Hello, I'm Pastor Simon
Welcome to Moira Baptist Church online. We are a church that is welcoming to all and your first contact will be a warm smile and handshake at our door. At Moira Baptist we are passionate about Jesus Christ, knowing Him, following Him, and serving Him in the village and community of Moira.
We seek to be a church where believers can grow together in their faith, caring for one another as a family, and encouraging one another to keep trusting in the good news of Jesus Christ.
And we’ll be honest, it’s that good news we want to tell you about. As well as being a place believers can grow, we also want to be a place where those who haven’t yet trusted in Jesus, can be exposed to His greatness and challenged to follow Him.
Some questions visitors ask
How should I dress?
We seek to create an environment where families and individuals can feel at ease coming into this church. Some of our people come to church dressed in their suits and others come in more casual attire; however you come you will be given a warm and friendly welcome.
Are children welcome? On Sunday mornings we provide a range of facilities for young families from a fully staffed crèche for 0-3 year olds to Wonder Kidz for 4-7 year olds. Senior Wonder Kidz for kids from P4 to P7 meet also except on the first Sunday of each month when the children remain in church for the full service, and age appropriate ‘Sermon Notes’ booklets are available.
What are your services like? Each time we meet we read from God’s Word, sing songs of praise while our worship team lead us, take time to pray and then the majority of our time is spent listening to the Bible being taught.
Most Sundays the morning service concludes with the Lord’s Table or communion, a time when believers remember the Lord by eating bread and drinking wine together in the way the Saviour appointed. Those who are not believers are welcome to observe but not participate or to leave in the short break before the communion service begins.
Evening services are less formal with singing, testimonies, Scripture and teaching and sometimes we also meet around the Lord’s Table.
The church has appointed a Church Worker for an 8 month period. Peter Bittle and his wife Rachel are appointed as missionaries to Indonesia and will leave home in 2019. Peter will serve the church while he prepares to follow the Lord's leading.
His roles will include some preaching, some work with our young people and helping to launch and lead our Christianity Explored courses. More details on the latter to follow.
Our Beliefs and practice
Statement of Faith
We believe it is important to have a comprehensive statement of what we believe Scripture teaches and to which all members must consent. We use the same Statement os our Association.
Our Lord’s command makes it very clear that we are to make disciples,… baptising them… and teaching them.Discipleship comes first, then baptism – and that order is always the same in the New Testament.
The Lord's Table
The Lord’s Table was institutes by our Saviour the night he was crucified. He took bread, gave thank and broke it and gave to them saying, “This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
But what does membership in a Baptist church mean?
The Association of Baptist churches in Ireland is a group of autonomous churches which have voluntarily agreed to work together. 93 are located in Northern Ireland and 28 in the Republic of Ireland
Simon Mawhinney is our pastor and is married to Lynda. They have 5 children.
Stephen also serves as Treasurer and Data Protection Officer. Stephen is married to Gillian.