Archive for August, 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Leader: Darryl Lomas
Readings: Luke 9 v 50-56

“Who ever is not against us is for us…”

Darryl began by talking about his love of ‘Sheffield Wednesday’. Although all supporters love their team they support in different ways and don’t always agree with each other. Different factions develop. The same can be said of the Church. Different dominations are within the church and often lead to conflict and disagreement. Even within one church disagreement can occur. People like to think their way is the ‘right way’. Darryl went on to discuss the Bible passage “whoever is not against us is for us”. Although people have very different opinions it doesn’t make them against us. We can have different ideas and ways of worship but we still need to work together. One straw is very weak a bundle of straws holds strong. In today’s world Christians need to work together and allow, even celebrate the differences. Working in different ways but with the same aim.
When Jesus walked into the Samaritan village in Luke 9 he wasn’t welcome. His disciples were incensed but Jesus rebuked them, and asked to walk on by and accept the situation.. Sometimes we need to accept we cannot make things go ‘our way’. A lesson to be used in today’s world.

Church Camp 19th – 22 August

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

An enjoyable few days together in the countryside at Birdwell, Barnsley.

Included games, quizzes, bbq, and fellowship considering Numbers 11:4-8 and how the ‘rabble’ with Moses in the desert were moaning about not having cucumbers, melons, onions & garlic which they had back in Egypt.

We considered their plight with the dangers faced by Christians in Alleppo, Syria and how grass may always appear greener on the other side of the fence.

Sunday 14th August 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Leader: Susannah Youden
Readings: Matthew 3 11 13-17
Luke 17 11-19

Susannah stared by singing a lovely solo
Praise God
Luke tells about 10 men who came to Jesus and he healed them but only one (a Samaritan) came back to thank him and praise God.
What about the other 9 ?? Do we always thank God for what he has done for us ??
We say – what difference does just one person make … Jesus was only one person and yet he made a great difference wherever he went.
God is worthy of praise each day
we must praise Him with our hearts not just with lip service – mean what we say.

Sunday Worship 7th August

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading: Romans 10 & John 6:33ff

Suzanne held a shoe box in front of members of the congregation and allowed them a short peek inside. Then asked what they could remember.
Dont just listen to the word of God act upon it. We only glimpse the word and power of God but if we look more carefully and follow the the Word, God will bless us.

The box actually contained a number of items reflecting the recent work of the church.
A book, ‘Holy Habiits’ used in our Discipleship studies
A tea light candle used in our development of the prayer life of the church
A stethoscope linking with Suzannes work with the local GP practice
An invitation post card used to invite people to events at the church
Duplo bricks building a community at the church

Suzanne asked how we present ourselves and suggested we always put ourselves in the best possible light, never showing off our weaknesses and failings. Learning from our mistakes and struggles allows us to use the experience to better ourselves but also to help others.

Jesus can use the bits we discount and God will use all the uncut footage of our lives when we are redeemed from the grave.

Future learning can be helpful if it inspires us or causes us to re-think things, leading us to have a greater understanding of God and his word.

Saturday 6th August – garden party

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Members of the church joined together with 6 other churches from the North East Area, enjoying the warm weather and the fellowship of like minded Christians. Particularly nice to welcome friends from the North West Area.
We had a short talk by the General Secretary of the Congregational Federation who posed two challenges:
1) To read one of Paul’s Letters in its entirety
2) Not to grumble (Philippians 2:14)