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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 Winter 2016 'Newslink' Magazine)



Rector’s Letter

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Rector’s Letter

Dear friends

For the past two years Debenhams have had as their slogan for their Christmas advertising campaign ‘Found It!’. The idea is that when you go into Debenhams, you will find the Christmas present for which you have been looking.

Christmas is a season of seeking. People are seeking for the perfect gift , seeking for the perfect outfit to a end parties, seeking for the ‘feel good factor’ of Christmas. The reality often is that we don’t find what we are looking for. The present which we thought would be perfect, turns out the person ends up getting two of it; the perfect outfit rips at the party and the ‘feel good factor of Christmas’ is often elusive as we wake up frazzled on Boxing Day!

The problem with looking for ‘it’- whatever ‘it’ is at Christmas, is that ‘it’ will never reach the mark. That is what happens when we search for things to bring us what we think we need or want. What we really need to do, is to find Him - to find the person of Jesus in the midst of all that constitutes this time of year. He has been lost in the tinsel, hidden in the pile of presents, pushed to the side like the Brussel sprouts on the dinner plate. We need to find Him again! Give Him , His rightful place.

In the Christmas story we meet lots of people who were willing to seek for Jesus. The shepherds travelled to see Him, the wise men did likewise and even King Herod wanted this baby found, so the threat of Him could be removed. I know that when we seek Him today, we will find Him in the places we least expect for He was born a King, yet resided in a dirty manger, entering into the mess that was part and parcel of our lives. This is where we will still find Him. He is right in the middle of whatever chaotic or messy situations we are in just now. He is Emmanuel - He is God with us: God with us in our pain, in our sorrow, in our joy and in our waiting. We need to ‘find HIM’ for He is seeking for us and wants us to have that personal relationship with Him.

Can I encourage each of us at the start of this busy season to take some time to ‘find HIM’? Take time each day to meet with Him, read His Word and pray about the day. Whenever we do that, we can ‘find Him’ in whatever we have to face that day.

As we then move into the New Year, can we continue to ‘find Him’. The slogan for Epiphany, the arrival of the wise men often reads ‘wise men seek Jesus and they still do.’ Whatever hopes and dreams we may have for the New Year, we would do well to look for Jesus and place Him at the centre of them all. God bless you all as you ‘find HIM’ and celebrate His birth this Christmas.

Love

Joanne

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Car Boot Sale & Coffee Morning

Saturday 3rd December

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Car Boot Sale & Coffee Morning

Saturday 3rd December 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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Christmas Dinner for Senior Citizens

Saturday 10 December at 1.00pm in the Parish Centre

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Christmas Dinner for Senior Citizens

All parishioners who are senior citizens are invited to attend. Entertainment will be provided after the meal. We look forward to seeing you!

If you wish to attend pease advise Joanne by Monday 28 November so that catering arrangements can be Finalised

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Christmas and New Year Services

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Christmas and New Year Services

Sunday 18 December

10.00am Christmas Celebration - Parish Centre

6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Church

(Light Refreshments will be served in The Bateman Suite following the service)

Christmas Eve – Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

11.30pm Christmas Communion - Church

Christmas Day - Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

9.00am Christmas Communion - Church

10.00am Christmas Celebration - Parish Centre

Children with their toys/presents especially welcome

Saturday 31 December - Celebrate the New Year

11.30pm ‘Old and New’ - Church.

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The Link

Christmas Party - Tuesday 20 December

Sports Night - Tuesday 24 January

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The Link

Christmas Party - Tuesday 20 December 7.30pm

Sports Night - Tuesday 24 January

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

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Womans Guild

'MAF Jan Corrie'

Tuesday 24 January @ 8pm in the Parish Centre

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Womans Guild - 'MAF Jan Corrie'

Tuesday 24 January @ 8pm in the Parish Centre

Come along and learn some new skills with flower arranging, have a chat and a cuppa together.

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