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


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, in order 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 26 February (Ash Wednesday) and ends on 05 April 2020 (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 midnight. All are welcome - please use the side door (opposite Wilko).

Contact Rev Robert Otule for further information.

LENT TEACHING

MORNING SERVICE TEACHING LENT 2020

Sunday 11am at St John's

BLESSING AND CHALLENGE

LENT is often a time for giving up things. It can also be a time to take up something new. How about:
Spending a bit more time praying....
Trying out a Bible Study (Tuesday mornings, or Word on Wednesday) during Lent.....
Putting aside some time, or some money, for a local charity.....

March 01 - GIVING: BLESSING AND CHALLENGE
Tolu and Jane will talk to us about this important, but difficult, subject
2 Corinthians 8:8-15, 2 Corinthians 9:15, Mark 12:38-44

March 08 - EDUCATION: BLESSING AND CHALLENGE
Richard will share some of the challenges and blessings of schools
Jeremiah 18:1-11, John 21:15-19

March 15 - RESOURCE CHURCH: BLESSING AND CHALLENGE
God has blessed us, and now He is challenging us to share that blessing with others; Dan and Robert will explain all.....

March 22 - MOTHERHOOD: BLESSING AND CHALLENGE
We know that Motherhood is a blessing and a challenge - Ellie will tell us all about it
Exodus 2:1-10, Matthew 23:1 and 37-39

March 29 - SPECIAL THEME

April 05 - JESUS ARRIVES: WITH A BLESSING AND A CHALLENGE
Jesus is God's ultimate blessing to the world, but his message, and his presence has always been a challenge.
Luke 19:11-27, Luke 19:28:48

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LENT TEACHING

18:30 TEACHING LENT 2020

Worship, Prayer, Praise, Bible Teaching, Cake, Hot Chocolate, New Friends.

01 MARCH - GROWING IN FAITH AND DISCIPLESHIP
Ephesians 5:8-21, Matthew 6:19-24
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

08 MARCH - REPENTANCE - DUMPING THE SIN
1 John 1:8-10, Luke 3:1-6
Repentance and sin are tough words - are we ready to recognise our sin and repent of it?

15 MARCH - RESOURCE CHURCH: BLESSING AND CHALLENGE
Acts 11:19-26 and 13:1-3, Matthew 28:16-20
St John's is already a large Church, and a church which knows God's blessing. How can we grow even further in his service?

22 MARCH - ENDURANCE - HOW TO STICK WITH JESUS
Romans 8:18-25, Luke 9:51-end
Sometimes it's hard to be a Christian; external pressures, contemporary culture and our own ambitions can all get in the way.

29 MARCH - PRAYER - KEEPING IN TOUCH
1 Thessalonians 5:15-25, Luke 11:1-13
Jesus gives us a direct line to God in prayer; do we use it?

05 APRIL - THE CROSS - MORE THAN AN ORNAMENT
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Mark 8:27-38
When Jesus said "take up your cross..... he didn't mean us to just wear a pendant!

The Tuesday Morning Bible study and Word on Wednesday will be using these themes, and looking a little deeper at the subjects, during Lent.

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

JEREMIAH - A PROPHET FOR TODAY


MARCH 03 - Jeremiah - the man, the call and the problem
Jeremiah 1:1-19

MARCH 10 - Jeremiah - the prophet who asked awkward questions
Jeremiah 7:1-11

MARCH 17 - Jeremiah - the prophet who understood
Jeremiah 18:1-17

MARCH 24 - Jeremiah - the prophet who saw a better future!
Jeremiah 31:23-35

MARCH 31 - Jeremiah - the prophet who didn't make a profit!
Jeremiah 38:1-39:2

APRIL 07 - Jeremiah - the preacher who said "Wait for God's timing"
Jeremiah 29:1-23

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THURSDAY LUNCHTIME
12:40pm Holy Communion.

THE WAY OF THE CROSS

The Way of the Cross (sometimes referred to as Stations of the Cross) is a reflection of Jesus' journey from Pilate's house to the place or 'hill' of the skull where He was crucified.

These reflections remind us that Jesus exhorts us to carry our cross and follow Him ( Matthew 16:24-26 and Luke 9:23)

This series, though not an accurate depiction of the traditional 'Stations of the Cross', will give us a sense of the step by step journey leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and burial, taking us along as participants not just spectators to the events on that day.


February 29 - Jesus condemned to death
Isaiah 53:1-3, 7-8, Luke 23:3-25

March 05 - Jesus bears His Cross
Isaiah 52:13-15, Matthew 27:27-31

March 12 - Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus' Cross and He talks to the women of Jerusalem...
Revelation 6:12-17, Luke 23:26-32

March 19 - Jesus is crucified on the Cross
Numbers 21:7-9, Luke 23:32-43

March 26 - The death of Jesus
Revelation 5:9-14, Luke 23:44-49

April 02 - The burial of Jesus
Revelation 53:4-9, Luke 23:50-56

April 09 - MAUNDY THURSDAY

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