Sunday 31 December 2018 – Sunday worship

January 1st, 2018

Led by Mr Darryl Lomas

Readings:  Ezekiel 33:7  ff &  1 Corinthians  15:50 ff

Darryl hoped whatever situation the congregation found themselves in over the Christmas period, they put God at the centre.

At this end of 2017 service Darryl asked us to look back, reflecting on his visit to see the great Bob Dylan who sang his anthem ‘Times they are a changing’.

Darryl suggested the majority of us don’t like change citing New Year resolutions to change something, only to remain the same. However he highlighted we do accept change – e.g. our cars, hairstyles and jobs.

Our minister’s influence has led to change at Tapton but are we ready for more? We must embrace change or at least compromise, we cannot remain the same and move forward.

Ezekiel the prophet warns us about our duty to change the lives of others or become responsible for their sins, even if they don’t wish to change. We are not to hide our light.

According to Malachi  nothing stays the same, but God does remain the same and in whom we need to put our trust – now not tomorrow.  God is our rock providing our comfort.

Lego Nativity – Saturday 23rd December

January 1st, 2018

Using Lego bricks children met together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

We had a fabulous time at our Lego Nativity at Tapton yesterday. The hall was full. Otis won the challenge of creating the best bed out of Lego with his fire-safety bed. We had ‘flower’ beds, underwater beds, flying beds and space beds. We then looked at the Christmas story in Lego and the unlikely crib for a King; the manger.

Christmas Day

December 25th, 2017

We met for a brief service led by Suzanne Nockels, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was wonderful to have with us 6 babies and their parents and also five older children with their parents as well as regular family members and some visitors  certainly a celebration of birth. We also looked as some photographs of some of our “older” members as babies and tried to guess who they were. This was an extremely happy time for all – a day to remember.

Sunday 24th December 2017

December 24th, 2017

Christmas Eve
Once again the church was lit mainly with candles. The service was led by Suzanne Nockels.
Most people have ideas of what they want their life to be, what occupation they want to follow, they plan their future in their minds – but quite often the future does not turn out to be at all as we planned … events occur which change our direction, or we decide differently and often this change of direction is for the best even though at the time we might not think so. Mary and Joseph did not want to change their plans for the birth of their baby to leave friends and relations and travel 100+ miles to register in the town of Bethlehem – they did not plan for their baby to be born in a stable, and yet this was such a momentous occasion that it is talked about even today.
It is good for us all to have hopes and aims for our lives but it is not good for anyone to be disappointed if things dont work out the way planned .. just live your life in the best way you know how and have faith that all will be well.

Sunday 17th December 2018

December 18th, 2017

Carols by candlelight service
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Isaiah 9
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light
those who lived in a land of deep darkness
on them light has shined
We lit another advent candle
Between carols
We saw an enactment of a mother struggling with shopping, food, presents, children – carrying a physical and emotional burden.
We saw a shepherd, one of the lowest of the low – shunned by the people in the city, who was carrying a burden of being an outcast and yet the shepherds were the first people the angels told of the birth of the baby Jesus.
We are all carrying a burden of one sort or another … we were given a pebble each – as a symbol of the  load we carry and we brought these to the manger and left them there. We also had a candle each which we lit and also brought to the manger – so we had brought our problems to Him and also seen the light shone in our lives.
Mary had put her faith in the Lord when she was told she would have a baby – she had courage .. we all need courage during our lives to face whatever challengers are put before us – but if we trust in Him and bring our burdens to Him then we will all see the light.
Thanks to all the members of the congregation who took part in this service.   Thanks also to those who had decorated the church with all the candles etc.

Sunday 10th December 2017

December 10th, 2017

OUR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
We were delighted to welcome Rev. Janet Wootton from Bedford to lead our service today despite the snow and forecast of more to come.
Janet’s theme for the afternoon was darkness v light.
Janet told us of her visit to a remote part of India where she was asked to light a beacon on top of a mountain – when lit the flame spread up to the top of the pole to a beacon which could be seen for miles around – a light in the darkness showing christianity to all.
In Isaiah 60 we read “The light of the Lord will shine …..I The Lord will be your eternal light”.
John 9 tells the story of the man, blind from birth, whose sight Jesus restored on the Sabbath.
The man had been in darkness all his life but Jesus gave him light.
Some in the crowd blamed his blindness on sin.
When the man was healed he said it was The Prophet who had given him his sight
The Pharisees did not believe him. He was in the light they were in darkness.
His parents agreed he had been born blind but dare not go against the Pharisees so they said “ask him, he is an adult” they feared being thrown out of the temple.
Some are victims of prejudice and others are full of prejudice.
Some are in physical darkness, others emotional darkness – we are blind – but we will see.
Find Jesus He is the light of the world
Darkness is not stronger than light – if you come to Jesus you will find the light.
Reassure others – there will be darkness – but the light will overcome that darkness.

Advent Sunday Service

December 3rd, 2017

Arranged by organist John Silverton involving a number of church members.

Theme: ‘But who may abide the day of His coming?’

Readings:

Malachi 3 vv 1-3,  Isaiah 64 vv 1-8,  Roman 13 vv 8-14, Mark 13 vv 24-37 & Luke 21 vv 25-27

Sermon led by Mr Darryl Lomas

As the church lit the first Advent candle there is a ray of hope in this season of hope.  Will we get the present we want for Christmas? Will family and friends take the hints or get something we dont want?

As we witness the build up to Christmas we are bombarded with adverts full of joy and goods but it wont be full of joy for all.  In Romans, God is the source of hope through his grace. Hope of what will come on earth – real hope.

Advent is latin for coming, the coming of our Lord and Saviour.  We will be tested and we hope for a good future for our families, but this is a time of waiting. The early church waited for the coming Messiah promised in Isaiah. Waiting can be a passive experience e.g. in a Doctors waiting room or at the train station. As Christians, as we await a second coming we must not be passive but prepare ourselves.

Some see the birth of Jesus Christ as a meek and mild event in a stable but his actions were radical so for the second coming we expect his arrival in judgement of  our actions or inactions. In Corinthians we read that we will get what we deserve.

Wednesday 29th November 2017

November 30th, 2017

12 of us met with Zadie Orr to talk about Matthew 25 v 31 The sheep and the goats.
A very interesting passage – not as simple as at first thought – we have to seriously consider if we would be with the goats or the sheep when Jesus comes again – have we fed Him, given Him a drink when he asks, do we invite Him as a stranger into our homes, did we visit in prison ? If you have done any of these thing to anyone then you have done it to Him. We are now in the sseason of advent – looking forward to celebrating the birth of Christ and hoping for His second coming -BUT are we prepared for that ?? It may well be that we are frightened or apprehensive to do some ot the things He mentions, perhaps we could form a group, or join an association who voluntarily do these things – otherwise we may finish up with the goats.

Sunday 26th November 2017

November 26th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Today was our Gift Sunday
we brought gifts of toiletries etc., for the Good News Family Care at Buxton. We heard about its formation and how they help some of the homeless, abused, and needy people of the area.
If we are given a coupon to get something free from a shop are we suspicious? Do we ask why ? is it a gift ? – are we suspicious of anyone offering us something that is free ?
Grace is given freely – but do we accept it?
Today we give freely and with grace our gifts to this caring home for the needy in Buxton.
Reading : Ephesians 2 1-9
Paul is accusing the people of being spiritually dead. The diagnosis is that Sin is the start of a lot of problems – we need to be cured.God’s mercy is free for all.  If we accept his gift it will give us life in full.
v.5 in the reading says ” “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Sunday 19th November 2017

November 19th, 2017

Leader: Jonathon Youden
Readings : Genesis 45 1-15
Mark 7 24 -35
In Mark’s reading we wonder why was Jesus so rude to the Gentile woman who asked for his help. Was it perhaps because he had wanted his visit to that house to not be announced ? Was it that she was a Gentile?
He called her a dog.  But Jesus was surprised by her answer. Perhaps he had just been testing her. The thing which impressed Him was she had faith in Him. It was that faith which cured her daughter.
Some people are accused of only going to church when they want something — there are some church people who talk of someone as “not being one of us”
All need achievable objectives but these must not be the only aims
It doesnt matter who a person is they all need to hear the gospel – to be told about Jesus.
What benefits can we offer those who we say are “not one of us”?
WE HAVE A GOSPEL TO PROCLAIM