Commissioning Service on the theme ‘Radiate’ on this page. 

The suggested worship songs, prayers and Bible readings encourage us to ‘radiate’ as we live this out as part of our ‘Caring for ourselves and people around us’ (A Methodist Way of Life commitment).

What is the JMA Commissioning Service? 
The JMA Commissioning Service provides an opportunity to acknowledge the particular contribution of JMA groups and for wider reflection on how we share in God’s mission for the sake of the world.

The service usually takes place during an act of worship. Certificates and badges can be presented or sent to JMA collectors, while also acknowledging the work of the JMA secretary and celebrating the work that all their fundraising enables.

Certificates, service and prayer cards can be downloaded below, including large print versions. JMA resources are also available to order from Methodist Publishing. All items are free.

Extra resources:

Sign language is used by many deaf people to communicate. It’s a rich combination of hand gestures, facial expressions and body language.

Try out some greetings in sign language with your friends. Could you greet deaf visitors to your church or JMA group using sign language? It’s bound to make them feel special that you’ve taken the time to learn BSL and speak in their language!

Why not get your group to try and say the Lord’s Prayer in sign language:


Video courtesy of Heathcote Parish Church, Warwick.

- BSL A to Z alphabet (right-handed)
- BSL A to Z alphabet (left-handed)
- BSL general greetings

BSL charts courtesy of British Sign Language


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*Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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