Archive for September, 2013

Sunday Service 29th September 2013

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Roy Davison led today’s service.
Readings were from; Amos Chapter 6 v1 & 4-6, St Luke 16 v19-31

Text: Luke 16 v31
Based on the Lectionary readings for this week, Roy warned of the need for us to believe now before it is too late.

This is seen clearly in the message from Luke in the comparison between the Rich Man and Lazarus. From collecting scraps beneath the table of the rich man, he finds himself in Heaven looking down on the Rich man tormented in Hell.

We can play our part by fulfilling our calling to speak the gospel and tell others of our Lord Jesus Christ and our faith. Jesus is our Saviour because he died for our sins and only through him can we be saved. How easy is it to speak about our faith?

Amos was a farmer who became a reluctant prophet working in northern Israel following a call from God. He probably felt concerned at his call to go to the north of the country where people were rebelling against God. He was alone but clearly had God at his side encouraging and strengthening him during his work. We should never consider ourselves alone.

Roy recounted the word of the hymn Go forth and tell…………..

Thanks Roy

Bible Study Wednesday 25th September

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Leaders: Pat Seedhouse/Sheila Lomas
The Ten Commandments – Deuteronomy 5 6-21
we read the commandments and then moved on to discuss various verses in Proverbs and compared them with each other – it was felt that Proverbs had more to say to us in today’s world but that the commandments were the basis of Christian living. The book of Proverbs is full of instruction – sentences that can be applied in any walk of life – giving hope to the lonely and sick and always an underlying fear of the Lord if we disobey his will. “The wise are those who heed God’s commands while the foolish ignore them. Wisdom is all important in the business of living”

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Leader : Brian Jones
Readings : Psalm 15
Ephesians 2 1 – 10
Jeremiah 18 1 – 12
We all think we know the answer – is it any worse or any better than it used to be ??
Is the problem political/military/economical or
Jeremiah was taken to see the potter at his work – if there are mistakes he breaks up the pot he is making and using the same clay makes another pot. He uses the same clay for all his pots, large or small, basic or intricate – nothing is left to chance – he has a plan for every piece of clay – WE are all made from a piece of clay – God has a plan for us – if we are marred he breaks us and remakes us – in Ephesians we read “We are God’s workmanship” – nothing is left to chance
perhaps the simple answer is PEOPLE – people need to change – we all need to surrender to the potter and not try to form our own lives – we cannot live life to our own plan no matter how much we think we can – we need to fit in with God’s plan for us – have you let the potter work his plan on you ???

Saturday 12th October at 7.00p.m “Back to back houses” a talk by Susannah Bingham £3

26th October 7.30 p.m
Internationally renowned Harpist Robin Ward. If you came last year to hear him we are sure you will not want to miss this visit – if you missed his last visit he is amazing and well worth coming to hear not at all what you would expect.
Tickets now on sale £8 & £5 concessions Tel. 2308085

Saturday 21st September 2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS with Loxley Silver band

Despite the inconvenience caused by Tapton Hill Road being closed due to a water burst our spirits were lifted when we entered the church which was well lit (new lighting) and welcoming with bunting, balloons and flags everywhere, this set the scene for what was to be a wonderful evening of music from the Loxley Silver Band and their Musical Director Lee Dunkley who played music from films “Over the Rainbow” & “633 Squadron” music from shows “Love changes everything” & “I don’t know how to love Him” also the “Radestsky March” etc. There were four instrumental soloists who all played so beautifully, the youngest being Jacob who at the age of 13 thrilled us all with an instrumental solo in “Little Red Bird”.
The evening was brought to a patriotic conclusion with “Rule Brittania”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope & Glory” a lot of audience participation with flag waving, balloons and clapping.
What an uplifting, ceiling-raising event it was – thanks to everyone who helped, to the band for coming, to the soloists for making it special, and lastly to all who came and supported us.

Sunday Service 15th September 2013

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Thank you to the Rev John Simms from Wesley Hall and Walkley Ebenezer for taking today’s service.
Readings were from;
Exodus Ch. 32 v 7-14
Timothy Ch. 1 v 12-17
Luke Ch. 15 v 1-10 (the lost sheep and the lost coin)
Rev Simms began by talking about cryptic crosswords and how the English language has so much ambiguity in words. The word ‘Save’ can mean; to accumulate , to rescue or to ‘save’ a goal!
Rev Simms remembers clearly the day he was ‘Saved’ and explains how important salvation is to us all. God will always save us if we ask . Salvation is not a one off event but an ongoing process.
In Timothy it says ” Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” this tells us about the ‘Object’ the ‘Agent’ and the ‘Means’ of salvation.
The ‘Object’ is all sinners from the very serious to the menial. None of us are perfect we all do things we need forgiveness for.
The ‘Agent’ is Christ Jesus who came into the world looking for the lost and the sinners, ready to give his own life to save ours.
The ‘Means’ Jesus asks us all to be his ‘body’ on earth to do his work for the good of everyone.
We need to remember to ask Jesus for help if we need it, to ask for forgiveness when we do wrong and to try and do Jesus’s work here on earth.

Bible Study 11th September 2013

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Leader: Keith Bradley
“Friendship” a relationship between two or more people who are friends, the mutual feelings of trust and affection and the behaviours that typify relationships and a relationship between people, organisations, or countries that is characterized by mutual assistance, approval and support.
“Fellowship” A group of people who share common interests, goals, experiences or views. Companionship or friendly association and membership in a group.
An old book of Tapton gives a a pledge the members made each year -…. it is the Lord’s will that we should unite in church fellowship ….. solemnly covenant and agree with Him and with each other, to walk together as a Christian church etc..
Question :Is it a part of being a Christian to seek out friends with who to share our faith?
Question : Do congregations grow as a result of faith, or friendship, or both?
A well known hymn says “What a friend we have in Jesus” Do we always remember this?
The Bible gives many examples of true friendship e.g
James 4:8 draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
Proverbs is another good source of wisdom
Prov.17:17 A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
Prov.18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend sticks closer than a brother.
Prov.13:20 whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm etc.
We discussed these verses at great length and came away with many thoughts both in our personal lives and our church lives together in fellowship and friendship.
The next study group will be on 25th September when friends are asked to bring their favourite scripture reading for discussion.

Monday 9th September 2013

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Harvest Auction & soup and roll
All who came really enjoyed the evening and went home laden with goods and plants. Keith did stirling work auctioning all the goods with help from Joanne and Val. As usual Sheila provided some delicious soup and Pat brought the new bread rolls to go with it. Followed by cakes and cups of tea. Any monies raised will be divided between the Food bank at S6 and Tapton. This is probably the last Harvest auction we will have and it will be remembered as being a good one. Thanks to all who came and supported us.

Sunday 8th September 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Leader : Russell Blackwell
It was good to have Tom Lomas with us on the organ.
We were treated to dips of various flavours which was certainly a different way to start a Sunday service. Then Russell went on to talk about spices/flavours – God provides for all – different tastes and texture in abundance.
Readings: Psalm 65 v 11 – 13 Praise and Thanksgiving (a psalm which has so much meaning at this time of year.
Luke 17 v 11 Of the ten men who were cured only one returned to give thanks – where were the other nine?? do we give thanks as often as we should??
We have SO much to be thankful for.
Psalm 104 Praise my soul. Do we praise as often as we should??
Harvest is only a small part of God’s creation but his abundance shows best at this time of year- He is the source of so many things. He is the builder who lives on the premises. We have a duty to look after His creation. it is so easy for us to see and admire His handywork Food is provided – we are satisfied – but are we?? The River of Grace provides our living water – so many things in God’s creation depend on water and He supplies for their needs.
His world is not boring it is full of colour, sounds, smells, tastes but we should remember mankind is not the centre just a small part of a larger scene –
A person reaps what he has sown.
Remember – give thanks – its not a hard thing to do Are we the one man out of ten or are we with the crowd who go their own way without a word of thanks?? Jesus was disappointed with them – is he disappointed with you??
Buzz Aldrin asked for time to give thanks when he landed on the moon Count your blessings

Keith announced the winner of yesterday’s quiz was Alison and gave answers to all the questions.

Cups of tea were provided in the schoolroom afterwards.

Saturday 7th September 2013

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

We all had a wonderful time today – looking at old photographs and talking about so many events that have taken place with Tapton folk over the years. The quiz set for us by Keith made us search, think and question what did we really know about the place?? the ladies in the kitchen did stirling work with a never ending supply of cups of tea = all in all a great success story. Looking forward to Harvest Festival tomorrow at 2.45 and the auction Monday evening with soup and roll.

Saturday 7th September 2013

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The Church will be open 2.00p.m to 4.00p.m for anyone wishing to pop in for a cuppa and share memories of Tapton. memorabilia will be on show.
Sunday 8th is our Harvest Festival Service at 2.45p.m when Russell Blackwell will lead.
Monday at 7.15p.m. is the Harvest Auction with soup and roll @ £2.