Archive for August, 2013

Harp Concert – Robin Ward 7.30pm Saturday 26 October

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We are very pleased to welcome International harpist, Robin Ward, back to Tapton Hill Congregational Church, Tapton Hill Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, S10 5GB on Saturday 26 of October, as part of his 2013 concert series. Robin gave a marvellous concert in 2012 at the church and we were delighted when he agreed to return this year.

Robin will be presenting a programme that is an exploration of music, played on his own handcrafted triple harp. Robin’s talent, combined with his engaging and informative performance approach, is a treat not to be missed. Audiences thoroughly enjoy the wide selection of Robin’s programmes, as well as his performance style, that brings each piece to life. The programme includes music from Folk Traditions, the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, with a combination of his own transcriptions and music originally written for the instrument.

The concert starts at 7:30pm Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 concession, and free for children under 14. For tickets and enquiries please contact 0114 230 8085.

Originally from New Zealand, Robin is currently residing in the UK, where he has been touring extensively. Over his performing career Robin has played with various orchestras and ensembles, and is now establishing himself as a solo artist. In February 2009 Robin independently released his first solo CD; No Pedals Attached, and he is currently working on his second.

Robin initially learned to play the lever harp, before moving onto the pedal harp, on which he completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, under the guidance of the principal harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to complete a Masters of Music in Performance on the Triple Harp, which is a chromatic instrument with three rows of
strings, instead of one, with no pedals or levers.

Due to the prohibitive cost of buying a triple harp, in order to continue his studies Robin took a typical Kiwi approach, and
ended up building his own instrument. He then taught himself how to play it from surviving sources. From those early days Robin has continued with harp making and exploring the capabilities of the triple harp.

If you would like to read more about Robin please visit

Church Open Day – Saturday 7th September

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The doors of the church will be open to all for tea and coffee from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 7th September. As part of the centenary celebrations we will be decorating the church for harvest festival on the 8th September. We will be displaying memorabilia relating to the church history.

New kitchen

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

As schools are about to return the pressure has been on our builder to finish refurbishing the kitchen. He has a week to source the floor covering and fit a new roller shutter to the serving hatch. No pressure then.

Sunday 25th August 2013

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Whilst some of the church members were away enjoying a closer look at nature, at church camp, the normal afternoon service was led by our very own member Pat Moseley.

Attributes for life:
Grant me O Lord
The simplicity of childhood
Enthusiasm of youth
Wisdom of maturity
Peace of old age

Whilst on two holidays, Pat stayed beside rivers. She likened the rivers to Life. Starting as a spring, it trickles and bubbles as it falls, meeting other streams down the hillside. As it reaches the levels there are wider areas where pools form, providing areas of stillness then as it reaches the sea there is turbulence where the waters meet.
In Revelations John saw a river made of the prime Waters of Life and the book concludes with Jesus inviting us to ‘Drink of the Water of Life’ – very relevant to today.

Friday 23rd August 2013 – Church camp

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Although fewer than usual church members took part in the annual church camp this year, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Campers arrived at the Greensprings camp site, Birdwell on Friday. That night our slumbers were disturbed by a thunder storm. The overnight rain stopped Saturday morning allowing us to walk to Wigfield Farm via Worsborough Dam for coffee. In the evening we enjoyed Chinese take away followed by quizzes and chatting.

Sunday we came together and were each challenged to draw a plan of the original Tabernacle that held the Arc of the Covenant. That led to a discussion over the differences between church and chapel. We then played pitch and putt before walking to Bulhouse Chapel, one of the oldest chapels in the country. Opened in 1692, it lies a mile from Penistone. The chapel began as a Presbyterian meeting house after the Act of Toleration allowed non conformist worship in 1689.

Monday morning in glorious sunshine we returned home.

I’m pleased to report that the midges were not biting and we had an accident free weekend. The only victim was the plastic table used to support the BBQ. Unfortunately the heat from the BBQ melted the centre of the table.

Sunday 18th August 2013 – Led by Fulwood Preaching Team

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Led by Fulwood Preaching Team – sermon by Vince Allsop

Readings: John 3 v14-21 Numbers 21 v4-9

Theme – Darkness and Light

An appropriate theme following the last visit of a Fulwood team to Tapton when reference was made to the end of Matthew’s gospel and the great commission to go out and make disciples of all nations ……Matthew laying it out in the Sermon on the Mount Let your light shine that men see your ‘Good works’.

With darkness comes a fear of what cannot be seen. Jesus removes darkness as he is the ‘light of the world’. In the reading from John the people loved darkness as a way of hiding their actions. Surprising then that they should welcome the introduction of light.

The darkness referred to by Jesus is about mind and body – spiritual darkness. Unfortunately we sometimes trust our own plans rather than the plans God has for us.

With Jesus at our side he is lighting our way. Making us feel safe.

Jesus by dying on the cross became our saviour and thereby removed our sins.

Saturday 21st September

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Loxley Silver Band @ 7.30p.m
Tickets now available £6

Saturday 7th September

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Church will be open 2.00 – 4.00p.m. come and have a look round, meet friends and chat over a cuppa and look at memorabilia of the last 100 yrs.
Sunday 8th September 2.45p.m
Harvest Festival

Sunday 11th August 2013

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Leader: Mike Warren
Reading: Genesis 15
Abram’s vision – Belief – trust
Reading: Luke 12 32 – 40
Don’t be afraid – be ready
Justification by faith
Lazarus was dead – Martha had trust, belief in the Lord – Lazarus lived.
Do not cling to earthly possessions
The son of man is coming again, there are dangers if we are not alert and ready. If we are to be ready then we must trust and believe.

Sunday 4th August 2013

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Leader : Darryl Lomas Tapton Church Secretary

We were overjoyed to hear the news that Darryl is now a Grandfather to William Thomas
born last Wednesday to Tom and Ellie.
The subject for today was “Seasons”
There is a time for everything.
Reading : Ecclesiastes 3
This is a wonderful passage
We all think we are in charge of our own lives – we like to think we are in control – not so – GOD is in the driving seat – he controls everything. He plans the seasons, and our lives. today’s reading has 14 “times” and seasons – we do not always like what life throws at us but we cannot do anything about it.
God knows what, when & where
all we can do is the best we can.
v 12 & 13 tell us to work hard and enjoy life.
We know we will not last for ever – but God will.
v15 “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before”