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



THE APPRENTICE

SUNDAY MORNING TEACHING JUNE/JULY 2018

Sunday 11am at St John's

Paul knew all about apprentices, long before Sir Alan Sugar. There are a number of "trainees" mentioned in Acts and in Paul's letters. Timothy seems to have been the one who got the prize in the end; (did Paul ever say, "You're Fired" to John or Mark? - see Acts 15:37-38)

Timothy's "prize" was to be left behind in Ephesus to organise the Church after Paul left in a hurry (see Acts 19). It could have been worse - Titus was sent to Crete - a much harder task, (see Titus 1:12)!

Paul's Letters to Timothy have much to teach us; they show us Paul's concerns for new Christians, his fears for the dangers which would lead them astray, his priorities for ministry and, above all, his wise advice to Timothy, the favourite apprentice.

JUNE 03 - THE APPRENTICE - The Teaching Task
1 Timothy 1:3-7, 1 Timothy 4:1-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-8, Matthew 7:24-29

JUNE 10 - THE APPRENTICE - The Ministry Task
1 Timothy 3:1-15, 1 Timothy 5:17-22, 2 Timothy 2:20-26, John 10:11-15

JUNE 17 - FATHER’S DAY - Special Theme

JUNE 27 - SPECIAL THEME for the 4th Sunday together

JULY 01 - THE APPRENTICE - The People Task
1 Timothy 2:1-15, 1 Timothy 5:3-16, 1 Timothy 6:1-10

JULY 08 - THE APPRENTICE - The Personal Task
2 Timothy 2:1-26
We will also refer to: 1 Timothy 4:9-16, 1 Timothy 5:1-2, 1 Timothy 6:11-16, Luke 12:30-36

JULY 15 - FRIENDS SERVICE and Lunch with Peter and Christine Knight, from Tunis

JULY 22 - OPEN AIR SERVICES BEGIN

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

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
Paul's Letter to the Church at Philippi

18:30 Teaching Spring 2018

Philippians is one of Paul's letters from prison. He describes himself as, "in chains for Christ", (1:3), but is not at all self-pitying. For him life is an opportunity to serve the Lord and death will be an opportunity to see him face to face (1:21). Despite his chains and uncertain future, Paul's message to this readers is, "Rejoice in the Lord always" (4:4) - a good message for us in these troubled times!

MAY 13 - Rejoice in the Lord always - Thank God for you all
Philippians 1:1-11, John 14:23-27

MAY 20 - Rejoice in the Lord always - To live is Christ
Philippians 1:12-26, Mark 8:34-37

MAY 27 - Rejoice in the Lord always - Living as Christ lived
Philippians 1:27-2:18, John 15:9-15

JUNE 03 - Rejoice in the Lord always - New life through faith
Philippians 3:1-11, Luke 18:9-14

JUNE 10 - Rejoice in the Lord always - Don't give up now
Philippians 3:12-21, Matthew 11:25-30

JUNE 17 - Rejoice in the Lord always - Be joyful!
Philippians 4:1-23, John 14:1-6

JUNE 24 - Service led by the Young leaders group

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

GOSPEL CHALLENGES - Tuesday Lunchtime Teaching - Spring 2018

This series aims to draw some challenges for Christian living today from the Gospels. It does not pretend to be an exhaustive list of Gospel values, or a complete agenda for Christians, but it gives us some important points to think about.

As ever, we need to be practical in our preaching - the texts are 2000 years old, so they need expounding, explaining and applying to the situations we face today.

APRIL 17 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: LOVE ONE ANOTHER
1 Corinthians 12:27-31, John 13:31-38

APRIL 24 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: FOLLOWING GOD'S PLAN
John 12:12-28

MAY 01 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: CHALLENGING PREJUDICE
Luke 19:1-10, John 9:39-41

MAY 08 - NO SERVICE

MAY 15 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: SEEKING THE LOST
Matthew 9:9-13 (and refer to Luke 15:1-10 )

MAY 22 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
John 16:4b-15

MAY 29 - NO SERVICE

JUNE 05 - GOSPEL CHALLENGES: SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Mark 10:32-50

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WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP
Round-table Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship, fuelled by coffee and the Holy Spirit
7:45pm in the Cafe.


BIBLE IN A YEAR
Wednesdays 7:45-9:30pm at St John's

Dave and Nick are planning a 2018 Bible School, with the aim of teaching every book of the Bible in 46 weeks. We will use the Lion Handbook to the Bible (about £15) as a basic course book.

Every session will include: By the end of the 2018, those who do the whole course should have a basic knowledge of every book of the Bible, and some skills in applying it to our everyday lives.

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




THURSDAY LUNCHTIME
12:40pm Holy Communion.

THE HOLY SPIRIT - Spring/Summer 2018

The Holy Spirit of God is God - a person of the Trinity - NOT a force. He possesses Deity and personality. Over the next few weeks we are going to unpack some studies on his person and his ministry, both in the Church and in the world.

May 24 - Introducing the Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit of God? Why do we need him in the world?
Ezekiel 36:24-28, John 14:15-26, Matthew 28:19

May 31 - The Holy Spirit - at work in us.
The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of new life and good works in Christians
Galatians 5:13-26, John 15:5-8

June 07 - The Holy Spirit at Work
The Holy Spirit at Work in creation, in history, in OT and NT, in the life of Christ, in the world, in the Church
John 16:7-11, Acts 5:12-16, Ephesians 4:1-16

June 14 - What Jesus says about the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit inspires, teaches, reveals the truth etc. Where would we be without him!?
John 14:15-21, John 14:23-26, John 16:5-15, John 15:5

June 21 - The Holy Spirit - Principles for Practical Christian Living
The Holy Spirit gives us new life, helps us live a godly life, sanctifies us, inspires us, teaches us……
Galatians 5:13-26, Romans 8:5-17, John 3:5-8

June 28 - The Holy Spirit - at work in the Church through his Gifts.
The Holy Spirit powers ministry through gifts given to every Christian for ministry and mission as part of the Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and 28-31, Romans 12:6-8, John 14:10-14

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