St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15



LENT is often a time for giving up things (see the information on Fasting below). It can also be a time to take up something new. How about:

  • Spending a bit more time praying....
  • Giving Bible in a Year or further into the Bible (Wednesday evenings) a try during Lent.....
  • Putting aside some time, or some money, for a local charity.....

TIME TO FAST AND PRAY THROUGH LENT

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?"

Jesus spent some time fasting during his ministry on earth. and He encouraged his disciples to do the same. Lent is an opportunity for us to follow in his footsteps as we live out our faith journeys.

Fasting and prayer is a spiritual discipline we need to learn to draw ourselves closer in fellowship to God and to do His will in the world. Fasting and prayer also helps strengthen our faith and brings the church together as we share this experience as a community of faith.

This year the Lent period of fasting and prayer begins on the 6th of March (Ash Wednesday) and ends on 14th April 2019 (Palm Sunday), and you may want to choose some times when you fast and pray during this Lenten period - perhaps skipping one meal or a half day or a full 12 hours.

At St John's there will be extra times of prayer every Friday between 8pm and 9:30pm (Volunteers will be needed to assist in welcoming). All are welcome join in.

Please contact Rev Robert Otule for further information.

CHRISTIANS IN ACTION
Continuing our studies in Acts

SUNDAY MORNING TEACHING LENT 2019

Sunday 11am at St John's

We have a great deal to learn from the example of the early Christians in Action, as shown in the book of Acts. The book of Acts is actually volume 2 of Luke's gospel. In the gospel Luke tells us about Jesus teaching and ministry; in Acts he tells us how the Good News about Jesus spread from Jerusalem to Rome - the centre of the ancient world.

In Acts we see the beginning of the church, inspired and led by God's Spirit, and part of God's plan of salvation. We see a growing church, a vigorous and vital church, and a church which deals with problems and questions.

March 10 - CHRISTIANS IN ACTION - The work of the Spirit in Acts
Acts 13:1-12, Acts 19:1-7
We will also refer more widely to the work of the Spirit in Acts

March 17 - CHRISTIANS IN ACTION - Jews and Gentiles together
Acts 15:1-21, John 3:16-21

March 24 - Jesus begins his Ministry
Temptation: Luke 4:1-13
Rejection: Luke 4:14-30
The First Disciples: Luke 5:1-11

March 31 - MOTHERING SUNDAY
A special service led by the Women's Group, with guest preacher Cheryl Ramballi

April 07 - CHRISTIANS IN ACTION - ROME AT LAST!
Acts 23:9-11, Acts 25:10-12, Acts 28:11-31, John 14:12-14

APRIL 14 - PALM SUNDAY

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SUNDAY 18:30 AT ST JOHN'S
Worship, Prayer, Praise, Bible Teaching, Cake, Hot Chocolate, New Friends.

RADICAL LIVING - Studies in The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount gives us a radical idea of the way Christians should live. It is radical because it challenges all our assumptions and calls us to think afresh; John Stott called it "A Christian Counter-Culture", because it seems to turn accepted norms upside down. This is deliberate; Jesus gave this teaching, towards the beginning of his ministry, to set out the standards of the Kingdom he came to bring. Scholars are divided over whether or not he expected us to keep to these standards, or whether they are set out to remind us how much we need the grace of Jesus in our lives. Whatever the answer, the Sermon on the Mount is a good preparation for Holy Week and Easter, because it helps us realise that Jesus does live up to the challenges he presents.

MARCH 10 - RADICAL LIVING - Will the meek really inherit the earth?
1 Peter 3:13-18, Matthew 5:1-16

MARCH 17 - RADICAL LIVING - Can I look if I don't touch?
Ephesians 4:17-32, Matthew 5:17-30

MARCH 24 - RADICAL LIVING - Why do I have to love my enemies?
Deuteronomy 25:17-19, Matthew 5:31-48

MARCH 31 - RADICAL LIVING - Why does everything have to be a secret?
Isaiah 58:1-14, Matthew 6:1-18

APRIL 07 - RADICAL LIVING - Why can't I serve God and money?
Deuteronomy 8:6-18, Matthew 6:19-34

APRIL 14 - RADICAL LIVING - Firm Foundations
Romans 14:1-13, Matthew 7: 1-29

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TUESDAY LUNCHTIME 1:10pm - a fast 20 minute service

TAKE UP YOUR CROSS

Lent is traditionally a time for giving up things that are offensive to God - but the other side of this is to take up things that are pleasing to God. This latter theme of picking up new things for God would be an interesting theme to tackle.

March 12 - Take up your Cross: Set your thoughts on things above
Philippians 4:4-9 (also refer to Colossians 3:2f )

March 19 - Take up your Cross: God's heartbeat - Compassion for the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11

March 26 - Take up your Cross: Creation's Stewards - Respect for God's earth
Genesis 1:26-31

April 02 - Take up your Cross: Having an impact - Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-20

April 09 - Take up your Cross: Putting Him first - the life of discipleship
Luke 9:21-26

April 16 - Take up your Cross: Following the Master. (Holy Week)
Mark 8:27-33

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BIBLE IN A YEAR
Wednesdays 7:45-9:30pm at St John's
Beginning Wednesday 9th January 2019

Bible in a year was piloted at St John's during 2018. The study material was compiled by Nick, with support from Dave

We aim to study every book of the Bible in 43 weeks using a mixture of:
  • Introductory teaching from the front,
  • small group discussions,
  • interactive bible studies and quizzes
  • handouts, and resources for further study.
  • We use the Lion Hand book to the Bible (about £17) as a basic course book.
  • There is no written work, and the course is offered free of charge.
By the end of the 2019, those who do the whole course should have an acquaintance with every book of the Bible, and be more confident in applying the bible to their lives.

It would be great if people did the whole course, but, if that is not possible, you could join in for the bits that interest you, or the weeks you are able to do.



THURSDAY LUNCHTIME
12:40pm Holy Communion.

FROM CORINTH TO STRATFORD

THURSDAY LUNCHTIME TEACHING LENT 2019

Corinth was a seaport, a cosmopolitan trading city, and a centre for depraved and disgusting idol worship. Being a Christian in Corinth was a challenge, and the letters to the Corinthians have a great deal to teach us today.

In an inner-city situation with much immorality, a high crime rate, and many different philosophies and religions, Paul managed to build a Church which grew quickly and became strong in Word and Spirit; what an encouragement for Inner-City Christians today! Paul stayed at Corinth to build up the church for about 18 months. (See Acts 18, for the full story.)

There were, however, problems in Corinth. The Church existed amongst incredible immorality and evil, and Christians found it hard to completely let go of the ways of the world. When Paul heard about the problems he immediately wrote to the Church. The key verse, underlying our understanding of the letters is 1 Corinthians 1:2, "....to all who are called to be God's holy people, who belong to him in union with Christ Jesus...."

March 07 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
1 Corinthians 1:1-17, John 15:9-15

March 14 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - WISDOM AND FOLLY
1 Corinthians 1:18-21, 1 Corinthians 2:1-11, Matthew 5:38-42

March 21 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - PUTTING LOVE INTO PRACTICE
1 Corinthians 8:9-13, 1 Corinthians 13:1-end, John 13:34-35

March 28 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - UNITY AND MINISTRY
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and 27-31, Luke 24:45-49

April 04 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - TREASURES IN CLAY JARS
2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Mark 14:66-72

April 11 - CORINTH TO STRATFORD - FAITH, HOPE AND NEW LIFE
2 Corinthians 5:1-19

April 18 - MAUNDY THURSDAY

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