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Welcome to St John's Parish, Moira

On this website you will find information about our church community and the activities and events in which we are involved. We hope that you’ll not only explore the website but that you’ll come and experience the life of our church for yourself. We hope you enjoy our website and find it informative and helpful. Our church community is growing, developing and welcomes people of all ages and all backgrounds

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Whatever your age, circumstances or background and where ever you are on your spiritual journey – whether you are just beginning to consider Christianity, or whether you already have a personal relationship with Jesus – we would like to help you take the next step

Our Sunday Services cater for both for traditional and contemporary tastes in worship.

NEWS & EVENTS   (DOWNLOAD March 2017 'Newslink' Magazine)



Rector’s Letter

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Rector’s Letter

Dear friends

Somebody asked a Christian friend why he was eating doughnuts, when he had given them up for Lent! He answered, ‘at the bakers I told God, that if He wanted me to buy doughnuts, He should provide a parking space in front. On the eighth time around, there it was!’ Rather than seeing Lent simply as a time to give things up, let’s use it inten onally for self-examina on, reading Scripture, fas ng and prayer. It is on the last two of these that I would like to focus this month. Why would we fast? Why would we pray?

Fasting means total abstinence from food, not water; it is a godly inconvenience we impose on ourselves when we are trying to get God’s attention and we want to see Him at work. Fasting is not an end in itself; it is the means that God sometimes honours when our motive is to get Him to reveal His glory and take notice of our plight.

We fast from eating food because it is a way of depriving ourselves of something we enjoy. Fasting need not however be limited to food; it could be abstinence from anything that is legitimate - sleep, reading, good television, entertainment or whatever is very important to us. We are giving up something enjoyable as evidence of how earnest we are to hear from God and show we need His blessing.

Private fasting for spiritual reasons pleases God if He is the only one who knows about it. The Pharisees got no satisfaction from fasting if people did not know they were fasting—as Jesus said ‘everything they do is done for men to see (Matthew 23:5). Jesus therefore counsels us to hide the fact that we are fasting - to let nobody but God know. God wants us to fast and pray if our only motive is to seek his face. It is not to impress God that we are righteous.

There is however never a guarantee that fasting will achieve what we want. If fasting always worked, people would fast all the time! God is sovereign and He will have mercy upon whom He wants to have mercy (Exodus 33:19). The simple thing is that Jesus commanded it—he did not say—’if you fast’, he said ‘when you fast’ - He expects us to do it.

What should we do when we are fasting? We should pray and read God’s Word all that we can. God will speak to us as we speak to Him. Can I therefore encourage us to spend some time this Lent fasting and praying and it is my prayer that as we do, God will meet us in special ways in the coming weeks and beyond.

Love

Joanne

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Car Boot Sale & Coffee Morning

Saturday 4th March

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Car Boot Sale & Coffee Morning

Saturday 4th March at 9am

This event is held on the first Saturday of each month at St John's Parish Centre

Cars £5 and Vans £10

£6 for an indoor table

Contact the office or Ken Little for further details

If you don’t have stuff to sell why not drop in and see what’s on the stalls and have some coffee/tea/fresh scones/buns.

If you have any items which you would like to donate to the ‘Mission Stall’ please contact the Parish Office.

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The Link

Mission Aviation Fellowship - Tuesday 28 March

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The Link

Mission Aviation Fellowship - Tuesday 28 March 7.30pm

All men are welcome to come along and enjoy a bit of banter with each other

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Short-term Mission Trip Funding

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Short-term Mission Trip Funding

This year we will be asking those who are seeking financial support from the Mission Trip Fund to apply to the vestry in writing before 17 March.

Please email your application to

joanne@moiraparish.org.uk

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Prayer Breakfast Saturday 11 March


Prayer Breakfast

Prayer Breakfast Saturday 11 March @ 8 am at the Rectory

Join us as we pray and have some breakfast together.

You do not have to pray out loud but we can all say ‘Amen’ to those who do.

If you have never been, why not come

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Ash Wednesday Service


Ash Wednesday Service

Due to the special visit of the Abaana Choir in the evening, we will be holding our Ash Wednesday Service at Noon on Wednesday 1 March in the Parish Church.

This service will be followed by a bite of lunch in the Bateman Suite.

All Welcome.

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