Archive for December, 2013

Sunday 29th December 2013

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Leader : Pat Moseley
LOOKING BACK
Readings: Psalm 33
Romans 12
Jesus washed the disciples feet = he was their servant so too we should serve – with a friendly greeting, a smile, a cup of tea.
Pat then went on to talk of her memories over the last …years at Tapton – starting with time in the beginners class with Miss Andrews, then through all the classes in the Sunday School, the Girl’s Brigade, Choir, Youth Club, Scripture Exam and so on ..
(things many of us also remember) each of the memories was connected with people who served the church and through them we came to know Jesus Christ and to have faith today and we give thanks for all of them – we look forward to 2014 and hope that in future years when someone looks back they will remember those who served.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Friday, December 27th, 2013

We held a short service on Christmas morning led by Darryl Lomas our Church Secretary – the theme was The Baby two thousand years ago and babies now. It was lovely to see younger members joining with us on this very special day.

Sunday 22nd December 2013

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Leader : Sally Bradley
“Embrace” a charity set up to aid people in the Middle East who suffer poverty and injustice was the inspiration for today’s service.
We sang carols from their carol sheet and the readings were suggested by them, and ably put together by Sally. Various members of the congregation read passages from the old and new testaments and each had an emblem to suit their readings which they hung on a tree branch i.e. New growth on a tree, heart, crown, sunrise, carpenter’s tools, sheep and camel and donkey.
What a wonderful way to start Christmas week.

CHRISTMAS DAY
A short service will be held at 10.15a.m.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Sunday 22nd December 2013 at 2.45p.m.

CHRISTMAS DAY
Short service at 10.15a.m.
Why not start your Christmas by joining us ?

Sunday 15th December 2013

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Leader: David Carter
Reading: Isaiah 53
Interests in music change over the years – jazz to classical etc., but when we hear Handel’s Messiah and the words spoken by the prophet we cannot fail to be moved. So it was when Jesus was born – 1 in 3 did not hear what the prophets were saying and some of those who did hear did not understand. v 14 says “SURELY” they had got it wrong Gods son was born without sin and he died to carry our sins. We thank God at this time for His Son – the baby Jesus.
Paul persecuted Christians but then he met The Lord – we should all be affected by the words in Isaiah because “he carried our sins” At this time of celebration of The Birth remember also The Death which set us free from sin if we believe in Him.

CENTENARY SERVICE 8th December 2013

Monday, December 9th, 2013

100 years since the first service was held in the present building
What a celebration Hallelujah
Leaders: Rev. Bill & Mrs Betty Bentham
We began by remembering Nelson Mandela and the example he has left for us all.
Betty then told a story of a lad who heard a circus was coming to town so he went and was excited by all the noise and the procession of performers, animals etc., but when the clowns came at the end he put his money in their buckets and went home – he did not know what was to follow in the big tent – how many people do we know who come to church and enjoy it but then go home and do not stay or come again to hear the REAL story about Jesus and the example he has set us.

There was a man who always called his wife, dearest, darling, my love etc., and he was admired for this but when asked if they were still so much in love after 50 yrs he said “my memory is not as good as it was and I cannot always remember her name so play it safe” What another example for us.
Rev.Bentham took the rest of the service
Rdg.Corinthians 12 12-20 One body, many parts.
If you are out in the countryside walking and you see a hill, you want to get to the top but sometimes it proves very steep and you want to give up but you persevere and when you reach the top you are overjoyed. Tapton has worked hard all year to celebrate 100 yrs but this is not the end – there are more things to achieve in God’s name – why do people come? is it the nearest church? Is it the social side ? is it the welcome? we are Congregationalists – we are a free church – a freedom paid for by peoples lives – we are close to the early church in our beliefs
the Holy Spirit came down on EVERYONE not just the disciples, change is necessary – evolution not revolution
Get to the top of the hill and see the view but look further and you will see there are other hills to climb – have faith – keep going however steep the path

The service was followed by a shared tea and an anniversary cake made and iced by Pat Moseley.

Centenary Meal – Saturday 7 December 2013

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Today 28 people from the church went to the Crosspool Tavern for a carvery meal in celebration of our church anniversary weekend. 100 years since the current church building was erected on the site of an existing tin chapel.

There were differing views on the meal but everyone enjoyed fellowship meeting together away from the church.

Tomorrow we welcome Rev Bill Bentham and his wife Betty, Chair of the North East Area of the Congregational Federation to lead our Anniversary Service at 2.45pm.

Bible Study Wed. 4th Dec. 2013

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Leader Darryl Lomas
The Nativity
We had an extremely interesting evening looking at the Gospels to see what was written abut The Nativity and in Matthew we find a report of the problems faced by Joseph when he was told Mary was pregnant – then the journey of the Magi from the East and their visit to king Herod before going to Bethlehem to see the baby – then the flight to Egypt and the killing of babies – a lot of problems for everyone BUT all pointing to prophesies coming true. No mention of the Shepherds
Marks Gospel does not mention the birth at all.
Luke tells of the Angels coming to the Shepherds, the joy, the singing, a totally different report. No mention of the Wise men or Herod.
John’s Gospel makes no mention of the Nativity.
But the story of the nativity lives on throughout the years – Matthew and Luke’s stories have been combined.

ADVENT SUNDAY 1st December 2013

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

we followed an order of service prepared for us by John Silverton.
Various members took part with readings, prayers etc., during the service the first candle on the advent ring was lit.
The talk during the service was given by our church Secretary, Darryl Lomas – he spoke of the advent ring – the never ending circle, the candles “the eternal light” and the holly representing the crown of thorns. His Advent message was “Hope” & “Waiting”
HOPE what do we hope for at Christmas?? Presents we really want, good food, family get-to-gethers?? Mainly happiness. Sometimes hope is all some people have. God is the source of hope for all of us it is something we cannot describe or touch but we all know what hope is.
WAITING the Advent Message
A time of waiting to celebrate the nativity, the early people were waiting for a Saviour, a Ruler. Isaiah spoke of “The coming”
But we are waiting for the second coming when Jesus will come not to rule, not to save us but to judge. We must not just look forward to 25th December but think forward – our actions and deeds will be judged when he comes again – so we WAIT & HOPE
2 Corinthians tells us “each will receive what he deserves”
Enjoy the hoping and waiting but be ready – no-one knows when Jesus will come again.