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



THE REAL LENT CHALLENGE
Sunday 11am at St John's

LENT is a time of Challenges. We challenge ourselves to give up something, or to fast, or to spend more time in prayer. Challenges come in all sorts of ways, and this series will explore some of them.

March 05 - How do we teach the stuff we don't want to talk about? (The EDUCATION SUNDAY Challenge)
1 Timothy 1:12-20, Mark 1:29-45
Richard Aubrey, School Chaplain, will share some of his challenges.

March 12 - Esther - Challenged to rescue her people!
Esther 5:1-8, Esther 6:1-12, Esther 7:1-6, Esther 8:1-5 and 10-11
Esther faced huge challenges with courage and God's strength

March 19 - Giving - The challenge of Giving as God gives
John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 21:1-4
Our March Discipleship Dialogue faces the challenge of Christian Giving

March 26 - The Mothering Sunday Challenge
Sheva, Mother, Grandmother and Preacher shares this challenge with us

April 02 - In the steps of Jesus - The Challenge of Servanthood
Romans 12:1-8, Mark 10:32-52
"Can't get the staff", people say. Wonder if Jesus says that about us?

April 09 - PALM SUNDAY - The Challenge to do it God's Way
Luke 19:11-27, Luke 19:28-44
When Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem, the challenge was to head for the cross, rather than accept an earthly Kingship

April 16 - EASTER SUNDAY - The Empty Tomb Challenge
Colossians 3:1-11, Matthew 28:1-10
Dead men who refuse to stay dead are a challenge on lots of different levels!

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IT'S GOOD TO TALK - Teaching on PRAYER
Sunday 18:30 at St John's

Our teaching between Easter and Pentecost will be on Prayer, because Churches run on Prayer. We all need to learn to pray more effectively - it's good to talk to (and even better to listen to) the Lord. This series will aim to be practical, and help us learn from all that the Bible says about prayer.

April 23 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - INTRODUCING PRAYER
1 Kings 19:3-14, Luke 11:1-13
What are we doing, is there anyone listening, why do we need to pray if God knows everything, etc. etc.?

April 30 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - SPENDING TIME WITH GOD
Isaiah 6:1-8, Mark 9:2-13
Is prayer all about talking to God, or is there a place for sitting in silent wonder with a friend?

May 07 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING FOR OTHERS.
Acts 3:1-10, Matthew 8:1-17
What are we actually doing when we pray for people? How does it work, (does it work)? Keys to successful intercessory prayer.

May 14 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING TOGETHER
Acts 12:5-17, Matthew 26:36-44
There are lots of biblical encouragements to and examples of prayer together. Why is it important?

May 21 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - Different Ways to pray
There are many ways of praying - the important thing is that we keep in touch
Matthew 6:5-14 - Jesus' model for prayer
Ephesians 6:10-18 - Spiritual armour

May 28 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - PRAYING IN TOUGH SITUATIONS
Acts 7:54-8:1, Mark 4:35-41
When the going gets tough - the tough get praying! Prayer should help us face difficult situations

June 04 (Pentecost) - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - The Holy Spirit helps us to pray.
Luke 24:44-49, Acts 2:1-4, Romans 8:22-27, Acts 13:1-5
The bible promises that when we struggle to pray, God's Spirit prompts us, and gives us the words to say.

June 11 - IT'S GOOD TO TALK - Trinitarian Prayer
Readings to be chosen. We hope to have a special guest speaker.
So do we pray to the Father, or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, or to all three?

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

EASTER CONTINUED

Easter doesn't stop when the Easter Eggs are finished. The season continues right through until Pentecost, and some people find it harder to sustain the 40 days of Easter joy harder to sustain that the 40 days of Lent penitence!

This series aims to explore some of the time between Easter and Pentecost, and to explore some of the practical issues arising from our belief in the Resurrection.

APRIL 25 - EASTER CONTINUED: Doubt and faith
John 20:19-31,

MAY 02 - NO SERVICE

MAY 09 - EASTER CONTINUED: Don't give up now!
John 21:1-14

MAY 16 - EASTER CONTINUED: New life in Christ
John 21:15-25

MAY 23 - EASTER CONTINUED: I'll be back!
Matthew 24:36-44

MAY 30 - NO SERVICE

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WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP
Round-table Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship, fuelled by coffee and the Holy Spirit
8pm in the Cafe.

The recent Discipleship Dialogue questionnaires revealed that many people are looking for interactive bible study, prayer and fellowship during the week.

WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP offers all of these, and what better time to start than Lent - traditionally a time to spend more time with the Lord.

WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP will look at the subject of FORGIVENESS during Lent - an important subject for all of us as we seek to live at peace with each other.

MARCH 08 - Forgiveness - AN OVERVIEW
Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 33:110-16, Hebrews 10:1-18

MARCH 15 - Forgiveness - JESUS' TEACHING
Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-35, Luke 23:33-35

MARCH 22 - Forgiveness - CASE STUDIES (1)
King David: 2 Samuel 12:1-13, Psalm 51
The Woman taken in adultery: John 8:1-11
The Penitent Thief: Luke 23:39-43

MARCH 29 - Forgiveness - CASE STUDIES (2)
The Apostle Peter: John 18:15-18, John 18:25-27, John 21:15-19
The Apostle Paul: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

APRIL 05 - Forgiveness - HOW DOES IT WORK OUT IN PRACTICE?
Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 18:15-22

APRIL 12 - HOLY WEEK CELEBRATION

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THURSDAY LUNCHTIME - 12:40pm Holy Communion.

02 MARCH - TEMPTATION - MORE THAN JUST CHOCOLATE
Genesis 2:7-9, Genesis 3:1-9, Matthew 4:1-11

09 MARCH - FAITH - NOT JUST FOR SUNDAYS
James 2:14-26, Matthew 15:21-28

16 MARCH - REPENTANCE - DUMPING THE SIN
1 John 1:8-10, Luke 3:1-6

23 MARCH - ENDURANCE - HOW TO STICK WITH JESUS
Romans 8:18-25, Luke 9:51-end

30 MARCH - PRAYER - KEEPING IN TOUCH
1 Thessalonians 5:15-25, Luke 11:1-13

06 APRIL - THE CROSS - MORE THAN AN ORNAMENT
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Mark 8:27-38

13 APRIL - MAUNDY THURSDAY

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