Archive for November, 2015

Advent Sunday – 29th November2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Service put together by organist John Silverton and Tom Lomas

Theme – A star shall rise out of Jacob

Readings: Jeremiah 43 v14-16 Isaiah 35 Romans 13 v8-14 Matthew 24 v37-44
Luke 21 v25-27

The first candle of the advent wreath was lit.

Sermon by Mr Tom Lomas
Tom related his younger days as he and his sister looked forward each year to their advent calendar. This was a time of waiting expectantly.

Advent is a time when Christians are waiting and preparing for the 2nd coming of Christ. This should not be passive waiting as Christmas approaches but being prepared to accept Christ at all times. WE should be prepared for the rapture when Jesus Christ returns to remove the church (all believers in Christ) from the earth

Wednesday 25th November 2015 Bible Discussion

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Leader: Edwin Ashcroft
The final week with Edwin to talk about Esther.
Starting at Ch.5 we continued to the end of the book – and what a book Wow. Very interesting reading and thought provoking – so relevant to today yet written so long ago.
Esther was brave enough to come before the King. Meanwhile the King had decided to honour Mordecai for saving his life.
The tables are turned on Haman – “how are the mighty fallen?” –
it would appear that God’s hand was in this book – Esther was put in the palace to eventually to save Jews from slaughter.
If you have not read Esther for some time – read it with today in mind – intrigues, grooming and sexual exploitation of women/girls, plans for genocide. greed etc.
We look forward to a further session with Edwin in 2016

Sunday 22nd. November 2015

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Bible Readings
Romans 3 v11-20
Matthew 24 v36-44

Looking towards Advent.

Advent literally means ‘coming’.
In Advent we will be thinking about the second coming of Jesus. Would we really be ‘ready’ for the arrival of Jesus?
Can we really prepare for this?
Do we understand what being ‘ready’ actually means?
Can we protect ourselves from being left behind or not being chosen if Jesus comes again?
In some ways we can’t be prepared. We don’t know when Jesus will return .
Asking Jesus to be in our lives all the time acts as a readiness for Advent. By letting Jesus sort through our lives and take out the things we don’t need like unhelpful emotions such as arrogance, rage and pride we are preparing ourselves. Sometimes without us realising what’s happening.
We don’t want to protect ourselves from this intervention into our lives. This is our ‘getting ready’.
Allow Jesus to work in your life , invite him in through prayer. let him get rid of what’s not needed and begin to get ready for Advent…

Saturday 28th November 2015

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

If you are anywhere near Tapton on Saturday 28th afternoon don’t go past come in and look at our display of nativity scenes and have a cuppa and chat (and warm)

Sunday 15 November

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Led by Rev Dr Janet Wooton
Deuteronomy: 30 v11-14
Mark 14 v16ff

To round off a very full weekend Janet led our worship with her usual enthusiasm.

Bringing the Mark gospel reading to life with our Minister Suzanne, they delivered the passage in conversation as it may have been in the day.

Using the poem of John Greenleaf Whittier, a quaker, Janet emphasised that in Jesus Christ, God is with us. He is here in the gospel.

The poem’s 38 verses form the basis of the hymn Immortal Love, with the writer trying to return to simple faith, not just reciting creeds.

There is a tendency for a concentration on certain passages in the bible, often based on the creeds. Unfortunately the life of our Saviour is missing from the creeds. Similarly, very few hymns tell of the life, teaching and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Remember God in Jesus, lived in human form and we should strive for the presence of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives. Remember he is there in all our needs and concerns.

Thanks for an enjoyable busy weekend Janet.

World Bring and Sing Saturday 14th November 2015

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Following the North East Area meeting at Hillsborough Tabs with other Congregational churches we returned to Tapton for a wonderful evening sharing songs from around the world.
The evening, led by Rev Dr Janet Wooton, was spent in company with friends from other churches in ‘Churches Together in Hallam’.
At the interval we shared food from around the world brought by members from all the churches. It never fails to amaze me that despite no food list, we have an amazing spread of different food.
Not only was it an enjoyable evening but £100 was donated for the Christian Aid Refugee Appeal.

NE Area meeting Saturday 14 November 2015

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Members of the church joined members of other Congregational Churches from the North East Area of the Congregational Federation (CF) at Hillsborough Tabernacle Church (Tabs).
Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels and Rev Dr Janet Wooton from the Congregational Federation, we enjoyed a full day of interesting Bible Study, Training and Workshops.
We considered the ‘gifts’ of Romans Chapter 8, the Learning Treasure Chest of the CF Learning & Development Dept., an introduction to the CF GIFT course and LEAF churches with an opportunity to sample written resources for bible study.
Interspersed between the learning was great food and refreshments provided by Tabs members.

Bible Discussion Wednesday 11th November 2015

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Leader; Edwin Ashcroft
Third week discussion of Esther
We continued this week at chapter 4.
When Mordecai heard the King’s edict that all the Jews were to be killed he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes and there was mourning among all the Jews. When Esther heard she sent clothes to Mordecai but he would not wear them, then she asked Hathach to go and find out what had happened.
Mordecai gave him a copy of the edict and also told him what sum Haman had offered the king and he charged Esther with the task of going to the king to entreat him for her people,. knowing full well that no one was allowed into the king without being invited and could be put to death. Mordecai told Esther that if she did not do this then her family would perish.
We were left in a cliffhanger here … what would Esther do ??

At the end of chapter 4 we read that she decided to go to the king…

There was much discussion at this point – questions and aswers – we learn from a prayer attributed to Esther that she prayed to the Lord, put on sackcloth and ashes and poured out her soul – she said she had not enjoyed being in the palace in slavery, she asked for eloquent speech before the King. This tells us that Esther had a great faith.

We wait in anticipation of what follows in two weeks time.


Sunday, November 8th, 2015

8th November 2015
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
When a man went to war and did not return it affected very many people from his close family to workmates etc. he left an aching void but he also left a hole for the future – no family heirs through him .. Memories are all that are left.
The Church Secretary then read the names of those from Tapton who did not return from the Great War and we stood for 2 mins to remember them and all the others who gave their lives in that and other wars,
Readings: Micah 4 1-4 Luke 19 37-42
PEACE – quiet, no strife, lack of stress
We make peace.
Jerusalem – called “The City of Peace” but it was far from being that Jesus wept for it
The Romans invaded and told people they had come to bring peace – but this was control through fear
Can violence end violence does it bring peace?
Resignation can bring peace
Respect can bring peace
Forgiveness brings peace
Christians do not have monopoly over forgiveness,
forgiveness has to be worked on. it is hard to really forgive
God sent his son Jesus into a troubled world He gave His life for us On the cross he forgave. he achieved our peace. It was not easy for him and it will not be easy for us
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God.
The National Anthem
The service concluded with Communion.

Sunday 1st November 2015

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Leader: Pat Moseley
Pat spoke to us about her holiday in a remote part of Scotland. She brought a sense of calm into the building – she mentioned the stillness of water, the silence, the might and majesty of the mountains, and the feeling when the mist lifted.
Psalm 121(St Jame’s version) I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence comes my help.

There is mention in the Bible of people going up mountains to be near God, to speak to Him – away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living – to get peace and calm – BUT God is here with us in our everyday lives – we need to try to be calm and will then know that he is there.
God sent his son Jesus to earth so that he could help people to know more about his Father – He said “I am the way”
Follow him along that way keep calm if you can God will be with you.