Sunday 16th September 2018

September 15th, 2018

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Whats in the bag ??   We were shown a bag containing various items of food and asked what dish we could prepare from them.  Food banks provide people with bag of items of food  out of which they have to feed their family for a week.  We brought bags of items  for Ben’s Place where they provide a meal for the homeless.   Today is our Harvest Festival and we give thanks for all we have received and for those people who are helping others in need.

Continuing with the theme of Ruth .. Naomi  and her husband and two sons left Bethlehem when there was a famine and moved to Moab  where the two boys married Moabite women.   Unfortunatley after 10 years the men in the family died and Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem  –  her two daughters in law said they would go with her but Orpah changed her mind   only Ruth remained.   They arrived back in time for the harvesting and Ruth went to  glean in the fields.  It turned out the fields were the property of Boaz and he fell in love with Ruth and they married.

Nationalization or privatization ??      in Leviticus 19 it says “don’t reap to the edge of the field and dont pick up grapes that have fallen – leave them for the needy”  today our window ledges were =decorated to illustrate various Sheffield well known products  Hendersons, Steel, Bassets, Our Cow Molly and the Sheffield Honey Co.  Some private some national  but all providing good products  and we brought items for Ben’s place.  We gave thanks for all good gifts around us  for the harvest of different things.

 

 

Sunday worship 2nd September 2018

September 6th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings Psalm 102  & Ruth 1:2-21

Suzanne covered the life of Ruth & Naomi as vulnerable economic migrants.

In particular the mood of Naomi (meaning ‘sweet’) but she wanted to be called Mara (meaning ‘bitterness’).  Did God cause the change?

Suzanne asked what we would feel if we experienced just a little of what they had gone through?  God is great and you can make God what he is to you. Engage with an expansive God or just allow God to walk alongside us.

Women crossing borders today are still vulnerable. Refugees see Ruth ‘selling out’ and side with the figure of Naomi.

Walking together allows us to love them but how far will that love take us together, how determined are we? We are not Jesus who came alongside so many people, but are we good Ruths? Walking with others can be difficult.

The only person who can walk all the way is Jesus.

Learn more as Suzanne considers the book of Ruth over the coming weeks.

 

Sunday worship 26th August 2018

August 31st, 2018

Led By Rev. Liz Maitland

Liz is the Chaplain for a Hospice Chaplaincy linked through Tapton for the Congregational Federation.

Readings Romans 8:12-17  &  John 3:1-17

We join Nicodemus and Jesus Christ having a heart to heart conversation.  The reference to darkness in John relates to not knowing and complication.

Nicodemus asks a question but after the conversation was it any clearer to him?

WE are faced with many questions that do not have an answer.  Why has it happened? What’s my life meant? What happens when I die?

Was Nicodemus testing a theory that Jesus was from God, wanting to know the mystery of miracles. How did he understand being ‘born again’?

God loves us like a parent and a new born child.  Abba Father, we are children of God.  Nicodemus was asking if God was happy with the direction he was taking?

We can all continuously wrestle with questions but not arrive in any place of certainty.

 

 

 

 

 

7th September 2018

August 22nd, 2018

The talk on the rise and fall of music halls has been cancelled.  Sorry folks.

Sunday 12th August 2018

August 13th, 2018

Leader :Margaret Wells

Travels/Journeys   whether on a holiday, business trip, commute to work or just out and about we all are on a journey   -life is a journey    Wherever we are going we need to be prepared and organized –  some journeys are straightforward  others more complicated.   In the Bible there are many stories of journeys   Exodus 12 v 31 we hear of the journey Moses had to take to lead the people out of Egypt  – God told them how to prepared and what they should do. Mary & Joseph took a journey when they set off for Bethlehem on Gods advice.  Jesus travelled many miles doing His Father’s work but his last journey Luke 19 v28 was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

We are travellers with God  do we do His work ?

August 2nd, 2018

Tapton is open as usual for services at 2.45p.m on a Sunday   but sorry no blog due to holidays

Sunday 22nd July 2018

July 22nd, 2018

Leader : Rev. Alan Hindmarch    Readings : 2Samuel 7 Mark 6 30

Cliff Richards and Rv Hindmarch were born on the same day & he has followed the singer and his concerts – but sometimes the number of people wanting to attend are far more than the venue can cope with  and it causes concerns.

When Jesus saw the number of people who had travelled from throughout the region to see him and hear him he was concerned.  Jesus was from the house of David who had been a shepherd – Jesus called himself The Good Shepherd – a good shepherd knows all his sheep and cares for each one  and so Jesus cares for us and leads us –   Are we prepared to put ourselves out to trave for Himl, to listen to Him, to hear Him and to believe in Him  to-day all the time, all the way ?

Sunday 15th July 2018

July 15th, 2018

Leader : Mrs Patricia Moseley

This talk was about tables  –  Pat started by telling us about the interest shown by the school children on their visit to Tapton about the communion table.    They wanted to know why a table could be so special  in a church  –  some of them were  aware of altars,  others knew of other items in a church or place of worship that were special   but not a table  – such an ordinary item of furniture.    So  why is our communion table so special ???   Years ago children at Tapton were not allowed to make a noise,  run or even go into the actual church unless supervised  – and certainly were not allowed to touch anything on the communion table.   This was the table were the communion was served,with symbols of His blood and body (wine and bread) when the words of Jesus were repeated and his life and death were remembered.   It was for the feeding of the soul.     Pat then remembered the table in her home when she was growing up  –  also the centre piece of the home  –  where her Mother fed the family – their bodies.    Both tables are important to everyday living.    But today  things are different  –  children are allowed to make noise and run around anywhere in the church   and it seems strange for them that a table is anything special   even some adults find it strange.        we were told the story of an old, very poor man who was passing a church and heard singing so he went in and sat at the back     after the service no one spoke to him   but then the vicar came and said to him  “next time you want to come in here will you please clean yourself up and not wear rags”   He went home very distressed and spoke to God and asked him what he should do.  God answered by saying he could not advise him because he has not been in that particular church   He had not been invited.       The man in the reading Luke 14  v 15-24 had invited friends to a great feast     but many of them made excuses as to why they could not attend  =  this happens so often today too –  but he then sent his men out to invite the poor, lame blind to his table.                                                                Some of us  at Tapton may have some “old fashioned” ideas   (e.g.the table) which   are difficult to understand in todays world      but we have all certainly invited God into our fellowship and also welcome anyone who wishes to join us at any time.         If we come to Him and take Him into our hearts he will stay with us.

Worship Sunday 8th July

July 14th, 2018

Lunchtime spent on Lydgate Green in fellowship with members from other Crosspool churches to mark the end of Crosspool Festival week, with the message delivered jointly led by our Minister, Rev Suzanne Nockels and Rev Will Fletcher from Stephen Hill.

We then moved to Tapton for our afternoon service conducted by Suzanne continuing the theme of strong women in the bible.

Strength comes in differing forms be it courage or being different from the norm. Courage to stand up to authority or to take a different course of action.

Jesus brings Mary’s brother Lazarus back to life and Mary during a meal anoints Jesus with expensive perfume bringing complaints from some of the disciples.

Suzanne then referred to Harry Potter and the paintings hanging on the school wall coming to life, leading Suzanne to question what the statues in Parliament Square might be ‘thinking’ when a new statue of  Millicent Fawcett a British intellectual, political leader, activist and writer primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women’s suffrage was situated alongside them.  On the banner she carries is inscribed ‘Courage calls to courage everywhere’.

Courage can be like the fires on the moors, spreading quickly over a wide area. Similarly fear the opposite of courage can spread and be difficult to contain.

Courage to challenge the norm alone can be difficult but if you are doing the right thing then others will join you. We need to put courage on display.

In Acts 4 John and Peter are put in prison for their belief and as a result several thousand men came to believe. When told to stop spreading their message ‘ Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

We must look forward and encourage others to be strong in imparting the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

Saturday7th July 2018

July 7th, 2018

Some of us went from Tapton today to visit Saltaire and had a good day out.   It was lovely to meet up with  friends from other churches in the NE Area and  for those of us who went on the history walk  it was extremely interesting and informative.          We had the  use of the kitchen and facilities in the wondrous URC Church and this was much appreciated – special thanks to the folk from Harden who provided the refreshments and helped all day.    This was a well planned  happy day.