Archive for the ‘Tapton Year 2017’ Category

Sunday 15th October 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
What would you pack to take on holiday ?
What would a pilgrim take for the journey ?
What is the difference between a atourist and a pilgrim ?
A Tourist wants a comfort break
A pilgrim expects the journey to be hard.
We are all pilgrims on a journey through life
sometimes there is comfort sometimes its hard.
Readings: Jeremiah 29 4 Luke 10 1
We have changes in our lives which send us on different journeys, People in the old testament were constantly on the move – but God was leading them to the promised land.
In our journey God is leading us.

Saturday 14th October 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Gathering of the Congregational Churches of the North East Area.
Several of us went from Tapton and were welcomed to Harden Congregational church by Robert Waddington and a lovely lunch.
The meeting started at 1.30 by devotions led by Robert -”see it, say it, sort it” the whole theme of the afternoon being to try to plan the future of the Area – then followed a session arranged by Keith Bradley when we were asked to briefly write down what we felt was needed to improve the Area and its gatherings. We then split into groups to discuss some of the points raised. It seemed to be a general concern that people in our churches who do not come to the meetings do not know what the Area is for, nor who its officers are, and have no knowledge of the working of the  Federation. The second point of concern was the need for an area carer to keep the churches in contact with one another and to make sure everyone is aware about the Area.
Other points were reaised and these matters will be discussed b the Area Executive and brought to the next meeting which is to be at Scunthorpe Congs. on 10th March 2018

Sunday 8th October 2017

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Leader : Pat Moseley
Following her talk at church previously and the meeting with Thomas this week Pat spoke today about her belief in Congregationalism – not from a theology point of view -  based on our leaflet regarding Congregational membership -.
Readings : Psalm 23 (from The Living Bible)
Jude 20 – 25
We believe in The Priesthood of all believers
Thomas had spoken of the church being his life and Pat felt the same about our church.
There are questions unanswered but that does not matter all we need is a deep faith.
What does it mean to be a member of a Congregational church ?
We are part of the most wonderful society – Christians who publicly declare that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour. These words come from the bible they are not man-made for churches.
Our church is open to everyone – why then be a member ?     We commit publicly to being a member of the body of Christ – He founded it – He is our head.
Paul said – our bodies are made up of many parts,  each part has a place in life,  a part to play – not all can be teachers, theologians, prophets , or work miracles, but we are all given a talent to play our part in the workings of our church. All we need is love.
As members we are obliged to worship together regularly to renew our lives, to receive the Holy Spirit – to share the work of the church,   to take Communion.

Think about our tradition – think about your part in it.

Bible study – 4th October 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Led by: Thomas Kyrgiannis

Recently we were approached by the Greek Orthodox Church wishing to use our premises for their Sunday services.  We were glad to accommodate the request and also witness their inaugural day celebrations.

To understand more of their church and culture, Thomas kindly came along to our normal bible study evening and enlightened us on how their church was formed and has developed, their governance and leadership, their spirituality and sacraments and their culture.

Sunday 1st October 2017

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Jesus knows our humanity – he brings us close to God.

We were asked to write down three words that we think describe us  these were then put in a box and pulled out at random and we had to guess who had written them -  it was very interesting to hear what people thought abut themselves.

John  1  19 = John was asked “Who are you?”

It is important that we know ourselves  but are we as God wants us to be ?

1 Peter 2  1-10

If we were asked to be on the TV programe “Who do you think you are ?” would we accept  ?   Most of us said No.

We will shortly be celebrating Martin Luthers’ act    Reformation  -  who are we as a church ?

what is congregtionalism ? -  what is meant by “The priesthood of all believers?”

Jesus is our High Priest  he brings people to God – but we too can bring people to God

we are all called to serve one another   no one is better than another  – we are given gifts that can be used to serve one another  -  it is not about authority  – it is up to all of us   do not leave it to someone else who you think is more capable   if God calls you to help someone he will give you the ability and the strength to do it.

After the service we were treated to some wonderful food to celebrate 50yrs marriage of Sue and Peter Klein.  Thank you both for this and we wish you well for the future.

Sunday 24th September 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Celebrate the harvest
Leader : Suzanne Nockels
We were shown pictures of various plants and guessed what they were and what fruit they produced : not easy to judge from appearance what they were if you did not know,   and it is the same with people you cannot judge from appearance and certainly do not know  what the person is capable of doing in life.
Jesus said “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep”
You can tell a person by the harvest they produce – Paul gave us the fruits of the spirit ..
joy,  patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control
We then had “Gardener’s Question Time” Suzanne asked Keith various questions about gardening. This was very interesting – how he related gardening to the christian life – using his Gardeners  Encyclopaedia “Bible” to answer questions about plants etc., and his church bible to answer questions about life. Quite a lot depends on trial and error in a garden and in life..
The reading was Luke 13   5-9
The owner of the vineyard wanetd to cut down the fig tree which had not produced fruit but the gardener asked him to give it another year.     He tended the soil and gave it fertiliser and really looked after it to help it to recover and produce fruit again.
Some people are like the fig tree – we cannot always be productive – sometimes we need help to recover.     God is our gardener He knows when we are tired and need help to be ourselves again
If you have been,  or are,  stagnant and unproductive just ask God to help.

The church was decorated in the usual Tapton harvest style but this year we collected tins of food for the S6 food bank instead of bringing fresh produce to sell. We thank all those who decorated the church, who brought gifts or sent them. Making this a lovely harvest celebration.

Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Rev. Constance Coltman

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Rev Suzanne Nockels provided a revealing insight into the life of  Rev. Constance Coltman (nee Todd), one of the first ordained women in Christian Ministry.  Further considering the role of women in churches today.

Sunday Worship 17th September

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Led by Keith Bradley and Pat Moseley

Reading: Psalm 46

During the service Keith asked the challenging question of where is God in the natural disaster occurring in the Caribbean?  Perhaps the psalmist gives us some hope in Psalm 46.

Pat then explained the principles of Congregationalism.

Sunday 10th September 2017

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Leader : Ray Briddon and his wife Beryl
“A Biblical Character -but who?”
Some boys in 1947 discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls – one of them was Ch.61 the Book of Isaiah.
Clue 1 Today Beryl read Isaiah 40 1-11 Words of hope
Clue 2 John 1 19-36
The character is John the Baptist.
He preached “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”
When we enter anything we would like to win –  there is only one winner but there is a runner up – sometimes he is a pacemaker who is important in setting the pace for the winner.
John was the runner up – he paved the way for Jesus.
John spent a long time alone in the desert alone and this fulfilled Isaiah’s prophesy.
He baptized along the shores of the River Jordan and this sgtill goes on to this day.
Eventually Herod had John imprisioned and one day at a banquet Salome asked for John’s head and this was granted to her – this was the end of Johns life – but he had done the work God set him to do.
Jesus said “No one is greater than John”
John’s Preaching was threefold
1. Repentance – sorrow for sin
2. Baptism – when repented be baptised
3. The coming one – salvation
The Good News
In Jesus we have he power to fulfill all that John preached.
Ray played his guitar and sang a lovely song
“The Lamb of God”

Sunday worship – 3rd September 2017 Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Monday, September 4th, 2017

We were invited to think about how we worship , how we listen to God and to really challenge ourselves about any false idols we may have?

We were offered several everyday objects to think about , such as a mobile phone, a football scarf , a clock (representing a busy life). If these things were idols what would their worshipers look like and how would their characters change  by worshiping these objects. One example was ‘face cream’ . We decided the worshipers may be beautiful, young and perfect looking and they would probably become very vain and conceited and ultimately very disillusioned.

False idols can not speak to us or hear us . We could be at risk of becoming  like our idols ?

We are surrounded by a media world selling a dream which is not reality but worshiped by many. People can become restless and unfulfilled. We need to find what Rev Suzanne referred to as a ‘Sabbath connection’. A time to find some peace to listen to Gods voice. Time to rest and be connected to God. Giving him chance to talk to us. We will never be alone in our troubles if we find this connection with our true God and not the false idols around us.

Simple , take time to rest, listen and hear Gods voice…

The service was followed by sharing the communion meal together.