Sabbath School and Bible Classes
Lord’s Day 10:45am
Our Church encourages parents who attend the church and also parents from the surrounding area to send their children to our Sabbath School from the ages of 4 years old and up. We have 15 teachers and 125 children enrolled in the Sabbath School. The aim of our Sabbath School is to embed the children with the knowledge of the Word of God. The Children are taught about Creation, Adam and Eve, The Fall, Abraham, the Miracles of Christ – these are only some of the areas covered on the curriculum. It is our prayer and our desire that each child will respond to the Word of God and ask the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart. Each Lords Day the children will be given a verse and a Catechism to learn for the following week. Each year in September the children will be examined on what they have learned.
At the age of 15 they will then move into the Junior Bible Class. Here they will be taught on more specific topics in the Word of God such as ‘Justification’, ‘Sanctification’, ‘Adoption’, ‘Baptism,’ ‘The Lord’s Supper’.
The Senior Bible Class caters for those in the churches that are over the age of 25 years. Here Bible studies are carried out over a period of weeks on topics just as ‘The Trinity’, Ark of the Covenant’, ‘Tabernacle’.
Each Lord’s Day at 12 noon we have our family worship service. We encourage the church members to bring their families along to this service and to invite others to the service. We Worship the Lord through Singing, Prayer and the reading of God’s Word before the Minister brings the message that God has laid on his heart.
Gospel Evening Service.
Before this meeting takes place there is an hour of prayer (6pm – 7pm). Here God’s people pray for the Blessing of God to fall on the service that sinners might be saved, backsliders restored and that the Saints of God might be Blessed.
The service starts at 7pm. We Worship God through Singing, Prayer and the reading of God’s Word before the Minister brings the message that God has laid on his heart. We also have testimonies where people share what God has done for them in their lives.
Each Wednesday evening at 7:10pm we have two children’s meeting One in Maghera and the other in the Church hall. The children are brought in on buses and in cars. In the meetings the children participate in chorus singing, memory verse, quizzes and finally they are taught a story from the Bible.
Each Thursday evening at 8:00pm God’s people meet for Bible study and Prayer. We consider the Prayer meeting to be the powerhouse of the church. It is often quoted in the prayer meeting ‘Much Prayer – much Blessing, little Prayer – little Blessing, no Prayer – no Blessing’. Before the season of prayer begins the Minister brings a short Bible study. After this the people are encouraged to pray publicly and also privately.
Each Saturday evening (September – May) at 8:00pm the youth of the church meet in the church hall. This is preceded by a half-hour of prayer. The age for beginning the youth is 11 years old and upward. Within the meeting there is chorus and hymn singing, testimonies, quizzes, discussions on various topics that are relevant to youth and most important a message from God’s Word is brought to the young people each week. The young people are encouraged to participate in the meeting i.e. doing the quiz, leading the choruses. It is the youth of our church who will be the next leaders in the church therefore we try and get the young people as active as possible within the church.
Each Tuesday evening at 7:15pm an outreach team goes into the surrounding towns and villages to do door-to-door outreach. In the summer time they get the opportunity to do door-to-door outreach in the surrounding countryside. This is a very effective way of getting the Gospel across to the people within the area. People have given their life to God as a result of this outreach work. If the people are not going to come to the church to hear the Gospel then we must go after them and tell them of their need of a Saviour.
Each Lord’s Day afternoon at 3:30pm an open-air meeting is held at a different location each week. These are usually held in the different housing estates in Magherafelt and also the surrounding towns and villages.
The Youth also have their outreach program. On the last Saturday of every month they go down into the streets of Magherafelt where they distribute Gospel tracts to the people who are going to clubs and pubs. This work has seen good results. One of the team use to go to the pubs but the Lord gloriously saved him and now he is helping to win others for Christ.
Please remember to pray for the outreach programs that are carried out within the church.