Film Show ‘Suffragette’

July 4th, 2018

Continuing the suffragette theme, on Wednesday 4th July, the church hosted a showing of the film ‘Suffragette’ whilst enjoying light refreshments.

Crosspool Festival History Walk & Story of Adela Pankhurst

July 4th, 2018

On Tuesday morning 2 July about 35 people took part in a guided walking tour of historical sites in Crosspool finishing at Tapton for refreshments.

In the evening the church hosted a well attended talk by Sue Widdows on Adela Pankhurst and her suffragette family.

 

 

 

Organ recital by John Silverton

July 4th, 2018

On Sunday 1st July as part of the Crosspool Carnival, our talented organist John Silverton gave a recital at St Francis Church.

John an organ scholar from Lincoln Cathedral played a mixture of well known and less well known pieces.

Sunday worship – Father’s Day – 17th June 2018

June 23rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading:  Luke 15:11-32

As this is Fathers Day Suzanne chose the parable of the Prodigal Son.  Choosing two members of the congregation to act out the roles of the Father and the son who requested his inheritance early. Having squandered his money and suffered the ignominy of eating with the pigs he returns home to be welcomed by his father who does the shocking thing of running to greet him.

The older son who worked hard on the land takes umbridge and questions why his father had never thrown a party for him?  He misses the point that God is always welcoming and in the Father we see that he saw the son a long way off suggesting he was always looking for him returning as is God our Father.

The older son should recognise what is available in the Fathers House and avail himself of those things.  He should not feel he is better than the younger son for what he has done.

In our ordinary lives we have to interact with people. We should have a mission to breathe together the Holy Spirit and love one another. This should change where we stand for love in the Kingdom of God.  In Paul’s letter to Ephesus he starts close to home with the family and we are in a good position to enhance family values with fuller and richer lives.

The letter to the Ephesians is radical suggesting mutual submission whoever we are and in a patriarchal world this was controversial. Eph 4 particularly controversial as fathers had tremendous power. Paul is saying transcend the normal dad with love.

Take a breath of Spirit and become agents for the Kingdom of God  Why – because our faith demands it.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

June 3rd, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels                                                                                                         Baptism of baby James Peter Bradley                                                                   The theme for the afternoon was prayer.           It was good the see the church full  with young couples and their children  all happy to worship together and to share food and fellowship afterwards.

Wednesday 30th May 2018

May 30th, 2018

Bible study was led by Mary Coates

God is Love    Corinthians 1  13  v1 –    Faith, Hope and Love  the greatest of these is Love.     Love  Protects, perseveres, is patient,  kind and never fails.

There are many different forms of love  :                                                      Man/woman  – caring, sharing, protecting and also the physical side.       Parents/children  –  caring sharing, protecting, teaching.   The caring bond seems to change from one side to the other as the children get older.            Our parents  – do we love one more than the other ?  why?                                But best of all is the Love of God   which covers all these things and more.   In our darkest hours we tend to forget God and try to resolve things on our own –  that is the time we should go to Him   He is there always.

There is Faith and Hope  and Love       but the greatest is Love.

Sunday Worship 27th May 2018

May 28th, 2018

Leader: Darryl Lomas

Psalm 51 v10-13     Whitsuntide/Pentecost,   Following our gathering at Hillsborough Tabernacle last week with other churches and friends Darryl reminded us of past Whitsuntide gatherings when friends from all churches met together to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the hopes that we all have that perhaps in the future these will be revived.

Romans 8    Do you leave your t v switched on standby so it is ready?     In Jerusalem the Disciples were on standby .. are we on standby ?  Do we need to be switched on ready  or are we switched on now ?  Have we received the Holy Spirit or are we still waiting ?  The way to God is through the Holy Spirit

 

Sunday 20th May 2018

May 20th, 2018

Pentecost

Today Tapton joined with Hillsborough Tabernacle, the Salvation Army and other friends for a service and lunch at Tabs.      The singing was led by the Salvation Army band.  We were well fed in spirit and body.    There was no service at Tapton this afternoon.

Sunday Worship – 13th May 2018

May 13th, 2018

Led by Susannah Youdan from Mayfield Wesleyan Reformed Church

Reading: Luke 24  The risen Christ.

 

Susannah used candles to illustrate the part light plays in our religious beliefs referring to:

In the beginning God said let there be light and there was light and with light began creation and in the Christian calendar on Christmas morning we sing the light has come into the world. For 33 years whilst Jesus Christ was on earth the light was good.

In Exodus they followed a cloud and then the light from a fire. The Wise Men followed the light of one star amongst millions, whilst ‘Wreckers’ used one candle in a jar to misdirect shipping into thinking they were heading to the safety of a harbour

In the transfiguration Peter saw Jesus in a radiant light but when Jesus was nailed to a tree, the light was snuffed out, the Temple curtain was torn from the top down the middle and there was an eclipse of the sun.

This final darkness led to the disciples being very afraid and hiding in a locked room with the windows closed YET still Jesus appears amongst them and insists the touch and feel his wounds. Jesus is risen on the third day as prophesied proving he has conquered death – God of the living.  Finally Jesus ascends into heaven where he lives forever interceding on our behalf.

Susannah challenges us next week to Stop, Watch and Pray.  Wait as God patiently waits for us. Answer him by saying “God, here am I”.

 

Christian Aid Walk – 7th May 2018

May 8th, 2018

A number of our congregation joined with approx 100 other walkers on the sponsored 6 mile Christian Aid Walk to the west of Sheffield.

The weather was glorious, the company great and whats more we were raising money for the many good causes supported by Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Many thanks to David Owens and the organising Committee for ensuring at least one walk went ahead despite all the obstacles placed in their way by other Charitable organisations.