Prayers for Manchester at St John's

St John's held a beautiful service of prayer for the victims of the bombing in Manchester on Tuesday evening. We prayed for families who are bereaved, for those separated, those in hospital, the emergency services and hospital staff and for unity in our community.

Youth weekend at Quinta

Last weekend (21st-23rd April) nearly 50 children and young people went away for the weekend to the Quinta Christian Centre, near Oswestry. Here is a quick report of some of the things that we got up to…


The fantastic creative team headed by Liz Bird produced the most amazing art for our Good Friday service. The art was a representationon of the veil of the temple that tore open.

Over the course of 2 hours an image on the veil was created by the team. We are working on producing a time lapse of the build.

"What was the significance of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died?"

When Jesus died, the veil was torn, and God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was through with that temple and its religious system, and the temple and Jerusalem were left “desolate” (destroyed by the Romans) in A.D. 70, just as Jesus prophesied in Luke 13:35. As long as the temple stood, it signified the continuation of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 9:8-9 refers to the age that was passing away as the new covenant was being established (Hebrews 8:13).

In a sense, the veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). This is indicated by the fact that the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies through the veil. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. We can now enter the Holy of Holies through Him. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.” Here we see the image of Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil for us.

The veil being torn from top to bottom is a fact of history. The profound significance of this event is explained in glorious detail in Hebrews. The things of the temple were shadows of things to come, and they all ultimately point us to Jesus Christ. He was the veil to the Holy of Holies, and through His death the faithful now have free access to God.

The veil in the temple was a constant reminder that sin renders humanity unfit for the presence of God. The fact that the sin offering was offered annually and countless other sacrifices repeated daily showed graphically that sin could not truly be atoned for or erased by mere animal sacrifices. Jesus Christ, through His death, has removed the barriers between God and man, and now we may approach Him with confidence and boldness (Hebrews 4:14-16). 


Osyp & Erica's Valentines Dinner 14th Feb

Valentine’s night has been and gone but the Date night with a Difference has not been forgotten. An evening when each of the nine couples could enjoy a romantic evening with good food served at their reserved table, with their own personal song played at some point during the evening. Two of the couples competed in a Mr and Mrs competition and received a Let’s Stick together book as prize.

It was an evening aimed at giving each couple a chance to spend quality time with each other and discover their own and partners Love Language

The evening was rounded off with each man being given a red rose to give to his partner and a personalised card with bible verses for couples, a list of the Love Languages  and two heart shaped chocolates as reminder of the evening.

Make a Difference (1) 28th Jan

On 28th January we launched our new 'Making A Difference' programme with an exciting Saturday morning event. 50 people from St Johns who want to make a difference not only at church, but where they work, rest, and play, gathered in the Church Centre to learn and share together.

We watched 3 video based talks from the 2016 Willow Creek Leadership Conference covering 3 important topics. Danielle Strickland, who is a Salvation Army officer, used the story of Gideon to encourage us to lay aside our limited expectations and follow a life that falls in line with God's greater vision for us. Then business consultant, Patrick Lencioni spoke about what makes a great team player, and encouraged us to be hungry, humble, and smart, so as to be the person that everyone wants on their team. We rounded off the morning with a talk from leadership expert, John Maxwell, who reminded us that nothing significant happens in our lives accidentally. He urged us to 'live intentionally' so that we make decisions and choose a life that matters.

It was a great morning’s teaching, and discussing in small groups, how these principles touch our lives, supplemented by great coffee, yummy home made cake, and a plentiful supply of Haribo when we all needed a sugar burst!

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