North East Area Assembly Saturday 5th October 2019

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

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

October 11th, 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

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

Sunday 22nd September 2019

September 22nd, 2019

Leader :Margaret Wells   Reading   Philemon

Philemon is a book of only one chapter  22 verses   but it has been a great influence over the years  – Paul is asking the people to forgive Philemon his sins and accept him back into the family  (He has been in prison)   this is a very difficult thing for him to ask  –  we do not find it easy to forgive anyone and accept them back with open arms  no matter what they have done.   If our neighbour has entirely different views than ours  can we accept him and be good friends with him ?    There is a saying  “Never forgive  never forget”  and this is difficult to ignore.    Do we speak to those we meet when we go shopping, or on public transport ?  How much harder it is to accept someone into our close family circle.   Slavery stilll exists  do we try to befriend those we feel  might be not so free as we are?      There are many ways to befriend people  –  start by saying hallo to  a stranger and see where it leads.

Sunday 1st September 2019

September 1st, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels   Redings :  Ecclesiastes  9  7-15  John 10 7-10                                                               It is the 1st September today  children are going back to school, holidays are over, the start of autumn.   Have you joyous memories of sumer?  There has been joy during the Summer Joys programme at both churches  and joy on our summer holidays as well as other joyful occasions.   No a l life has been joyous but during the bad times we are upheld by the thought that these will end and joy will come.     Suzanne and Keith have just been to a museum in Paris which was about the Allies  entering Paris 75 years ago.  There was a dress on show which had been made by a lady who had heard that the allies were coming and she made the dress in anticipation of this event.  Can you imagine the joy she felt when she was able to wear it  after being occupied by German forces they were once again free of oppression.       Ecclesiastes has many references to joy       i.e   1  2        2  24-25         6  1-2     9  7-10

Suzanne and Keith were given a voucher from the church  to hear Kate Busby at the City Hall for their Silver Wedding

Saturday 31s August 2019

September 1st, 2019

Keith and Sally Bradley opened their garden and provided scones and buns and plenty of tea and coffee in aid of our pipe organ  which is in need of repair.   Ably assisted in the kitchen by Joanne.    Despite a heavy rainfall about 12.30 which soon cleared everyone had a lovely time.  Thanks to the Bradleys for their hard work

Sunday 25th August 2019

August 26th, 2019

Leader :  Pat Moseley    Readings :  Psalm 121   Mark  6   45-52

It is not possible to value the peace of God.    The sea of Galilee is surrounded by hills and these funnel wind down into the lake and cause sudden storms.  but when there are no storms this is is very peaceful place  and once seen can never be forgotten.   Jesus had gone into the hills to pray when the sudden storm arose on the lake and his disciples were having difficulty with the boat  and he walked out to them on the water and calmed the storm.  He still can come to us when a storm rises in our lives.  But if we remember Psalm 121  “I will lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help” Much nearer to home is the Hope Valley with its hills   and if we can get into the hills we can be close to God and be at peace  without all the distractions of city life.   Psalm 23  “Th Lord is my shepherd” is also related to the hills and  sheep grazing   and as the shepherares for his sheep  so our God cares for us.

Sunday 18th August 2019

August 18th, 2019

Leader:  Kinder Kalsi  – Church army

Readings :  Colossians 2  6-20  Luke 11                                                                                                           Why are we here   what are we expecting to take away with us ???                                                     Kinder told us a little about himself.    He was born in London in a Seikh family buat moved to Sheffield where he met his wife   In London he had to conform to many different rules but in Sheffield it was a different life  he had to learn many new things –  he found God and was baptized as a christian.  His work in the Church Army takes him into various parts of the community.   He asks  “Why is Christ important?”  We are on a journey through life,  we have to learn as we go along    We were shown a video of the work of the Church Army formed by Thomas  Carlile to help the underprivilaged and this work has expanded but is still carried on.     What do you do for Christ ? God loves everyone   do you?

Sicilian Evening – 4th August

August 8th, 2019

An enjoyable evening shared with our friends from Hillsborough Tabernacle at the home of our shared minister Rev Suzanne Nockels.

A great big thank you to Suzanne, Keith, Joe and Issac for putting on a fabulous feast of Sicilian food.

Sunday worship 4th August 2019

August 8th, 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings: Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11

Suzanne suggested a number of reasons peas are grown in pods, amongst them: – protection, growth and security.

She continued by considering how nuts, pregnancy and letters in an envelope all contain hidden content.

Colossians: 3:2-5

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

We are joined to Christ in an intimate way and we join him in his crucifixion and Resurrection.

Do we like to be hidden? Surely we;d rather be noticed, to be seen and not to lose our identity.  In Christ we may be hidden but can find ourselves.

Luke 12: 13-21

Does the Parable of the rich fool relate to a greedy farmer? No, but if not about greed what is it about?

Jesus is not embarrassed by wealth and at this time the crowd would have Deuteronomy 30 in their minds = to be abundantly fruitful (children, land and property)

This article is about I, I, I a monologue about himself to himself, answering his own questions. He cannot see beyond his own fields and appears immune to the joys of others. The man has no neighbour and has no need for God. Jesus called him a fool because of his inward views.

Where the heart lies is where the treasure is. Doing as I want is not a road to satisfaction. Ultimate satisfaction in God cannot be forced.

Suzanne set two challenges:

When making decisions we should talk to other people and not only like minded people, widen our conversations.

In financial matters pray to God. Set us free and bring joy in the things of God.