Archive for October, 2017

Sunday 29th October 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

We hosted a Reformation afternoon and were
pleased to welcome the President of the Congregational Federation, Rev.
Martin Spain along with members & friends from Churches Together in Hallam.
The afternoon commenced with a potted background of Martin Luther led by Rev
Suzanne Nockels followed by a choice from four workshops:
Bible study by Rev Spain, singing Lutheran hymns with John Silverton, Messy Reformation Crafts and
Discussion on 95 modern mission theses led by Keith Bradley.
Finishing with worship led by Rev Martin Spain and finally German based food.
Previously the church front doors were covered in drawings to represent the 95 theses nailed allegedly to the Church in Wittenburg by Martin Luther by Suzanne and Joanne.
A thoroughly interesting day.
Topped only by the fact Mrs Sheila Lomas had been voted Crosspool citizen of the Year for all the hard work she puts into the community especially the Sou and Roll Club held at Tapton.
Big round of applause to everyone concerned.

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Led by Mike Warren
Readings Isaiah 25 v1-
Matthew 22 v15-22

Mike told us the story of ‘Cyrus the Great’, ruler of Persia. Appointed to do God’s work but unaware of God.
In Matthew we read about Jesus, appointed to do Gods work in difficult times.
In our relatively free country of today how do we do God’s work?We are required to live within the laws of our time and abide by these. Are there times though when we feel as Christians we really have to make a stand? Like Cyrus made a stand against the Babylonians and Jesus standing up for God’s truth with the Pharisees can we stand as Christians for what’s right?
When we are called by our conscience to speak out will we let God arm us?
Mike reminded us we need to remember our Christian principles and be prepared to stand up for these armed by Gods love for us.

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Bible Study
Leader : Keith Bradley

We had an interesting evening considering the difference between baptism and Christening, historical beginnings, the 1658 Savoy Declaration of faith and 1833 Declaration of Faith, who can conduct a baptism, and variations in practice between denominations and age of participation. All against a background of relevant bible passages.

Sunday 15th October 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
What would you pack to take on holiday ?
What would a pilgrim take for the journey ?
What is the difference between a atourist and a pilgrim ?
A Tourist wants a comfort break
A pilgrim expects the journey to be hard.
We are all pilgrims on a journey through life
sometimes there is comfort sometimes its hard.
Readings: Jeremiah 29 4 Luke 10 1
We have changes in our lives which send us on different journeys, People in the old testament were constantly on the move – but God was leading them to the promised land.
In our journey God is leading us.

Saturday 14th October 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Gathering of the Congregational Churches of the North East Area.
Several of us went from Tapton and were welcomed to Harden Congregational church by Robert Waddington and a lovely lunch.
The meeting started at 1.30 by devotions led by Robert -”see it, say it, sort it” the whole theme of the afternoon being to try to plan the future of the Area – then followed a session arranged by Keith Bradley when we were asked to briefly write down what we felt was needed to improve the Area and its gatherings. We then split into groups to discuss some of the points raised. It seemed to be a general concern that people in our churches who do not come to the meetings do not know what the Area is for, nor who its officers are, and have no knowledge of the working of the  Federation. The second point of concern was the need for an area carer to keep the churches in contact with one another and to make sure everyone is aware about the Area.
Other points were reaised and these matters will be discussed b the Area Executive and brought to the next meeting which is to be at Scunthorpe Congs. on 10th March 2018

Sunday 8th October 2017

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Leader : Pat Moseley
Following her talk at church previously and the meeting with Thomas this week Pat spoke today about her belief in Congregationalism – not from a theology point of view -  based on our leaflet regarding Congregational membership -.
Readings : Psalm 23 (from The Living Bible)
Jude 20 – 25
We believe in The Priesthood of all believers
Thomas had spoken of the church being his life and Pat felt the same about our church.
There are questions unanswered but that does not matter all we need is a deep faith.
What does it mean to be a member of a Congregational church ?
We are part of the most wonderful society – Christians who publicly declare that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour. These words come from the bible they are not man-made for churches.
Our church is open to everyone – why then be a member ?     We commit publicly to being a member of the body of Christ – He founded it – He is our head.
Paul said – our bodies are made up of many parts,  each part has a place in life,  a part to play – not all can be teachers, theologians, prophets , or work miracles, but we are all given a talent to play our part in the workings of our church. All we need is love.
As members we are obliged to worship together regularly to renew our lives, to receive the Holy Spirit – to share the work of the church,   to take Communion.

Think about our tradition – think about your part in it.

Bible study – 4th October 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Led by: Thomas Kyrgiannis

Recently we were approached by the Greek Orthodox Church wishing to use our premises for their Sunday services.  We were glad to accommodate the request and also witness their inaugural day celebrations.

To understand more of their church and culture, Thomas kindly came along to our normal bible study evening and enlightened us on how their church was formed and has developed, their governance and leadership, their spirituality and sacraments and their culture.

Sunday 1st October 2017

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Jesus knows our humanity – he brings us close to God.

We were asked to write down three words that we think describe us  these were then put in a box and pulled out at random and we had to guess who had written them -  it was very interesting to hear what people thought abut themselves.

John  1  19 = John was asked “Who are you?”

It is important that we know ourselves  but are we as God wants us to be ?

1 Peter 2  1-10

If we were asked to be on the TV programe “Who do you think you are ?” would we accept  ?   Most of us said No.

We will shortly be celebrating Martin Luthers’ act    Reformation  -  who are we as a church ?

what is congregtionalism ? -  what is meant by “The priesthood of all believers?”

Jesus is our High Priest  he brings people to God – but we too can bring people to God

we are all called to serve one another   no one is better than another  – we are given gifts that can be used to serve one another  -  it is not about authority  – it is up to all of us   do not leave it to someone else who you think is more capable   if God calls you to help someone he will give you the ability and the strength to do it.

After the service we were treated to some wonderful food to celebrate 50yrs marriage of Sue and Peter Klein.  Thank you both for this and we wish you well for the future.