Archive for October, 2019

Bible study 30th October 2019

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Led by Mr Keith Bradley

Theme of Halloween – Pagan or Christian?

Considering origins of Halloween / Christian involvement / What the bible might say about the activities or beliefs.

Sunday worship 27th October 2019

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Led by Mr Mike Warren

Mike related the story of Barnabus ‘the encourager’, friend of the friendless who came to follow Jesus also a friend of the friendless. Barnabus later encouraged Saul later to become Paul who changed from persecuting Jesus and his followers to become one of them.  Read about it in Acts 4 and 9.

This was followed by a sermon on Romans 15: 1-6 and Luke 4:16-24

Jesus, a visiting rabbi preaches from the seat of Moses in his home town. Jesus presented the 7 principles of his own ministry and as a template for the church.

Jesus was proclaiming that the reading from Isaiah 61:1,2 was being fulfilled by his presence but the people of Nazareth did not accept this son of Joseph as a prophet. They were then enraged that Jesus was saying sometimes God’s message would reach Gentiles rather than Jews.

Brick church – Saturday 19th October 2019

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Brick Church was well supported with young people designing and making ‘tables’ to support our harvest offering.

We heard how Jesus told a story of a great feast. Do we fail to appreciate what is laid before us and make excuses because we are too busy? Who do we forget to invite to the table?

Sunday 29th October 2019 Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Gifts donated during the service to be sent to the S6 Food Bank

Against a back drop of Lego ‘tables’ made during Lego brick church displayed on the window sills, corn dollies created by Lydgate school pupils draped around the pulpit and flowers throughout Rev Suzanne Nockels led our harvest festival.

Psalm 67:  May the peoples praise you God; may all the peoples praise you. The  land yields its harvest; God our God blesses us.

Harvest is a time when the community would come together to bring in the crop, hopefully sufficient to see them through the winter. A time of joy and relief if the harvest was good and a time to thank God

Deuteronomy 26 in the Hebrew bible

In biblical times the first part of any harvest was offered to God as a thanksgiving. Corn dollies were made from the first corn harvested. As then we should still always consider God first before all else.

Deuteronomy not only covers the harvest of crops but goes further  considering justice; slavery and workers rights.

God has a harvest so what does God wish to harvest? The bible refers to us as first fruit – One day good people will be harvested.

Revelation 14 may be heightened language illustrating John’s vision but still considers God’s harvest.  Written to persecuted Christians, John indicates how easy it would be to give up, however Revelation encourages us to keep going to a joyful harvest of peace and love.

One day God will complete his work and the whole harvest of the kingdom will be gathered in.

Sunday 13th October 2019 Prison Sunday

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Readings :  Ephesians  2  4 6    Colossians 4  10 18     Jeremiah 29  10 14

Paul wrote to his friends from prison as our readings today show       We were very interested to hear from a prison visitor who told us about the routine of  a visit  and how faith has played such a great part in the work that is done.

We also heard from a reformed man who told us about his life from being in care at the age of five   the mistakes he had made  and the treatment he received in prison   which had made him think bad of everyone  until he met his visitor and was led to faith and a different lifestyle  which he has followed without fail for many years now.   Both these people made us realize what faith can do   how God can change lives  even of those who seem beyond help   they also helped us to understand a different world.       A very inspiring service.

Saturday 12th October 2019

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Four of us went from Taapton to the Induction of the new minister Rev. Geoff Probert at Scunthorpe Congregational Church.  It was a lovely service and it was good that Keith as N E Area Chair and Suzanne as Federation President elect were there in an official capacity  as well as being personal friends of the church.

North East Area Assembly Saturday 5th October 2019

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Members of the church attended the Area Assembly at Stanley Congregational Church, Wakefield where we enjoyed lively worship led by our hosts music group, followed by an informative talk by Rev Helen Dean from Scarborough St John Signing Church on British Sign Language in the church.

The Bustle Lady Thursday 4th October

Friday, October 11th, 2019

At Soup and Roll Club we welcomed the ‘Bustle Lady’ who gave an excellent talk on adulterated food and standards in Victorian times and today.

Afternoon Tea Church Sunday 29th September

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We considered our connection with nature,  Adam named the animals but what names are we missing?