Archive for December, 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

Monday, December 26th, 2016

CHRISTMAS DAY
Suzanne led a short morning service with carols and a talk “Today”.

Sunday 18th December 2016

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Carol Service by candlelight
Leader: Suzanne Nockels assisted by members of the congregation.
We heard about the lives of some well known carol writers and sang the carols they had written. We heard why some members of our congregation have favourite carols.
Suzanne then spoke about “Hark” not a word we use everyday – it has more meaning than “listen” – the angels told the shepherds about the birth of a baby – they said “Hark do not be afraid” sometimes we listen but we do not hear – we need to “Hark” more in our daily lives- not to be afraid – to really get the message that is being sent to us – then we will lead fuller more caring lives.

Carols

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Sunday 18th December is our carol service come and join us and sing your favourite carols t 2.45p.m

Sunday 11th December 2016

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Leader: Darryl Lomas
3rd Sunday of Advent
We lit the 3rd candle on the advent ring
Isaiah 9 – “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light … unto us a son is born – His name will be Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God”
Darryl then read John Betjeman’s poem “Christmas”
Matthew 1 18-24 The birth of Jesus
Today is known as “The day of Joy” and it is 103 years since this present building at Tapton was opened – on the 11th of Dec. 1913
11/12/13
Long ago the early church celebrated advent with a fast that lasted from 11th November for 40 days.
Later in the 9thC this was changed to 4 weeks fasting until the 3rd Sunday – Joy Sunday.
Are Joy and Happiness different ?
Joy is the experiencing and knowing unconditional love which nothing can take away – love came down at Christmas
Happiness is an external condition.
The signature tune for “Cheers” in the 80′s was
“Be glad there’s one place in the world where everyone knows your name” and that is Tapton in 2016
For 103 years we have shared Joy, Hope, Sorrow – starting with the first world war – through to the second and on to today – Christenings, marriages,
talks, gallons of tea, meetings and much more.
There has always been joy – we are merely stewards here – we do our best for the Glory of God – with joy.
Tapton is there for all – a place to meet the Lord.
No-one knows what will happen in the next 103 years – this is advent – we wait – meanwhile we keep Tapton alive and full of joy.

Wednesdy 7th Dec. 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Bible study
Leader : Darryl Lomas
Advent – waiting
Isaiah 9 1-7
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light”… ..”for unto us a child is born, to us a son is given” “He will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God”
This prophecy was made when the world was waiting for the coming of the Messiah.
It is though Isaiah began his ministry in the year 740BC so the people had a long time to wait.
Matthew 3 John the Baptist was at the Jordan preaching “repent for The Kingdom of Heaven has come near” and thousands came and were baptized by him – to be ready for the Messiah – who also came to be baptised with them.
Lukes Gospel begins with Isaiah’s Prophecy and continues about John the Baptist giving the message and baptising Jesus – with no mention of the birth of Christ.
These people were preparing for the coming of the Messiah and we should be doing the same– preparing ourselves for his second coming – we may have a long time to wait no one knows so .. are you ready ???

Sunday 4th December 2016

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Today was Gift Sunday at Tapton when we collected tins of soup for the Crosspool soup run, and toiletries for Good News Home.
We also lit the second candle on the advent ring
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Christmas is a time for giving presents – things we wish for – Have you made a list? Psalm 72 lists wishes for the King and for the nation and Isaiah 11 also lists various things being wished for.
Matthew 3 tells us John the Baptist berated the Pharisees and Sadducees for thinking they thought because they were from Abraham they were better than anyone else – he tells them to repent and start again and so must we – none of us is perfect – we must be humble.
Welcome one another just as He welcomes you for the glory of God.