Mission at Newry Metropolitan Church

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Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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Entitled ‘A Time to Encounter God’, Mission at Newry Metropolitan Church takes place from 23-30 September, Sundays at 7pm and Monday-Friday at 8pm.

Many people these days asking questions about the meaning of life (What’s it all about? / Why is there such suffering in the world? / Who is God? What happens when I die?) – and many people are tired of the emptiness and hypocrisy of religion (issues over money, power, control – impact of abuse scandals etc) – looking for something authentic and true.



With so much depression and suicide on the rise, and people struggling with the ability to cope; with epidemic levels of loneliness and addiction; confusion about what ultimately matters and worries about the future – this is a mission calling people back to the one place where reality and truth can be found, connection with God.

It was St. Augustine who famously wrote: ‘Lord you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.’ This is an opportunity to discover that.

This is an open invitation to come and hear about the reality of Christ and the personal impact his word makes in the lives of ordinary people

Speakers at the mission will include Arthur Williams, the founder of the Stauros Foundation, an organisation reaching out to those whose lives have been affected by addiction.



Arthur was at one time so ravaged by addiction and self-harm, he was committed to a psychiatric asylum. It was in this place he found the love of Christ, and it changed him. He has been ministering to people in similar situations for over 40 years now and he and his wife Beth travel extensively sharing with others the hope that is in the gospel.

Other speakers include Billy Patterson, who served the Lord in Kilkenny and then Drogheda for over 30 years, and Paul Hackett, who currently pastors a church in Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

They will be giving talks each night on topics relevant to life and sharing from the Bible how the gospel has something powerful and meaningful to say in this moment.

Also during the mission will be the personal stories of local people who have experienced the peace and joy that comes from following Christ. One of the nights Phyllis Arnold (Cottage Catering Ltd) will be sharing her tragic yet inspirational story (as told in the book Some Party in Heaven) about the loss of her two children within nine days of each other, and how in the midst of her grief she and her family encountered the sustaining grace of God.

There will be lots of music during the mission, with various people participating in song and leading the church in praise. 



There will also be an opportunity for prayer ministry and if people have needs (for healing, support, family members etc) they can come and be prayed for by mature and committed counsellors.

The services each night will last approximately one hour and with an open-door policy everyone is warmly invited. No questions will be asked of anyone, no money or donations will be requested, and there are no expectations about dress-codes.

People are welcome to stay for tea and coffee and chat after the service each evening.

The ‘Met’ is a non-denominational and welcoming community for people from all backgrounds of life, irrespective of religious, social or personal markers. Those who come can be sure of a warm welcome.

For more info visit the website www.newrymetropolitanchurch.co.uk or tel: 07960798629 to speak to Pastor John.



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