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Sunday 10th December 2017

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

OUR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
We were delighted to welcome Rev. Janet Wootton from Bedford to lead our service today despite the snow and forecast of more to come.
Janet’s theme for the afternoon was darkness v light.
Janet told us of her visit to a remote part of India where she was asked to light a beacon on top of a mountain – when lit the flame spread up to the top of the pole to a beacon which could be seen for miles around – a light in the darkness showing christianity to all.
In Isaiah 60 we read “The light of the Lord will shine …..I The Lord will be your eternal light”.
John 9 tells the story of the man, blind from birth, whose sight Jesus restored on the Sabbath.
The man had been in darkness all his life but Jesus gave him light.
Some in the crowd blamed his blindness on sin.
When the man was healed he said it was The Prophet who had given him his sight
The Pharisees did not believe him. He was in the light they were in darkness.
His parents agreed he had been born blind but dare not go against the Pharisees so they said “ask him, he is an adult” they feared being thrown out of the temple.
Some are victims of prejudice and others are full of prejudice.
Some are in physical darkness, others emotional darkness – we are blind – but we will see.
Find Jesus He is the light of the world
Darkness is not stronger than light – if you come to Jesus you will find the light.
Reassure others – there will be darkness – but the light will overcome that darkness.

Advent Sunday Service

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Arranged by organist John Silverton involving a number of church members.

Theme: ‘But who may abide the day of His coming?’

Readings:

Malachi 3 vv 1-3,  Isaiah 64 vv 1-8,  Roman 13 vv 8-14, Mark 13 vv 24-37 & Luke 21 vv 25-27

Sermon led by Mr Darryl Lomas

As the church lit the first Advent candle there is a ray of hope in this season of hope.  Will we get the present we want for Christmas? Will family and friends take the hints or get something we dont want?

As we witness the build up to Christmas we are bombarded with adverts full of joy and goods but it wont be full of joy for all.  In Romans, God is the source of hope through his grace. Hope of what will come on earth – real hope.

Advent is latin for coming, the coming of our Lord and Saviour.  We will be tested and we hope for a good future for our families, but this is a time of waiting. The early church waited for the coming Messiah promised in Isaiah. Waiting can be a passive experience e.g. in a Doctors waiting room or at the train station. As Christians, as we await a second coming we must not be passive but prepare ourselves.

Some see the birth of Jesus Christ as a meek and mild event in a stable but his actions were radical so for the second coming we expect his arrival in judgement of  our actions or inactions. In Corinthians we read that we will get what we deserve.

Sunday 26th November 2017

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Today was our Gift Sunday
we brought gifts of toiletries etc., for the Good News Family Care at Buxton. We heard about its formation and how they help some of the homeless, abused, and needy people of the area.
If we are given a coupon to get something free from a shop are we suspicious? Do we ask why ? is it a gift ? – are we suspicious of anyone offering us something that is free ?
Grace is given freely – but do we accept it?
Today we give freely and with grace our gifts to this caring home for the needy in Buxton.
Reading : Ephesians 2 1-9
Paul is accusing the people of being spiritually dead. The diagnosis is that Sin is the start of a lot of problems – we need to be cured.God’s mercy is free for all.  If we accept his gift it will give us life in full.
v.5 in the reading says ” “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Sunday 19th November 2017

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Leader: Jonathon Youden
Readings : Genesis 45 1-15
Mark 7 24 -35
In Mark’s reading we wonder why was Jesus so rude to the Gentile woman who asked for his help. Was it perhaps because he had wanted his visit to that house to not be announced ? Was it that she was a Gentile?
He called her a dog.  But Jesus was surprised by her answer. Perhaps he had just been testing her. The thing which impressed Him was she had faith in Him. It was that faith which cured her daughter.
Some people are accused of only going to church when they want something — there are some church people who talk of someone as “not being one of us”
All need achievable objectives but these must not be the only aims
It doesnt matter who a person is they all need to hear the gospel – to be told about Jesus.
What benefits can we offer those who we say are “not one of us”?
WE HAVE A GOSPEL TO PROCLAIM

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Bible Study
Leader : Jean Bradley
Meaningless words ?????
We talked about all the meaningless words that are spoken every day – i.e Have a nice day etc. etc. and we then discussed how many times the words of the Lords Prayer are just meaningless to people who recite them parrot fashion and don’t even bother to think what they are saying – we especially looked at “God’s will be done” and “Forgive us our Trespasses” and what these mean to us.

Saturday 18th November 2017

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Why not come to Tapton between 2 and 4 p.m and have a chat and cuppa with friends ?

Sunday 12th November 2017

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

REMEMBRANCE DAY
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
We were shown some aritfacts from WW1
war
army compass,cigarette lighter, cap badge. some trench art, Princess Mary tin & brooch
and from WW2
Penkife. incendiary bomb and serviceman’s bible
Mementos – but we do not need such things to remnid us of the two wars – we will not forget them.
Does God remember ?
He gave us the ranibow to remember Noah and the great flood. Psalm 56 says “You store my tears in a bottle”
So God remembers us when we have troubles
We have the Bible with His words to guide us through the good times and the bad.
When we break bread at communion we are remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross on our behalf.w
Names of those from Tapton who had served in the war were then read out and we remembered them and the sacrifice they had made as we stood in silence.

Reading for today : Deut. 8 11-
“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord”
Not only is it important to remember those in the forces we must also remember the thousands of others, many who also lost their lives as ARP wardens, Home Guard, WRVS,
munitions workers, farmers, fishermen, miners etc., all who worked day and night to support this country – do not forget them.
History cannot be forgotten – but some things in it need to be forgiven.
We must trust in God and look forward to the future.

Friday 10th November 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

We had a very interesting talk by Dan Eaton about the role that Lydgate Lane School played as a hospital and the work done at Wesley hall, Crookes did BUT we also heard about the young men who went to fight for our country, some of who did not return most only 18 or 19 one of 16, and as we looked at their photographs and heard their names read out – WE REMEMBERED THEM

5th November 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Sunday Service
Leader : Suzanne Nockels

1st November 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Bible Study
Leader: Darryl Lomas