Archive for November, 2014

Sunday 30th November 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

ADVENT SUNDAY
Service arranged by John Silverton/Tom Lomas, with various members of the church taking part.
The fist candle on the advent wreath was lit.
Tom gave the talk – “what are you waiting for?” what are we waiting for? Is it for the shops to open, is it to get ready for guests or is it to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?
Are some people so busy with the trivial things that they miss the point ?? Do they think advent is a time to let their hair down and enjoy parties?? We need to remember as we prepare to celebrate his birth, that Christ is still with us here today.
In America they celebrate Thanksgiving – perhaps we should have a thanksgiving day to give thanks for all the good things that God has done for us? or do we have every day as a thanksgiving day?
There is a saying “practice makes perfect” BUT practice will only make perfect if you know what you are doing in the first place.
Practice – prepare – wait for the Lord – search your hearts – do not put off till tomorrow what can be done today.
There is no time scale – travel on your journey and on the way prepare yourself for when He comes again.
Prayer for today ….
O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord, that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise: Amen

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Does God push you around as a child pushes a toy car, or does he control you with strings as a puppeteer does, or maybe you are like a blank sheet of paper to be screwed up – OR is your God loving and caring, close to you?
Genesis 2 4-7 God formed man and breathed life into him
John 20 19 Jesus appeared to the disciples “Peace be with you” and he breathed life into them.
Suzanne was once asked by a 13yr old boy- “what’s a soul?” how does one answer that question ? not easy.
Is it the pared down entity of a person as the Hebrews thought?
God breathed into man – he became a human being – we have taken in the breath of God – and so we live. Breathing is essential to life – leave time to breathe in God – to be alive. Prayer is not easy – talk to God – receive his breath. Jesus prayed a lot to his father and at his end he placed his spirit in God’s hands.
Your soul is the essence of you – God will NOT push you around, he will not pull your strings, he will not screw you up – He will love you for ever.
Be aware of your own breathing

Bible study 19th Nov. 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Leader: Edwin Ashcroft
Another discussion re women of the Bible this time Naomi and Ruth.
Ch 1 The scene is set when Elimelek and his wife Naomi and their two sons left Bethlehem because of famine in the land, and traveled to Moab. There the sons married Moab women Ruth and Orpah. Unfortunately ten years later their 3 husbands died. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem because (Ch.1 v6 The Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them). Naomi told each of her daughter-in-laws to go back to their mothers’ home and to each find another husband. Orpah went back but Ruth stayed with Naomi saying those well known words “don’t urge me to leave you, where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay” a dedication of love still used today by some people.
So after a long and dangerous journey they arrived back in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.
Ch.2 continues – Ruth went to glean in the fields and it so happened she was in a field belonging to Boaz a relative of Naomi. He protected this vulnerable young woman by telling his workmen not to lay a finger on her and to leave more grain for her and he shared food with her.
Ch.3 Naomi started to plan a future for Ruth so she tells her to bathe and put on perfume and go to Boaz, when he had finished eating and drinking, and lay with him which she did. However Boaz told her there is another more closely related to be her redeemer.
Ch.4 Boaz met 10 elders of the town and the other man …. eventually Boaz took Ruth as his wife, and she bore him a son, called Obed, (he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.)
Thus making Ruth David’s great grandmother.
This is truly a love story
The love of Naomi for Ruth, the love and devotion of Ruth to Naomi and the love felt between Ruth and Boaz.

We look forward to Spring 2015 when Edwin will be with us again to talk about Esther and Vashti.

Sunday Service 16th November 2014

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Led by David Carter

Intro  Psalm 117

Reading: John 4: 3-14

Samaritan woman at the well

Text from v13-14

Everlasting life is not simple to attain. The offer of love and forgiveness has to be earnt.

John 1:16  The Grace of God is ours if we recognise what God did for us, sending his Son to die on the cross to save our sins.  It was Jesus’ perfection which meant death could not hold him. We however are not perfect and need to look at ourselves because our sin may disqualify us but remember God will not fail us.

The woman at the well was not in church when she met Christ – she realised he had nothing to raise the water from  the well and Jesus explained his purpose on earth was spiritual water.

Everyone can meet God –  the woman was a Samaritan, avoided by Jews, a sinner on her own and approached by Jesus against all custom.  Despite this Jesus promises forgiveness and everlasting life.

We do not get to know how the meeting affected the woman but are we prepared for such a meeting? Remember we are Christians at all times and live for good but are we growing in faith – consider examining what you do?

Bible Study – 5th November

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Despite it being Bonfire Night  a good crowd gathered to discuss grumpiness.  Based on the reaction of the crowd to Jesus meeting with Zacchaeus where they were grumpy because Jesus was socialising with a sinner and a man hated by the populus.

Keith Bradley led the session with a number of examples from both old and new testament where individuals, small groups and larger crowds were complaining and eventually getting angry.

We finished by looking at how a number of passages provided guidance on the ideal reactions.

Pumpkin Party Friday 31st October

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Members from both Hillsborough & Tapton churches enjoyed the hospitality of Suzanne and Keith Nockels with pumpkin cooked different ways, numerous sweets and games including pumpkin seed tiddly winks.

A collection was taken to assist Syrian refugee children.

Sunday 2nd November 2014

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Leader : Suzanne Youden
The Secret Church
There are millions of Christians who live in countries where Christianity is forbidden – yet their faith is so strong they still want to worship. They have formed “A Secret Church”
We cannot imagine what it must be like to live in a place where neighbours hate you and spy on what you do, where the Bible is forbidden, where you risk gaol or torture if you speak about anyone or anything in the Bible.
Suzanne and her son did a little sketch – two people meet in a tea room – they talk about “our very good friend” (Jesus) and his father (God) they break a biscuit and spill coffee (the bread and wine).
The secret church meet in cellars, in back rooms, they arrive singly, they have a special knock and password to get in – they do not sing hymns, they do not read aloud, bible passages and hymns are memorised, they risk everything just to be together to worship.
What can we learn from them ?
Do we appreciate our freedom – to meet together, to sing hymns, to read and discuss the Bible?
They work together in love and caring and understanding. Do we?
We should remember them and pray for them.
l Corinthians 12 1-27
We read that we are all part of the one body – no one part is more important than another.
The service concluded with Holy Communion.

Saturday 1st November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

North East Area Meeting
held at Driffield Congregational Church. Yes, this is a “business” meeting but is also a chance to meet up with friends from other Congregational Churches in the North East Area and to hear what is going on in their churches. We were sorry that more people were not able to attend as it was a very interesting meeting. Rev.Peter Thomas from Grassington gave a talk about a new project he has with school assemblies and his church. The friends at Driffield made us very welcome and sent us on our way home with a delicious buffet meal.
The next N E Area meeting is to be at Grassington Congregational Church in March 2015