Archive for September, 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Celebrate the harvest
Leader : Suzanne Nockels
We were shown pictures of various plants and guessed what they were and what fruit they produced : not easy to judge from appearance what they were if you did not know,   and it is the same with people you cannot judge from appearance and certainly do not know  what the person is capable of doing in life.
Jesus said “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep”
You can tell a person by the harvest they produce – Paul gave us the fruits of the spirit ..
joy,  patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control
We then had “Gardener’s Question Time” Suzanne asked Keith various questions about gardening. This was very interesting – how he related gardening to the christian life – using his Gardeners  Encyclopaedia “Bible” to answer questions about plants etc., and his church bible to answer questions about life. Quite a lot depends on trial and error in a garden and in life..
The reading was Luke 13   5-9
The owner of the vineyard wanetd to cut down the fig tree which had not produced fruit but the gardener asked him to give it another year.     He tended the soil and gave it fertiliser and really looked after it to help it to recover and produce fruit again.
Some people are like the fig tree – we cannot always be productive – sometimes we need help to recover.     God is our gardener He knows when we are tired and need help to be ourselves again
If you have been,  or are,  stagnant and unproductive just ask God to help.

The church was decorated in the usual Tapton harvest style but this year we collected tins of food for the S6 food bank instead of bringing fresh produce to sell. We thank all those who decorated the church, who brought gifts or sent them. Making this a lovely harvest celebration.

Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Rev. Constance Coltman

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Rev Suzanne Nockels provided a revealing insight into the life of  Rev. Constance Coltman (nee Todd), one of the first ordained women in Christian Ministry.  Further considering the role of women in churches today.

Sunday Worship 17th September

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Led by Keith Bradley and Pat Moseley

Reading: Psalm 46

During the service Keith asked the challenging question of where is God in the natural disaster occurring in the Caribbean?  Perhaps the psalmist gives us some hope in Psalm 46.

Pat then explained the principles of Congregationalism.

Sunday 10th September 2017

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Leader : Ray Briddon and his wife Beryl
“A Biblical Character -but who?”
Some boys in 1947 discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls – one of them was Ch.61 the Book of Isaiah.
Clue 1 Today Beryl read Isaiah 40 1-11 Words of hope
Clue 2 John 1 19-36
The character is John the Baptist.
He preached “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”
When we enter anything we would like to win –  there is only one winner but there is a runner up – sometimes he is a pacemaker who is important in setting the pace for the winner.
John was the runner up – he paved the way for Jesus.
John spent a long time alone in the desert alone and this fulfilled Isaiah’s prophesy.
He baptized along the shores of the River Jordan and this sgtill goes on to this day.
Eventually Herod had John imprisioned and one day at a banquet Salome asked for John’s head and this was granted to her – this was the end of Johns life – but he had done the work God set him to do.
Jesus said “No one is greater than John”
John’s Preaching was threefold
1. Repentance – sorrow for sin
2. Baptism – when repented be baptised
3. The coming one – salvation
The Good News
In Jesus we have he power to fulfill all that John preached.
Ray played his guitar and sang a lovely song
“The Lamb of God”

Sunday worship – 3rd September 2017 Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Monday, September 4th, 2017

We were invited to think about how we worship , how we listen to God and to really challenge ourselves about any false idols we may have?

We were offered several everyday objects to think about , such as a mobile phone, a football scarf , a clock (representing a busy life). If these things were idols what would their worshipers look like and how would their characters change  by worshiping these objects. One example was ‘face cream’ . We decided the worshipers may be beautiful, young and perfect looking and they would probably become very vain and conceited and ultimately very disillusioned.

False idols can not speak to us or hear us . We could be at risk of becoming  like our idols ?

We are surrounded by a media world selling a dream which is not reality but worshiped by many. People can become restless and unfulfilled. We need to find what Rev Suzanne referred to as a ‘Sabbath connection’. A time to find some peace to listen to Gods voice. Time to rest and be connected to God. Giving him chance to talk to us. We will never be alone in our troubles if we find this connection with our true God and not the false idols around us.

Simple , take time to rest, listen and hear Gods voice…

The service was followed by sharing the communion meal together.