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Sunday worship

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Led by Susannah Youdan

Susannah led the congregation through the ‘Apostles Creed’

Readings: Acts 17:22-31  & 1 Corinthians 15

Saturday 20th October 2018

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Coffee & refreshments this afternoon  2-4.00 o clock

Sunday 14th October 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Leaders : Rev.Bill & Mrs Betty Bentham

Betty told us one of her memorable stories   this time about a young man who went for an interview at a telegram office  –  there were several applicants all sitting round waiting to be called  – suddenly  onegot up and went into the interview room –  he came out with the manager who shook his hand and said he had got the job  –  the others were amazed   they hadnt’ even been called in,  and asked why –  they were told  the morse tapping they had all heard had called them in one by one     but only one person had listened enough to recognize what it was  –   do we listen to be called   or are we too busy with other things  ??

Readings : – Genesis 17   Luke 19   Zacheus                                   This is a story we all know, full of action,  but do we get caught up with the story and miss the message? The previous chapter had told about the rich man who was told to give away his wealth – this continues from there – Jericho was a a rich trading place – the Romans knew this and appointed tax collectors to get as much money as they could out of the citizens – Zacheus was one.   He heard that Jesus was coming so he hid in a tree – but Jesus knew he was there and told him to come down and provide a meal.   During this perhaps Jesus told Zacheus of his moral responsibility – we are not told – but it is clear that this man who had been rejected by all is neighbours was sort out by Jesus and  redeemed.    This is a story to know and tell that God intervenes in this world  – Jesus was sent to save those who are lost

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels       week 4 of Ruth

A straight line  – is life like a straight line or does it have ups and downs ?  Boaz thought that someone closer in line to Naomi’s husband should have the option to buy the plot of land which Naomi was selling  and which had belonged to her husband  and as was the custom in those days  whoever owned this land  owned Ruth too. The man who said he would buy the land  did not realize this and when he found out he withdrew his offer  so Boaz bought the land  v13 so Boaz   took Ruth to be his wife and she bore him a son. A grandson for Naomi.   So both women’s lives were certainly not a straight line   – first the famine in Bethlehem, then the move to Moab,  the deaths of the men in the family, the journey back to Bethlehem,  the hardship of living as two women without a man,  then the sale of the land and Boaz and Ruth’s marriage –  is your life a straight line  or do you have ups and downs?


The service ended with Holy Communion.

Saturday 6th October 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Tapton was host to friends from Congregational churches in the North East Area   with a welcome meal  at 12.30.   The speaker was Rev Peter  Thomas  from Grasssington,  he gave us various ideas for spreading the word  telling us about his visits to schools,      The business side of the meeting covered many things of interest to us all.    After the meeting we met again over a cup of tea.   A good time was had by all.

Bible Study

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Based on Genesis 22:1-4

We reflected on the faith of Abraham as he was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Do we recognise our  gifts from God and take them for granted?   Here was God asking for his gift of Isaac back.

We considered the hardest thing faced by all the characters in the story, in particular the faith shown by Abraham.

Considering the earlier promise God made to Abraham in Gen 21:12 indicating Isaac would provide Isaac’s offspring

In the New Testament in Hebrews 11:17-19 Paul comments on the ‘sacrifice’ of Isaac and considers the idea of resurrection.

Finally Suzanne compared the qualities of Abraham with that of Jesus Christ with the attitudes shown in Philippians 2:6-10.

Sunday 30th September 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Leader: Suzanne Nockels        Week 3 of “Ruth”

Reading:  Ruth 3  1-15

Naomi says to Ruth “I must find a home for you”

Home – what is a home ?   It is a familiar place, a private place, a warm place, a relaxing place.   It can be any four walls and roof if Jesus comes and makes His home with us.    Ruth’s life had been very grey and depressing for years  but she was young and had hopes for a greener future.  Her life was a “bare patch”  where is your bare patch?     Nature reclaims derelict buildings and bare patches with greenery.  There is hope for anyone going through a grey patch.

Ruth had been working in the field gleaning  but now the harvest was over and a night of celebration was planned  -Naomi told Ruth to put on her best gown and perfume and go to the party,  find out Boaz and sleep at his feet.   This she did without question.    When Boaz awoke he asked who she was  – Ruth told him he was her kinsman and  redeemer   he listened to her and promised to help.

Who do you think you are most like in this story ??      Are you Naomi  – a wise person who sees what is needed and nudges folk along.  Or Ruth, who does what she is asked to do but is a strong character who speaks up when necessary. Or Boaz  someone who does not know their worth, their abilities ??

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Leader : Ray Briddon

The theme for today was “Messiah”

Reading :  Psalm 19   Mark 8 21-

We were treated to a guitar solo from Ray “Let your love be my guide”

In Mark 8  v22   Jesus asks the disciples “Who do people say that I am ?  and “Who do you say I am ?”    they replied the people were divided  some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and others  one of the prophets.      Peter had no hesitation in saying “You are the Messiah”  The Son of God.

The Messiah was known as “The Anointed one”  Kings were anointed (and still are) with Holy Oil      Priests sere anointed with Oil   The Messiah is also a priest  Prophet were anointed with oil  The Messiah is a prophet.

Again Ray sang to us    “The Anointed one”

Do we agree that Jesus is The Messiah – does he tick all the boxes ??      Yes,  of course – He fits every mention of The Messiah in the  Bible

If we believe he is The Messiah then we need to :  be saved,  be forgiven,  have salvation, surrender to His will.   Can we do this ???


Sunday 16th September 2018

Saturday, September 15th, 2018


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

Thursday, 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.