Hello, and welcome
Welcome to Moira Baptist Church online. We are a church that is welcoming to all and until the Covid-19 virus struck, your first contact would have been a warm smile and handshake at our door. Now we welcome you to our online ministry and pray that one day soon we can fellowship together again.
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 (Not all relevant at the minute due to the virus)
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.
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.
Pastor Alan Baird has been invited to act as interim Pastor of the church with a role to help the church develop leadership and seek a new Senior Pastor. He takes up his appointment mid September.
(Normal services are affected by Covid-19)
Sunday: 11:00 am,
Since March 2016, Simon has served the Lord in Moira Baptist church, first as Associate Pastor and then assuming full pastoral responsibility in December 2017. These years have seen the church facing major challenges but Simon has faithfully served the Lord among us.
Now Simon wishes to undertake further theological studies to better equip him for the challenges of ministry ahead in the will of the Lord.
The church thanks Simon for his ministry and prays that the Lord will equip him and use him and Lynda greatly in the future. We are delighted that initially they will remain as members of our church for the foreseeable future.
Since 2nd August we have returned to worship in our church building for mid-week meetings and on Sunday mornings at 11.00am. However in order to maintain required social distancing guidelines, numbers attending on Sundays are limited. It is essential that those seeking to attend contact our administrator to ask for a seat to be reserved.
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
Ralph is presently our only Elder. His wife is Sheelagh and they have 4 children. But Ralph will be supported by our interim Pastor, Alan Baird as the church seeks the Lord’s guidance in developing additional leaders.