Archive for November, 2016

Sunday 4th December 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Gift Sunday at 2.45pm
We will be collecting tins of tomato or chicken soup for the Crosspool Soup Run and ladies and children’s toiletries, socks etc, for the Good News Home in Buxton

Sunday 27th November 2016

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Advent Sunday
The service had been put together by John Silverton and Tom Lomas with various members of the congregation taking part.
The season of Advent when the church bids us to prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ, in the Child of Bethlehem and his second coming,
Readings :
Isaiah 35
Romans 13 8-14
Matthew 24 47-44
The first candle was lit on the advent wreath.
Tom spoke to us of his memories of taking the annual scripture exam and of winning a book token, the book he chose was based on “those left behind” those who had been left when Christ had come again.
He also spoke of a painting in Rome by Michael Angelo depicting Christ with those who had been saved above him and those who had not, below. It was significant that when this was painted all the figures had been unclothed meaning that Christ had not differentiated between the rich and the poor.
We do not know when Christ will come again – we must stay vigilant/awake – we must start/continue our journey to get to know Christ so we are ready and will know Him when He comes again.
God is calling each and every one of us – answer Him.
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Bible Discussion Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Two more parables
Matthew 25
The Ten Virgins
These ten .ladies went out to meet a bridegroom and lit their lamps to light his way (as was their custom) but he was delayed … when he did arrive 5 had used up the oil in their lamps but the 5 wise ones had taken further supplies and were able to light his way and go into the wedding banquet. Those who had to go and buy buy new oil did not arrive in time and were left outside.
This sends a clear message to all of us – Be prepared for the coming of the Lord – we do not know when this will be but he has promised he WILL come again – and we must be ready.
We cannot leave it to others it is up to each one individually.
When He comes again will he be accepted ???
Will we be ready to stand by Him when others reject Him??
The second parable is
Matt 24 14 – 30
The bags of gold
A man going on a journey entrusts three of his servants with gold and when he returns they come to him to return it. Two have gained interst on the money but the third buried it and returned what he had been given – we are all given different talents and must use them for God’s work and so increase it for Him. We cannot hide our talents otherwise they will not grow. We have to work on our faith and make it grow. Have you made the best use of the talents you have been given ???

Sunday 20th November 2016

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Leader: Mrs P Moseley
The Holy Spirit
We all have our own views as to how we imagine the Holy Spirit as we do about God and Jesus Christ – not actual people, but some like to think of them as that.
Spirit means breath – the breath of God is the Holy Spirit
Readings : Psalm 36 5-9
John 12 20-26
The song says “Little things mean a lot”
They certainly do – sometimes its the smallest of things that means the most – a smile, a gesture, a touch of hand, the reading says that a grain of wheat is nothing in itself but if it is planted it will grow and flourish.
Isaiah 11 “God has a plan – peace
In Matthew we read that God is for all people not just the rich and famous
“Blessed are they …. –
Pat then told us of her experience talking to two little girls and what it meant to her when they gve her a packet of crisps because they didn’t want to eat theirs and her not have any – perhaps a very small thing but very memorable.
Do we share, do we do small things in our everyday lives to help others ??
Come to Jesus and he will accept you and take any service you perform, no matter how small.

Sunday 13th November 2016

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Service taken by our minister Rev. Suzanne Nockels
This was a day for remembering – those whose lives had been changed by war – we stood for two minutes in silence whilst the Last Post and then the Reveille were sounded and we remembered.
we heard from Dot about her flight over Sheffield in a Lancaster and from Val of her experience being evacuated,
The reading Joshua 7 and 8 was about Joshua’s defeat in battle so soon after his great win at Jericho and how downhearted he was – in our lives we have great wins but we also have defeats sometimes no matter how hard we have worked, things do not work out as we intend and we are downhearted – but God said to Joshua and to us too – “Get up and don’t give way to defeat”
We Christians sing of being soldiers of Christ we are not in conflict with
persons but with the forces of evil.
Romans 8 v 31 says “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

God, as with silent hearts we bring to mind how hate and war diminish mankind
we pause and seek in worship to increase our knowledge of the things that make for peace.

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Bible study
Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Yet another very interesting evening
The Good Samaritan – Luke 19 25 -37
Love Thy Neighbour
The road from Jericho to Jerusalem was a very dangerous one through rocky, desert country. A lot of people today are walking a life which is much like this – they fall by the wayside and need our help are we prepared to offer it ?? The people who should have helped this man went by on the other side but the person who stopped was a Samaritan one of the despised people at the time Jesus is telling us this puts to shame those who should and could have helped – where are we in a situation like this ??
Throughout His ministry Jesus helped and healed many people from various walks of life – it did not matter to Him and it should not matter to us. Are you a ….
Good Samaritan ????

We look forward to the 23rd to hear once again Edwin talking about more parables.

Sunday worship – 6th November 2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings: Job 19:23-27 & Luke 20:27-38

Suzanne asked the congregation what a number of dates meant to them? Some were obvious like 31st October = Halloween, 5th November = Bonfire Night, 11th November = Remembrance Day, but what else do dates remind us of?
31st October was also the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his thesis to the church in Wittenberg and thus started the Protestant way of being church.
5th November was when Catholic Guy Fawkes protested against persecution.
11th November when we remember the impact of two world wars and conflict since. Those that fought, those who objected. What do we remember?

Sunday is also known by some as Resurrection Day. Remembering is a powerful thing, it shapes us and the past shapes the present and the future. We need to ask what, why and how we remember and what it will do to us.

When the bible commands us to remember it is because it is healthy and helpful.