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Lockdown Mid-Week Bible Study

This Wednesday at 7:30pm via Zoom, The Rev Sam Campbell begins a joint Bible Study with both his parishes of Greencastle and Mossley. This Study looks at the book of Galatians.

Each week brings a video where Paul Blackham, Richard Bewes and guest Joni Eareckson Tada discuss a chapter from Galatians. After which we as a group will be guided by Sam to further discuss. Please do not feel in any way pressurised to speak up during this time, it is very much acceptable if you prefer to listen.

Topics that will be covered in the Book by Book episodes:
1. Paul, an Apostle of God’s Grace (Galatians 1:1-24)
2. Paul, an Apostle to the Jews (Galatians 2:1-21)
3. Abraham, the Main of Faith (Galatians 3:1-25)
4. Sarah, Mother of the Free (Galatians 3:26-4:31)
5. The Spirit, the Lord of the Free (Galatians 5:1-25)
6. The Family of Believers (Galatians 5:26-6.18)

To join simply contact your Society Stewards or Church Secretary and they will forward on your email address to be included in the Zoom invite link – You should expect this link before Lunchtime Wednesday. Also any ‘rookies’ to Zoom can request advice in setting up (see Set Up below).

Please note anyone who attended any of our previous Zoom mid weeks will automatically be included in the email. However it is your choice to choose to join in. You can also request to be removed from the Zoom invite list.

We welcome and look forward to seeing you.

Set up a free account and have online access to Zoom by following this link HERE. You can also download the Client App for smart phones etc links found on this page click HERE

If you require help with Zoom set-up please contact your Society Stewards / Church Secretaries as soon as possible, ideally prior to Wednesday, where they can put you in contact with Evelyn Humphreys who will happily talk you through set up and test it with you prior to the Bible Study.
NOTE: To run Zoom you will need a device that has a camera and audio. This could be a smart phone, a tablet or laptop. You will also need your email and create a password for sign in.

SUNDAY SERMON 47: FROM THE REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENT from the Rev Sam Campbell:

On Wednesday the 3rd of February I intend to start a new Zoom online Bible Study, based on the Book of Galatians. Apologies to those who do not have the technology to do so, but if you are interested in joining us please let either your Society Steward (Carole/Colin) or Church Secretary (Evelyn/Christine) know and they can put you in contact with Evelyn Humphreys from Mossley who can help you with set up and add your email to the Bible Study invite list. All you require is the Zoom App downloaded to a device that has a camera and mic (smart phone / tablet / laptop etc) and your email address.

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To aid you in your worship, you will find listed below the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Audio Video Sermon by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist and Greencastle Methodist Church

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant for ever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant for ever –
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

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Thanks and appreciation to everyone who continues to faithfully give to our church at Mossley during this unprecedented time

SUNDAY SERMON 46: FROM THE REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Rev Sam Campbell:

As you have probably heard already the NI Executive has extended the current restrictions, so now the proposed re-opening of our church will be the 7th of March 2021. On the bases of this extension we will not be holding our Covenant Service on re-opening. Instead of that I propose to offer you again at the end of this service the opportunity to say the commitments that we normally make as part of our annual January Covenant Service.

The MCI is hosting a third Connexional Prayer Meeting | 28th January, 8PM. It is intended that Methodists gather from across the island of Ireland to lift up our prayers for: → Mission→ Education→ Pastoral Care→ Healthcare. There will be speakers briefly focusing on these issues followed by break-out prayer sessions. The success of the past two prayer meetings have seen 100’s of attendees.
You can REGISTER VIA THIS LINK.

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To aid you in your worship, you will find listed below the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Mark 1:14-20
Jesus announces the good news

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’

Jesus calls his first disciples

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

1 Corinthians 12:13

13 For we were all baptised by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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Deeply Saddened…

Our church family at Mossley have been hit a heavy blow this week at the passing of our dear brother Cyril Kelly. For many years now Cyril as our Property Steward has been tireless in maintaining our church building and grounds. No one will ever fully know the extent of time, care and attention he gave. Cyril was notorious for avoiding praise or accolades and he most defiantly would not have appreciated this. Now that he is gone however, we must acknowledge his service, for he was ever working humbly in the background, (often with Vivien working by his side) making the building, halls and rooms fit for worshiping the God he loved.

With current circumstances, it will be a while yet to come before the halls and rooms Cyril cared for are brimming over with the sound of singing, chatter and laughter. When it does happen however, one much loved voice will be deeply and sadly missed.

A favourite scripture of Cyrils, John 14: 1-7…

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.You know the way to the place where I am going.”Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

On behalf of everyone at Mossley Methodist, the church leadership would like to extend our love and sympathy to Vivien and all the family – notably their children Leanne, Christopher, Iain and partners. Along with their six grandchildren Jenna, Lillia, Charlie, Lauren, Joe and Ceejay.

Due to Covid-19 and in line with current restrictions a private funeral service will be held.

Click HERE for Sympathy Notice and donation details in lieu of flowers.

Deeply saddened at the passing of our brother Cyril Kelly

SUNDAY SERMON 45: FROM THE REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.

ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Rev Sam Campbell:

We as the Methodist Church In Ireland (MCI) are strongly encouraging everyone to take the vaccine when offered to them. We believe that doing this is not only a responsible action, but exemplifies being a good neighbour.

The MCI is hosting a third Connexional Prayer Meeting | 28th January, 8PM. It is intended that Methodists gather from across the island of Ireland to lift up our prayers for: → Mission→ Education→ Pastoral Care→ Healthcare. There will be speakers briefly focusing on these issues followed by break-out prayer sessions. The success of the past two prayer meetings have seen 100’s of attendees.
You can REGISTER VIA THIS LINK.

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To aid you in your worship, you will find listed below the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
John 1:43-51
Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’

46 ‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathanael asked.

‘Come and see,’ said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, ‘Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.’

48 ‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig-tree before Philip called you.’

49 Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’

50 Jesus said, ‘You believe[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You will see greater things than that.’51 He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on”[d] the Son of Man.’

Psalm 139
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Colossians 1:11

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

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SUNDAY SERMON 44: FROM THE REV. SAM CAMPBELL

Welcome Saints, to our online Sunday Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

ANNOUNCEMENT from the Rev Sam Campbell:

As of Thursday 7th January 2021 after a meeting with NI Executive Junior Ministers and the Faith Leaders’ Forum, it was agreed that all Sunday gatherings for worship and all in person church activities in Methodist Churches in Northern Ireland should cease at the present time. These measures will be until 6th February 2021 and reviewed towards the end of January. Mossley Methodist Church stands ready to safely re-open our church building for weekly morning worship in anticipation of this date.

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To aid you in your worship, you will find listed below the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Mark 1:4-11

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptise you with[a] water, but he will baptise you with[b] the Holy Spirit.’

The baptism and testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’

Mark 9:2-10
The transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.

Mark 14:61-62

61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’

62 ‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’

Mark 15:39

39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[a] he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’

Matthew 26:24-26

24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’

Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.’

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’

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BACK TO CHURCH SERVICES ONLINE …but we are still in this together!

You may be aware that the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, along with NI Executive Junior Ministers met with the Faith Leaders’ Forum in the light of the escalation of Corona Virus this week.

Read below the comforting words and helpful guidance that the Rev Dr Heather Morris gives on behalf of the heads of The MCI:

“In light of the unequivocal medical and public health advice received at that meeting we believe that it is right that all Sunday gatherings for worship and all in person church activities in Methodist Churches in Northern Ireland should cease at the present time. At this stage you should plan that this will be our position until 6th February, although this will be reviewed towards the end of January.”

Heather goes on to say: 

“Young people have borne a particularly heavy load through these last months, and even through this last week. We are so grateful to you and the many youth and children’s workers and leaders who are remaining connected through online activities. Why not join with IMYC staff next week, each day online at 11am to pray for children, young people and young adults? You will find a link to sign up in IMYC’s most recent email and on their social media. (Link HERE).

This week the 6th January, marked Epiphany when the Church remembers the Journey of the Magi. This prayer was written for Epiphany. I hope that these words bless you as they blessed me.

“Lord, the sight of the guiding star,
brought hope, courage and joy
To those who had journeyed to find you.
When our journey seems long,
When hope seems far away,
When our courage is failing
Fill us with faith and trust;
Shine your light on our fears,
Lift our hearts with your joy.”

The invitation before us is exactly the same as the invitation which God has graciously given throughout the generations; to faithfully, and in the power of the Spirit, bear witness to Jesus in our context. Our context has its particular challenges, and opportunities, but God’s invitation and God’s enabling remain the same.”

Heather also wants to make our congregations with online ZOOM access aware that there will be a Connexional Prayer meeting on Thursday 28th January at 8pm. Further details will be circulated through the usual social media channels. “We are grateful to Ruth Alderdice and Helen Sweeney who facilitate these prayer meetings. The last two have been a blessing. All are welcome to attend” …and many in their 100’s have done so, from both North and South of the island.

This action has been taken, ahead of NI Executive regulations, along with the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Roman Catholic Church. 

Weddings and funerals may still go ahead in church buildings, the number who may attend remains capped at 25 and includes those involved in the service and children under 12.

President, Rev Dr Tom McKnight official Statement on the MCI website HERE

LINK to sign up for 11am Zoom Prayer Meetings next week.

Separate, yet as one body of Christ.

2nd SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS, New Year SERMON 2021

Todays call to worship … John 8:12

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

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REPEAT ANNOUNCEMENT from the Rev Sam Campbell:

“In the light of this new virus strain, the Society Stewards and I have taken the difficult decision to close our churches until the Sunday the 7th of February 2021. We do this with regret, realising that many benefit from gathering together, but our main priority is to keep safe and protect all our members. I will of course be available for pastoral emergencies and will continue recording my services, made available on line and via telephone access”
(Details of telephone access are at the bottom of this page).

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Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Colin McDowell,
Society Steward and Local Preacher of Mossley Methodist Church
John 1:1-14
The Word became flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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1st Sunday of Christmas Sermon 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT from the Rev Sam Campbell:

“In the light of this new virus strain, the Society Stewards and I have taken the difficult decision to close our churches until the Sunday the 7th of February 2021. We do this with regret, realising that many benefit from gathering together, but our main priority is to keep safe and protect all our members. I will of course be available for pastoral emergencies and will continue recording my services, made available on line and via telephone access”
(Details of telephone access are at the bottom of this page).

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Luke 2:21-40

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus presented in the temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’.[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.’

33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

2 Corinthians 2:16

16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

John 14:16

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever.

Galatians 3:28

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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Christmas Morning Service

Welcome Saints, to our online Christmas Service of Worship. Just click on the window below to begin listening.  

The Christmas morning service in Mossley begins at the earlier time of 10am on Friday. We look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour together.

The Leadership Team at Mossley would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a blessed, peaceful Christmas and the hope of a much happier New Year.

Listed below, to aid you in your worship, you will find the relevant NIV bible verses to follow.

Sermon Audio Video conducted by Rev Sam Campbell of Mossley Methodist Church
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

John 1
The Word became flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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For details on where this sermon can be listened to via a telephone landline (expressly for parishioners who do not have internet access to this website). Click HERE

Follow this link if you feel there is someone who would benefit from accessing this service via their telephone. Calls at a local rate.

Follow this link for ‘details on how to give’ during Covid-19