Archive for October, 2018

Afternoon tea service – 28 October 2018

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We enjoyed this new way of fellowship over some splendid home baked cakes and buns with tea or coffee.

The theme for this Sunday when the clocks went back one hour = ‘Time’

Suzanne asked each table to consider 3 questions:

  1. Have you ever turned up for something at the wrong time?
  2. Have we ever sensed it was the ‘right time’ to do something?
  3. If we could live at any time  history when would it be?

Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

An opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth.

Thank you to all the bakers and helpers

 

 

Sunday worship

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Led by Susannah Youdan

Susannah led the congregation through the ‘Apostles Creed’

Readings: Acts 17:22-31  & 1 Corinthians 15

Saturday 20th October 2018

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Coffee & refreshments this afternoon  2-4.00 o clock

Sunday 14th October 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Leaders : Rev.Bill & Mrs Betty Bentham

Betty told us one of her memorable stories   this time about a young man who went for an interview at a telegram office  –  there were several applicants all sitting round waiting to be called  – suddenly  onegot up and went into the interview room –  he came out with the manager who shook his hand and said he had got the job  –  the others were amazed   they hadnt’ even been called in,  and asked why –  they were told  the morse tapping they had all heard had called them in one by one     but only one person had listened enough to recognize what it was  –   do we listen to be called   or are we too busy with other things  ??

Readings : – Genesis 17   Luke 19   Zacheus                                   This is a story we all know, full of action,  but do we get caught up with the story and miss the message? The previous chapter had told about the rich man who was told to give away his wealth – this continues from there – Jericho was a a rich trading place – the Romans knew this and appointed tax collectors to get as much money as they could out of the citizens – Zacheus was one.   He heard that Jesus was coming so he hid in a tree – but Jesus knew he was there and told him to come down and provide a meal.   During this perhaps Jesus told Zacheus of his moral responsibility – we are not told – but it is clear that this man who had been rejected by all is neighbours was sort out by Jesus and  redeemed.    This is a story to know and tell that God intervenes in this world  – Jesus was sent to save those who are lost

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels       week 4 of Ruth

A straight line  – is life like a straight line or does it have ups and downs ?  Boaz thought that someone closer in line to Naomi’s husband should have the option to buy the plot of land which Naomi was selling  and which had belonged to her husband  and as was the custom in those days  whoever owned this land  owned Ruth too. The man who said he would buy the land  did not realize this and when he found out he withdrew his offer  so Boaz bought the land  v13 so Boaz   took Ruth to be his wife and she bore him a son. A grandson for Naomi.   So both women’s lives were certainly not a straight line   – first the famine in Bethlehem, then the move to Moab,  the deaths of the men in the family, the journey back to Bethlehem,  the hardship of living as two women without a man,  then the sale of the land and Boaz and Ruth’s marriage –  is your life a straight line  or do you have ups and downs?

 

The service ended with Holy Communion.

Saturday 6th October 2018

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Tapton was host to friends from Congregational churches in the North East Area   with a welcome meal  at 12.30.   The speaker was Rev Peter  Thomas  from Grasssington,  he gave us various ideas for spreading the word  telling us about his visits to schools,      The business side of the meeting covered many things of interest to us all.    After the meeting we met again over a cup of tea.   A good time was had by all.

Bible Study

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Based on Genesis 22:1-4

We reflected on the faith of Abraham as he was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Do we recognise our  gifts from God and take them for granted?   Here was God asking for his gift of Isaac back.

We considered the hardest thing faced by all the characters in the story, in particular the faith shown by Abraham.

Considering the earlier promise God made to Abraham in Gen 21:12 indicating Isaac would provide Isaac’s offspring

In the New Testament in Hebrews 11:17-19 Paul comments on the ‘sacrifice’ of Isaac and considers the idea of resurrection.

Finally Suzanne compared the qualities of Abraham with that of Jesus Christ with the attitudes shown in Philippians 2:6-10.

Sunday 30th September 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Leader: Suzanne Nockels        Week 3 of “Ruth”

Reading:  Ruth 3  1-15

Naomi says to Ruth “I must find a home for you”

Home – what is a home ?   It is a familiar place, a private place, a warm place, a relaxing place.   It can be any four walls and roof if Jesus comes and makes His home with us.    Ruth’s life had been very grey and depressing for years  but she was young and had hopes for a greener future.  Her life was a “bare patch”  where is your bare patch?     Nature reclaims derelict buildings and bare patches with greenery.  There is hope for anyone going through a grey patch.

Ruth had been working in the field gleaning  but now the harvest was over and a night of celebration was planned  -Naomi told Ruth to put on her best gown and perfume and go to the party,  find out Boaz and sleep at his feet.   This she did without question.    When Boaz awoke he asked who she was  – Ruth told him he was her kinsman and  redeemer   he listened to her and promised to help.

Who do you think you are most like in this story ??      Are you Naomi  – a wise person who sees what is needed and nudges folk along.  Or Ruth, who does what she is asked to do but is a strong character who speaks up when necessary. Or Boaz  someone who does not know their worth, their abilities ??