Archive for April, 2015

Bible Study – 29 April 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Led by Darryl Lomas

As we approach the General & Local Elections, candidates and political parties all want our vote.
From Matthew 27 Darryl considered one of the first votes mentioned in the bible when Pilate asked the people who they wanted to save, Barabus the murderer or Jesus Christ.
We discussed why the people chose not to save Jesus and why a second vote was taken as to the fate of Jesus.

Darryl then compared the questions asked of politicians at this time with those posed to Jesus in Matthew 22. It was clear in both cases that all questions are posed in such a way to trap the candidate or in Matthew, Jesus.

Politicians are renowned for failing to give straight answers but in the case of Jesus we can see how he turned the question back on the people asking the question. in fact in v29 challenging the knowledge of the Saducees.

An interesting and thought provoking evening. Thanks Darryl

Sunday 26th April 2015

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Leader: Margaret Wells
Readings: Psalm l
John 17 6-19
two very different readings.
When an oyster is irritated by a small piece of sand it forms a pearl round it. There are many irritations for us – even a small stone in a shoe can irritate. If we are not careful our irritation grows and festers.
After Easter Thomas would not believe that Jesus had risen until he saw for himself and this caused irritation amongst everyone who did believe – are we full of doubt, do we irritate people? We are not perfect – as it says in the reading “the world will hate us” but we should stand out for our belief – we should not “go with the flow” if we know it is not right to do so – we should not let what other people do irritate us – we should stand out – we ARE different show it by the way we live – what we do – support one another.
We do not have all the answers but we can try.
Work on irritations and try to turn them into pearls.

19th April 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Reading: Mark l 33-39
In the midst of a very busy time Jesus still made time to pray.

We heard from Dawn from The Montgomery which was formerly the Sheffield Sunday School Union, and then Sheffield Christian Education Council before becoming The Montgomery.
She told us they have many resources for churches to borrow or buy, books, dvd’s, visual aids,and they hold Christian events, and theatrical events as well as art exhibition, workshops and a craft group.
A very busy lady – Tapton had a very busy time at Easter, and have been busy since but in Psalm 46 we read “Be still…” this starts with a lot of noise and then God says these words.
It is hard to be alone to pray – but Suzanne set us a challenge – she promises to pray for 10 minutes each day if we will. When you pray try to think of the major events in your life – try to think of friends or family you haven’t seen for a while – try to put everyday things out of your mind. Will you take up Suzanne’s challenge??

Thanks to Dawn for coming. Thanks to Andrew from Mayfield Chapel for coming to play the organ.

After the service over a cup of tea we looked at the various things Dawn had brought.

Bible Study 15th April 2015

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Leader: Mary Coates
Psalm 139
“you have searched me Lord and you know me”
We discussed how well do we know ourselves??
How well do we know our family?
How well do we know friends?
Yet God knows all of us. he knows our going out and coming in, he knows our thoughts.
We talked about memories earliest memories, important memories we do not remember everything that has happened and yet God Knows.
The last two verses should be our everyday prayer “Search me O God and see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”

Prayers for the election

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

On Tuesday 28th April
7.30 – 8.30 there will be prayers for the forthcoming election, at Mayfield Weslyan Reform Church

Christian Aid Walk

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

4th May 2015
Joanne is our representative on the walk – this year we are trying to raise £150 to buy a cow. Please see Joanne if you wish to sponsor her and help towards this.

Sunday 12th April 2015

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Leader Suzanne Youden
Readings: Psalm 139
Job The Greatest man in the East
Satan plans to test Job
his 3 friends say he must have done something wrong and was being punished – Job complains but is told not to.
God asks Job searching questions Job does not reply. He does not understand and he made mistakes.
There are times when we do not understand – i.e when illness comes and we look for someone to blame.
Satan is still roaming the earth – testing us – causing us problems – particularly in churches.
God heard Job’s prayer and will hear ours. He is Omnipotent. he is everywhere. Satan lost the battle at Easter.
Blessed are those who believe.

Sunday 5th April 2015

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

EASTER SUNDAY
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Hallelujah Now is Christ Risen.
Eggs-pectations
We were all given a plastic egg – what was inside?? What did we expect from an Easter Egg? Most had chocolate but one had a stone, one a figure in white
When the women went to the tomb of Christ they had expectations – but all was not as they had thought – the stone was rolled away and a figure in white was in the tomb.
There are stones (obstacles) in our lives that we worry how we are going to move – what are our expectations? They should not be low, all is possible with God.
“Lord when we expect something is dead
Roll away the stone
When all we’ve got is worry and despair
Roll away the stone
When all we see are obstacles and obstructions
Roll away the stone.
The women went to the tomb in despair and met “a figure in white” who told them to “Go and Tell”
At Easter we try to explain the unexplainable – we run in all directions
– towards and away – which way are you going? Go forth and tell that He is the Son of God – can you find the right words – no-one else will do it for you.
Tapton has opportunities to go forth things are opening up for us.
Life is good – He is Risen
“We shall go out with hope of resurrection
we shall go out. from strength to strength go on”

3rd April 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

GOOD FRIDAY
Suzanne led a short but very moving service.
Mark 15 “They mocked Him” They didn’t need to do that “They laughed at Him” was it fear that made them do this? Do we laugh at situations we fear?
Simon Cyrene carried His cross – he took on His heavy load BUT in doing so he helped him to his death quicker – do we sometimes help people but it turns out not such a good idea?
We sang again a hymn to the lovely tune our organist John has written
Mark 15 22-32 Golgotha
The Crucifiction – thought by some there to be an entertainment – they were curious – do we laugh at others misfortunes? Are we curious and we try to hide it?
Mark 15 33-41 Darkness.
When we see an eclipse and our surroundings go dark do we find this somewhat eerie? We are glad when its over and we begin to see light again – was it the same when Jesus died?
He chose not to walk away from death – he loved the world = there is no place that love will not go- when love stays it transforms – after the darkness comes the light – the love.
During the service Suzanne scattered re rose petals on the path leading up to the cross.
What feels like your darkest moment could be the moment before breakthrough – follow Jesus and his love and he will lead you out of despair into the light.

Bible Discussion Group

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Wednesday 1st April 2015
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
“Unseasonable Jesus”
Readings Mark 11 12-14 20-25
Micah 7 1-7
Jeremiah 7 1-11
We talked about Jesus and the fig tree – and Jesus’ remark to Peter about Faith/prayer.
Micah was talking about a world not unlike ours today but he finishes “I watch in hope for the Lord…. my God will hear me” he had faith that his prayers would be answered.
Jeremiah too asked the people to reform their ways and the Lord would hear them.
These people craved a better life – what do you crave?
We then discussed cravings for Tapton Hill and our faith in prayers being answered.
A very thought provoking evening.