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Sunday 15th July 2018

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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.

Film Show ‘Suffragette’

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Continuing the suffragette theme, on Wednesday 4th July, the church hosted a showing of the film ‘Suffragette’ whilst enjoying light refreshments.

Crosspool Festival History Walk & Story of Adela Pankhurst

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

On Tuesday morning 2 July about 35 people took part in a guided walking tour of historical sites in Crosspool finishing at Tapton for refreshments.

In the evening the church hosted a well attended talk by Sue Widdows on Adela Pankhurst and her suffragette family.




Organ recital by John Silverton

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

On Sunday 1st July as part of the Crosspool Carnival, our talented organist John Silverton gave a recital at St Francis Church.

John an organ scholar from Lincoln Cathedral played a mixture of well known and less well known pieces.

Sunday worship – Father’s Day – 17th June 2018

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading:  Luke 15:11-32

As this is Fathers Day Suzanne chose the parable of the Prodigal Son.  Choosing two members of the congregation to act out the roles of the Father and the son who requested his inheritance early. Having squandered his money and suffered the ignominy of eating with the pigs he returns home to be welcomed by his father who does the shocking thing of running to greet him.

The older son who worked hard on the land takes umbridge and questions why his father had never thrown a party for him?  He misses the point that God is always welcoming and in the Father we see that he saw the son a long way off suggesting he was always looking for him returning as is God our Father.

The older son should recognise what is available in the Fathers House and avail himself of those things.  He should not feel he is better than the younger son for what he has done.

In our ordinary lives we have to interact with people. We should have a mission to breathe together the Holy Spirit and love one another. This should change where we stand for love in the Kingdom of God.  In Paul’s letter to Ephesus he starts close to home with the family and we are in a good position to enhance family values with fuller and richer lives.

The letter to the Ephesians is radical suggesting mutual submission whoever we are and in a patriarchal world this was controversial. Eph 4 particularly controversial as fathers had tremendous power. Paul is saying transcend the normal dad with love.

Take a breath of Spirit and become agents for the Kingdom of God  Why – because our faith demands it.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels                                                                                                         Baptism of baby James Peter Bradley                                                                   The theme for the afternoon was prayer.           It was good the see the church full  with young couples and their children  all happy to worship together and to share food and fellowship afterwards.

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Bible study was led by Mary Coates

God is Love    Corinthians 1  13  v1 –    Faith, Hope and Love  the greatest of these is Love.     Love  Protects, perseveres, is patient,  kind and never fails.

There are many different forms of love  :                                                      Man/woman  – caring, sharing, protecting and also the physical side.       Parents/children  –  caring sharing, protecting, teaching.   The caring bond seems to change from one side to the other as the children get older.            Our parents  – do we love one more than the other ?  why?                                But best of all is the Love of God   which covers all these things and more.   In our darkest hours we tend to forget God and try to resolve things on our own –  that is the time we should go to Him   He is there always.

There is Faith and Hope  and Love       but the greatest is Love.

Sunday Worship 27th May 2018

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Leader: Darryl Lomas

Psalm 51 v10-13     Whitsuntide/Pentecost,   Following our gathering at Hillsborough Tabernacle last week with other churches and friends Darryl reminded us of past Whitsuntide gatherings when friends from all churches met together to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the hopes that we all have that perhaps in the future these will be revived.

Romans 8    Do you leave your t v switched on standby so it is ready?     In Jerusalem the Disciples were on standby .. are we on standby ?  Do we need to be switched on ready  or are we switched on now ?  Have we received the Holy Spirit or are we still waiting ?  The way to God is through the Holy Spirit