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



THE DISCIPLESHIP DIALOGUE 2017

During 2017 there will be a monthly focus on different issues, to help us grow as disciples. The emphasis on DISCIPLESHIP is a current issue in Churches, partly because of the growth of “Consumer Culture” in Churches. The aim is to get us all to think about how we can better follow and serve the Lord, not just be “consumers” of ministry.

The DIALOGUE will start with some input on the issue of the month - see below for some info. on midweek services and small groups. An essential part of the DIALOGUE will be your feedback, through a simple questionnaire. I hope this will give us the opportunity for some further thinking. Questionnaire returns can be with or without names, as you wish.

The DIALOGUE will generally be focused on the 2nd Sunday of the month


JANUARY - MIDWEEK SERVICES/SMALL GROUPS

SMALL GROUPS - USEFUL OR NOT? The Church in Bible times generally met in someone’s home, probably as a small group and not just on Sundays. The picture of Church services in Corinth, though far from perfect, suggests something very interactive.

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 1 Corinthians 14:26-31



WHAT’S ON OFFER AT ST JOHN’S? Currently we have:

All these groups meet somewhere in the Church

 
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