Sunday 5th January 2020

January 5th, 2020

FIRST SERVICE OF THE NEW YEAR  led by Suzanne Nockels

John 1  1-18   FOMO  a new word in the English Dictionary   meaning      Fear of missing out     there is alway disappointment when you find out you have missed something that was really important   – John foretold the birth of the Messiah  but when this happened He was not recognised by the masses until much later   and not even by all when His life ended.   What event are you looking forward to in 2020 that yo cannot possibly miss ??                               Matthew 2  1-12  The Three Wise Men    wanted to offer homage to the King  so went to Jerusalem to Herods palace.  (In those days it was customary to offer homage to a new King so he would not invade your country)   The star eventually led them to the baby and they offered him their gifts    but they did not tell Herod where He was  because he had lied when he said he wanted to worship the baby too  –  sometimes we pretend homage to Christ too   it is easy to pay homage to the wrong person.   To look in the wrong place.       When we pay homage to Him we receive His blessing.  Jesus told his disciples to go out into the world  not following the star but Him.   Shall we do the same ?

Sunday 29th December 2019

December 30th, 2019

The last Sunday of the year  led by Suzanne Nockels   We started with a Tapton Quiz of the last year.

We were shown photographs of events which had taken place at Tapton during the year and asked what they were and did we remember them.       Did we treasure any of these events more than any other ?     In Matthew 18 21-35 we heard of the servant who owed his master  and when he pleaded he was let off the debt  but he went out and met someone who owed him  and he demanded his money     when his master heard     what he had done  he was annoyed and punished the man.           Jesus was asked how many times should we forgive  – 7 times ?  No   we must always try to forgive.    Letting go of a grudge can be very difficult   how many time has Jesus forgiven us ??      Let us go into 2020  remembering the things we have treasured in the last year  and forgiving and forgetting all the bad things.

Sunday 22nd December 2019

December 22nd, 2019

The singing at our carol service today was led by some members of the Loxley Silver Band    the church was full and together with readings of the story of the birth of Christ we had  poems by John Betjamen and Alan Titchmarsh,  and other works by various authors   read by members of the congregation        it was a truly uplifting service     Followed by refreshments in the hall      no better way to start Christmas.


There will be a short service on Christmas Day at 10.15a.m.

Sunday 15th December 2019

December 15th, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels     Where wil you be at Christmas, will you be at home or away visiting,  who will you be with?      Sometimes visits are not good  and we come away wishing we had never gone,  other times  we get so much from the visit we could have stayed longer.  We give of ourelves when we visit  and we receive from who we are visiting.

Luke 1     Mary went to visit her cousin Elisabeth when  both were pregnant  and both benefited from the visit  :  Mary  received love and affection,  assurance that Elizabeth believed in the miracle of her baby,  Elizabeth,  the older woman received comfort to be told that God was with her,    Mary sang a song that has been passed down through generations,The Magnificat  Luke  1  v 46.   Mary was not the meek and mild girl so often shown,  she was courageous  she travelled 70 miles over  difficult terrain to visit Elizabeth,  she voiced her opinion,  she went with Joseph to Egypt on a donkey,  she gave birth in a stable  and she accepted the praise of all who came to see her baby but most importantly she was chosen by God to have the baby

We are all weary because of things that have taken place recently  and we are ready to enjoy carols and visiting and receiving visitors   and to receive emotional support as well as give of ourselves to anyone who needs us.     We have hopes   will you  ask anyone you meet what are their hopes for the future

We heard from Bernie who told us about the charity Maher which we are supporting this year   It was founded by a catholic nun who originally opened one home in India to help women   there are now 45 homes  helping women and children  some  are mentally disadvantaged, some very elderly,  abused,  or destitute   all being helped to look to the future when they leave Maher.

Sunday 8th December 2019 CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

December 9th, 2019

Leader : Rev.Dr Janet  Wootton    Light in the darkness                                Janet began by wishing the church Happy 166th Birthday and said her theme was Light and a light had shone through the windows for 166 years.

A worker for Chocolate Box, run by the Church Army, then told us about  the work they are doing  bringing caring and help to vulnerable women  –  a light in their lives.

We were then shown the new “Welcome” sign that we had all painted a small part of  – this will go in the front porch to welcome all who enter from us all.

Janet’s theme for her year as President of the Congregational Federation is  “The future of the Federation”  we were all asked to write down what we thought was the basis of Congregationalism and Janet discussed these thoughts.

We follow Christ as head of the church and are self  supporting so only have Him to answer to.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY 8th December 2019

December 3rd, 2019

Rev Dr Janet Wootton  President of Congregational Federation will lead our service and we will also have a visit from one of the helpers at another of the charities we are supporting this year at 2.45   all welcome.

Please remember Loxley Silver band are coming to lead carol singing on the 22nd Dec at 2.45


Sunday 1st December 2019 ADVENT SUNDAY

December 1st, 2019

Leader :Suzanne Nockels        Boxes-   imagine living out of  a box or suitcase    not being settled    in a “between time”  what does the future hold ?    i.e refugees,  flood victims,   homeless.                                                                                                            Today we heard a speaker from the Good News Family Care Home in |Buxton  who told us the work they are doing with abused and vulnerable people   since opening in 1994 they have helped more than 3,400 individuals who were in an in between place..   They also have a farm where people with problems can be helped by working with the animals  particularly  horses  This is one of the charities we are supporting this year and it was extremely interesting to hear what they do   Gods Love in Action.

Reading :   Matthew 24 36-44         we know how anxious we get when we are waiting for something   and it is late we keep watch      we  all have times of waiting and watching  Matthew talks about waiting  one day Jesus will come   are you watching    are you ready ?


Sunday 1st December Advent Sunday

November 24th, 2019

We have an Advent Wall of twenty boxes and we would like people to bring gifts for various charities

Chocolate Box   a charity that befriends sex workers   –  asking for ladies pampering item i.e. bubble batch, shower gel etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Good News Hope Centre for victims of domestic abuse  – duvet covers, cutlery, mugs, cookware etc                        Maher – a project in India helping men, women and children exercise their right to  higher quality of life.  asking for cash donations  to be put in an envelope marked Mahler please.

The boxes will be in place until Christmas.  If you wish to know more about any of the charities    ask our Church Secretary Darryl Lomas  or come on the 1st to hear from Hazel from Good News.     8th Church Anniversary with Rev.Dr Janet Wootton and hear about Maher   and     15th Chocolate Box

Sunday 24th November 2019

November 24th, 2019

Leader:  Ray Briddon  from Bakewell      “Living water”                                                                                                  Readings : Jeremiah 2  4-12  John 7  37-44                                                                                                                                         Ray played his guitar and sang a solo   “Have we gone too far?  Is there no way back?”                                                            Water is essential to life     but it can be a blessing or  curse as has been shown quite recently with the suffering caused by flooding.    Genesis mentions water for the first time  but it is mentioned continually through the bible.  One very familiar story is that of Noah  who saved some people  but others who had disobeyed God perished.                 In the story of the Samaritan woman   Jesus asks for a drink of water  and in return will give the water of life which satisfies,  and gives eternal life.     Jeremiah talks about the people ignoring God and building cisterns of such poor quality they leaked                                                                                                                                                                                     Jesus and God are the only ones who can provide us with living water   dont build broken cisterns    draw your water from the only source.

Sunday 17th November 2019

November 17th, 2019

Leader:    Mark Taylor  from Newark

what have these three symbols in common  ?

an x  a heart   a rose      Love                                                                                                                                                                   Not only should we love our family and friends,   those we know   we should also love  those we dont know, people we meet in the street, on the bus, people who are different   in nationality   creed

Readings :    Leviticus 19  9-18       Luke 10 25-35

The Good Samaritan story    An expert in church law  asks Jesus  how he can get into heaven   Jesus tells him to love your God with all your soul  mind and heart and your neighbour  as yourself   and that is all you need    In Leviticus  God gives us other instructions

God wants us to love one another     Jesus is asked “who is my neighbour?”   our neighbour can be anyone  regardless of beliefs and doctrines   nationality sex  none of these things matter  – caring does.  Put people into categories   will not do  everyone is a potential neighbour.