Archive for May, 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Trinity Sunday
Leaders: Margaret & David Chennell from Scunthorpe
Margaret had brought three equal length pieces of card which when joined together formed a triangle – very firm – she then showed a solid cardboard triangle with “God” in the middle and Father, Saviour, Spirit on the three sides – 3 in 1 all leading round to one another with God in the centre.
Readings: Isaiah 6 v 1-8
Romans 8 12-17
John 3 1-17
David then gave us a talk – God is not made in our likeness – we are made in his.
We must recognise our limitations – we cannot analyse God. There is always more to find out.
Nicodemus knew the law but he had drifted from God and was not in touch with Him any more. He had to be born again.
We all drift from God at some point – is worship just a ritual? we need the spirit – WE need to be born again in the spirit.
We need to give God more time

Sunday 17th May 2015

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Leaders: Christine, Mark & Geoff from Fulwood Preaching Team
Readings: Genesis 15 1-6
Abram put his trust in the Lord
Galations 3 5 – 14
As christians we sometimes forget who we are- the Holy Spirit is the power within us – power to cope with every circumstance in life. We need faith
Its not what we do its who we are that makes us – we do not need to justify ourselves.
We want to be accepted – how can we be accepted?
Abram believed in God and God accepted him.
Christ died for us – he set us free – he accepts us as we are.
Its not what we do, its who we are.
Put your faith and trust in The Lord and you will be accepted by Him.

Bible Study Wednesday 13 May 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Led by Keith Bradley
We discussed how we make friends and acquaintance, what bonds exist and looked at how the monasteries were formed.
Readings from the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 19: 18-24, 2 Kings 2, 2 Kings 4: 38-41 mention ‘School of prophets’. Prophets comprised of students of the prophet Samuel. gatherings of like minded people, possibly the forerunner of monasteries

Sunday 10th May 2015

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
“My faith will set you free”
Readings l Saml.18 David and Jonathan
Ruth 1 Ruth and Naomi
John 15 v 16 Jesus and His friends
Friendships so important to us all – everyone needs friends,
Mark 2 Four friends of a paralyzed man carried him to Jesus but as there was no room in the house they went up onto the roof and lowered him through a hole they made – Jesus knew their faith and the man picked up his bed and walked – what good friends he had. No one would make room in the house for them – do we make room for the disadvantaged in our lives, in our church? Do we try to bring friends to Jesus or is it too difficult, do we give up, or do we persevere even going to great lengths to achieve it? Do we even give up on trying to get close to Jesus ourselves. Jesus is our friend – he will help us – have faith.

Sunday10th May 2015

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

some of us joined with Hillsboro Tabs at their morning service to celebrate the rebuilding of the church in 1955 after the old one was bombed in the war. The Boys Brigade and Girls Life Brigade took part in what was a very enjoyable celebration, followed by a celebration cake and cups of tea etc..

Congregational Federation May Assembly – Saturday 9 May 2015

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The Federation brings together independent free churches for mutual support and the advancement of the Christian faith. The figurehead President is inducted each year at May Assembly and this year we were pleased to travel to Peterborough to support the new President, Betty Bentham.
Betty is Chair of the NE Area of which Tapton is part.

Alongside the induction our Minister Suzanne Nockels was on the stage to promote the work taking place at the LEAF programme churches she is supporting. LEAF stands for Listening, Engaging and Acting in Faith.

A collection for the Christian aid Disaster Appeal raised nearly £1000.

An enjoyable day out with a real positive message from everyone on stage following Betty’s slogan of ‘Forward Together’

Christian Aid Walk – Monday 4 May 2015

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The annual CHristian Aid Walk took place over three distances 6,11 and 17 miles from St Lukes’s church in Lodge Moor.
Approx 200 walkers including a handful from Tapton. The church sponsored one walker and raised sufficient for a cow and half a calf which hopefully will be made up during this Christian Aid Week.
The church also provided a number of officials including the final walker on the long route.

Sunday worship 3rd May 2015

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings Mark 1:v40ff & Ephesians 4:17

Suzanne brought out her ‘Story bag’ for the first time at Tapton. Contained in the bag were three forms of measuring instrument. With the help of the kids she illustrated what 50 paces may look like. This was the distance people with skin disease at the time of Christ had to remain from any other person. The skin disease may be anything from leprosy to eczema.

In the account of the leper who approaches Jesus that distance was breached and Jesus closed it further by reaching out to the leper.

Relating to the recent news story of the ‘Top Gear’ presenter Jeremy Clarkson lashing out at his Producer, Suzanne asked if Jesus ever got angry. He was clearly angry when he drove traders from the Temple (in John 2 using a whip).
The Ephesians reading seems to be contradictory suggesting we get rid of anger but also in anger we should not sin.

In the story of the leper the translation from Greek shows Jesus was moved to anger. Not at the leper but at the system where Priests put procedures before people. Despite his anger Jesus reached out and directed his anger into healing.

Do Christians get angry enough? Turn anger into action as seen by Kailash Satyarthi joint Nobel Peace Prize winners an advocate for children’s rights.

Jesus swapped places with the leper. The leper was an outcast and when healed was accepted back into society whilst Jesus had to escape to the wilderness.

Jesus challenges systems and highlights we need not only a relationship with God but with each other.