Tapton Hill Congregational Church
An independent church founded in 1853 - A member of the Congregational Federation  
  
 
 
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Who are we?

As a Congregational Church we are independently run by the members through our Church Meetings, where Spirit led we can all have a say in how we feel is the best way to worship 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

We meet for worship each Sunday at 2.45pm for services led by the Rev 
Suzanne Nockels our Minister, visiting ministers or lay preachers.

Everyone is welcome to join us as we also meet for other activities including 
regular prayer and bible study during the week. (see Church Diary page for 
details)

Although independent we belong to the Congregational Federation and are part of Churches Together in Hallam who we occasionally join for ecumenical fellowship 

MINISTER’S MUSINGS

‘WITH’

I often find that the most profound words in the Bible are the smallest one. For example, ‘if’, ‘but’, ‘when’ and ‘why’. We jump over them and perhaps don’t think about them too much but when we ponder them they can reveal great truth.

So what about the word ‘with’?

God said, ‘I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12)

In Exodus, God had a bold plan to rescue his people from the suffering of slavery. Moses had objections: Me? Why me? I can’t do it! To which God said, ‘I will be with you’. Centuries later the disciples stood on a mountain top in Galilee. They worshipped the risen Jesus but doubted their abilities and the way ahead. To which Jesus said, ‘I will be with you always until the very end of the age’.

It is interesting that God does not promise to take away all the obstacles from our path, or keep us from all peril and pain. God doesn’t promise to give us utter certainty and remove all doubts before we go out. Instead God promises ‘with’…’I will be with you’.

When I think of those human encounters that feel most like a window into God, what I have experienced is not a person who fixes things for me or tells me exactly what to do. I have experienced someone who is ‘with’ me, who is present in a powerful and real way. It is the person who goes with us to the hospital or will let us tell that story again and again and again until the bitterness eases.


God could easily overwhelm us with answers, fixes, advice or interventions. Often we wish that God would work like that..and yes, miracles do happen…but this is not an over-functioning God. Recently, I visited the moving Museum of Afro-American History in Washington DC. You begin in the depths of the museum with the hardships and suffering of slavery and as you go through the levels you rise through emancipation and the civil right movements to a floor that celebrates the contribution of Afro-Americans to music, culture, and sport. It is, obviously, a painful story but threaded throughout are smaller narratives of amazing faith. A God who gives strength for people to make their own choices and step forwards.

We may think we need a God who will do it all, who will protect us from every pain. Do we? If my human analogies are any indication, that is not our deepest need. We do not need others to lead our lives for us or deal with our challenges on our behalf. But we do need a God who is "with." Fully present. Engaged.   

"With"—it could be God's truest name. It is what we really need. And what we have in our journey of discipleship.

Prayer

Emmanuel, God with us, thank You for being You. Amen.

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Soup and Roll Club meets every first Thursday in the month.
 
Everyone welcome  -  From 11.30am to 1.30pm
 
Bible Study alternate Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Table tennis social and natter on the other Wednesdays.
 
 
RASCALS Breakfast Club Monday - Friday 7am to 8.30am
 
RASCALS After School Club - Weekdays in termtime
 
 
see diary for more information