Archive for August, 2017

Sunday worship – 27th August 2017

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Led by Darryl Lomas

Readings: John 6 & Matthew 14:13-22

Feeding of the 5,000

Following the beheading of John the Baptist, Jesus wanted to get away from it all so went on a boat across the lake but the crowd followed him.

He may have wanted to recharge his batteries but Jesus showed compassion and started to heal them.  Not to certain groups but to everyone. Where does our compassion start and finish, do we create boundaries?

What did Jesus have that meant the crowd stayed. The disciples were concerned over the welfare of Jesus and of the crowd but Jesus said let them remain. was he conscious of the little time he had left?  Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd, why? Darryl suggested this is relevant to us today. We shouldn’t just be concerned we need to do something, was Jesus preparing the disciples for things to come?

Why didn’t the people have food? Were they not expecting such a long day?  Was this about physical food or spiritual sustenance?  Was the miracle getting people to share what they had actually brought for themselves?  Following Jesus isn’t just a Sunday afternoon at church, when we sign up  its for all it brings, the good the bad and the indifferent. Our real duty is to pass on spiritual sustenance.

Sunday 20 August

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Some members enjoyed camping in the surprisingly beautiful countryside of Birdwell near Barnsley.

The campers enjoyed the usual Saturday walk to Worsborough Dam and Wigfield Farm before being joined by other church members for games quizzes and a Chinese meal.

Sunday we gathered for our usual discussion based on our ‘pilgrimage’ to Church camp. We looked at the ‘goal’ of camp, deciding it was a time when we can get to know each other better. We then looked at journeys in the bible and the goals that were achieved.

Sunday 13th August 2017

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Leader: Rev Alan Hindmarch
Readings : 1 Kings v9 -
Matthew 14 v 22 -
Do you have little faith? Do you doubt ?
Many people have doubts – they feel they are not good enough ?
Barnes Wallace believed 100% that his calculations were correct and he could produce a bouncing bomb but many doubted him – when the bomb was first tried it failed but he persevered and checked his calculations  and this time on test, the bomb bounced and then exploded as it should – his belief was justified.
Sometimes we read our bibles and try to understand about Jesus but sometimes putting our learning into practice isn’t easy and we lose faith in ourselves.
When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water he wanted to do the same and set off to meet Jesus but his courage failed and he started to sink – Jesus reached out his hand and saved him – he will save us when our courage fails or we lose faith in what we are trying to do.
True belief is faith in forward looking – churches may have to change but we must have faith and believe.

Sunday 6th August 2017

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
In life there are safe  places and dangerous places and we are often told “stay away from the edge” It is not good to push people “to the edge” But Jesus was once in the synagogue and he annoyed the people so much they pushed Him out and kept pushing Him towards a dangerous edge – but He kept calm, turned and walked through them to safety. This must have taken a great deal of courage.
Psalm 56 v 4 reads “In God I trust and I am not afraid what can mere mortals do to me?”
Reading Galations 5 Freedom
We were then treated to a report from Joe Nockels of his recent visit to South Africa with a group from the Congregational Federation to the International Congregational Conference – churches were represented from countries all over the world and it had been a wonderful experience – the title of the conference was “Call to Freedom”
They had visited churches, and prisons – one where Nelson Mandella had been confined – and other places which had not had freedom – it made us realize what courage the people had needed to survive to obtain their freedom – something we take so much for granted.
Thanks to Joe for opening our minds and thoughts.
The service concluded with communion