WHO ARE WE?
‘A church on the road with Jesus. Sharing his love, serving others.’
We seek to be a place where we can welcome and encourage one another, whatever stage of theney you are on!
Kids and their families are very welcome at St Jude’s.
St Jude’s Parish Church, 340 Ormeau Road BT7 2GE
Our Parish Church Hall, 243 Ravenhill Road BT 6 0BS
9 am : Early Morning Service
2nd & 5th Sundays : Holy Communion
11 am : Main Morning Service
1st Sunday : Holy Communion
2nd Sunday : Family Service
6 pm : Holy Communion
6 pm only on 3rd Sunday of the month
7 pm : Evening Service
3rd Sunday : IGNITE – Cafe Church@ 7 pm
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY
11am Morning Service. A very good world: Creation. Genesis 1-2
6pm Holy Communion
7pm Evening service. The Sovereign God. Psalm 33
First released in 1971 John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ was a message of hope for America and indeed the world. It began with this line: “So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.” As one year now ends and another begins we can reflect back and look forward…
How was 2017 for you? Perhaps it was a good year for you? Maybe you had some significant memories: the birth of a child, the marriage of a bride and groom or an anniversary that was celebrated? Perhaps 2017 was a year you would rather forget? Maybe your memories are still raw; the death of a loved one, the terminal diagnosis, that broken relationship.
What will 2018 have in store for you? What are you hoping for? Some of us will be filled with optimism. The New Year may bring new opportunities: a new job, hobby or holiday? Some of us will be filled with pessimism. For it will probably mean the same old job, problems and health concerns.
What can we hope for in 2018? In our ever-changing world, what awaits us the other side of 2017? The Bible tells us we can expect to see nothing that we haven’t seen before! What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Yet we are not left alone on this planet. We are not left to our own devices. There is a God above who cares for the world he has made.
Christmas reminds us that God stepped down into his world that has been corrupted by humanity. God came in the person his only Son and Saviour. Jesus Christ came on a rescue mission to earth. His death can bring you the forgiveness of sins – a new start! His resurrection can bring you living hope – a certain future!
As one year ends and another begins, there is every reason to be hopeful. Not a hope that wishes everything will be okay. No, biblical hope is certain because of what God has done in his Son. This secures a great future! As the Bible puts it:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1v3-4)
My prayer is that this Christmas and New Year you may know this ‘living hope.’ And whatever 2018 may bring – that we would know Jesus Christ as Lord!
Rev. Peter Bourke
(Rector of St Jude’s)
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How do you plan to grow as a Christian this year?
Every year Christian people resolve to read their Bible, but reading is one thing, understanding is another.
What is the connection between a message written to people living in Israel and around the mediterranean thousands of years ago and me?
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In the six mid-week sessions you will learn:
• how the Bible is structured
• an overview of the Bible’s storyline
• how Genesis 1-2 relates to the rest of the Bible
• the importance of God’s promises (covenants) with Abraham, Moses and David
• how the prophets point forward by looking back
• how the Psalms are collected and ordered
• how the Old Testament helps deepen and enrich our understanding of Jesus
On the Saturday morning sessions we will have worked examples of how Biblical Theology addresses topics such as:
• the Sabbath
What better way to begin a year than equipping yourself to read and understand the Bible?
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After the service there is an opportunity to pray with others. The Church is also open every Tuesday between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm for prayer / drop in sessions. Shalom.
St Judes Mother’s Union: “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”
Dates for Diary:
Wednesday 3rd January – Meal and pantomime.
The theme for 2018 is “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”. This will be the subject of our branch meeting on the 7th February.
We wish all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and we remember in prayer our indoor members and those who are unwell.
Our Storehouse Sunday is every third Sunday of the month . Many thanks for your continual support of this ministry.
Rosetta Nursery and Forge integrated Pre-school received with joy a gift of knitted pencil cases from St Jude outreach team. We are currently taking donations of 100 pieces of knitted pencil cases. Thanks to everyone who supported this project.
Clothes donation to people in need was delivered by ‘St. Judes’ Charity Space’ (giving through Storehouse Belfast) . We are still taking donations. Thank you very much for your support!!
St. Jude’s Community Outreach/ street evangelism not as you know it!! Table ready every Wednesday from 2pm.
Parents and tots every Monday 10am