Archive for March, 2018

Good Friday service – 30 March

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings: Isaiah 53: 3-5  &  Mark 15:16-41

Suzanne reflected on what sacrifices we make but real sacrifice means real suffering and this was illustrated graphically by the extraordinary sacrifice made this week by the French Police Chief Arnaud Beltrame who was murdered after swapping places with a hostage.

Christ sacrificed everything for us, even risking his relationship with his father God crying out “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”  Taken from Psalm 22 it begins with despair but God listens to his cry for help. His relationship with God becomes stronger than ever. Whatever we lay at the foot of the cross, we can find something deeper and richer in God.

In Luke’s gospel the rebels being crucified with Jesus are given a voice. One rebel defends and acclaims Jesus rather than side with the crowd.  Will we recognise we have a voice?


Thursday 29th March 2018 Maundy Thursday

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Rev Suzanne Nockels invited members from Hillsborough Tabernacle and Tapton to her home to share a meal followed by a period of reflection on the 39 lashes given to Jesus prior to his crucifixion.

Wednesday 28th March – Kings Court Easter Service

Friday, March 30th, 2018

A number of members from Tapton joined with some of the residents from Kings Court to celebrate Easter.

With the help of Eric the organist from Hillsborough Tabernacle Church, our minister Suzanne considered the Three Marys of the Easter message.

Mary of Bethany – Suzanne asked us “What is the most extravagant thing someone has done for you?”

Mary the mother of James and Joseph – Suzanne asked us “Who sees and cares for us as individuals?”

The Marys at the tomb – Suzanne asked us “What do we need to overcome?”

Palm Sunday service

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Organised and led by John Silverton our organist

Readings: Luke 19 vv. 28-40,  Isaiah 50 vv. 4-7,  Phillipians 2 vv. 5-11

Starting outside church with our palm crosses we entered church to be taken  with hymns and readings through the journey of Jesus into Jerusalem and betrayal by Judas followed by rejection by the crowd “Crucify him” they cried.

John also informed us about the Roman Alexamenos graffitti, allegedly the earliest surviving picture of Christ. The Greek inscription seems to mock a young man worshipping a crucified, donkey headed God figure.

Sunday 18th March 2018

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

The service today is cancelled due to the weather

Sunday 11th March 2018

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Mothering Sunday

Today we were pleased to welcome Rev.Martin Spain the President of the Congregational Federation to lead our service.      He began by telling us the  original meaning of mothers day as the day when people were expected to return to their Mother Church (the church where they were christened) for a service.     As our contribution to Mothers Day we gave out bunches of daffodils.                                                                                                                     Jesus said “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him”

Reading Matthew  4  The Temptations of Jesus

Christ was temped three times  – he had been fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and was tired and hungry and possibly slightly disorientated – hence he was what looked like an easy target.       The first temptation was to prove he was the son of God and turn stones into bread  –  he must have felt very tempted by this  – but he remained strong and resisted.   Christians are still being tempted/tested today and must be strong and resist.     Then he was tempted to do something spectacular – to throw himself off a high tower – but Jesus knew he did not have to something so dangerous to achieve what he wanted from his life  – nor do we need to  show off and be better than others and do something dangerous  just to be noticed  – if we go about our daily lives doing what Jesus wants us to do   then we will be noticed.                                       When Jesus was tempted to go into partnership with the devil on the promise of being given all the kingdoms of the world  – he again resisted  –   he was already in partnership with God- he honoured the Lord and served Him.  A relationship with God is our covenant with Him  and this covenant must not  be broken.    If we are in a wilderness we need to find a way home without being tempted to take the wrong path  – remember that God loves you.  DO NOT BE TEMPTED


Wednesday 7th March 2018

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Bible Study Leader: Delia Hope

We read various passages about women in the bible and discussed them. e.g. Acts 9  v32  Peter was called to the house of Dorcas (Tabitha)a disciple  who was always doing good but she had died  – Peter prayed and she opened her eyes and got up.          Acts 18 24-28   v26  & Romans 16 v3  Priscilla and Aquilla had church meetings in their home  and Paul said they had saved his life.                                 Luke 2 v 36  There was a prophet Anna who never left the temple and she spoke about the child Jesus and all who were looking for redemption of Jerusalem.        Samuel 25  v2 Abigail who was beautiful and intelligent was the wife of Nabal    who was very wealthy but surly      David wanted to kill him but Abigail intervened on his beahf and David listened to her.   Deborah  was an Israelite judge (Judges 4) with an interesting story.  Mary the mother of Jesus was also discussed.   These women all played a very important part.


We then went on to briefly discuss fasting.  Isaiah 58 True fasting.        Matthew 6  16-18  “WHEN you fast”  not if.  Fasting is not necessarily to be at Lent  it can be anytime.     Here’s a thought    instead of giving something up for  yourself    why not give something up that you actually want but still buy it and give it away to someone else?

A very interesting evening.


Sunday 4th March 2018

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Our afternoon service was cancelled today because of weather conditions.