Archive for November, 2013

Sunday Service 24th November 2013

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Led by Margaret Wells
Readings from Psalm 32 and Luke 19:1-9

Theme: “Just Looking………..thanks!”

When we go shopping we are sometimes pleased to receive an approach from a shop assistant asking if we need help. On another occasion we may be just browsing and wanting to keep a low profile.
Zacchaeus was curious and wanted to see Jesus but being small he had to climb a tree to see what was happening over the large crowds that had gathered.
He didn’t want to be involved but just look and possibly learn. Zacchaeus didn’t have friends as a tax collector for the Romans but saw Jesus had friends, including Matthew a tax collector.
Jesus sees Zacchaeus and calls him down and rather than run off Zacchaeus hurries down.
How many times do we avoid getting involved, let someone else do it or come up with an excuse?
Getting involved often needs a leap of faith. We can question if we have the ability but through the help of God and the Holy Spirit we can receive great strength.
Do we need to come down from our tree? Or are we so involved that Jesus takes 2nd place in our lives. Should we stand back and see what is happening or stand back and allow others to take on the work?
Zacchaeus agreed to return all his ill-gotten gains. As Christians we need to be doers but need Christ in our lives

Pie and pea supper – Saturday 23 November 2013

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Nearly 40 people took advantage of the usual fantastic meat and potato pie from Rodney’s Butchers on School Road, Crookes.
Entertainment was provided in the form of a monologue from Ken Pask and quizzes based on the 12 days of Christmas and Road names of Sheffield by Andrea Birch and Keith Bradley.

Bible Study Wed. 20th Nov. 2013

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Leader : John Silverton
The Monarchy of Israel
When the 12 tribes of Israel came to the land of “Milk and Honey” it did not prove to be as sweet as they thought – there were disputes among the tribes themselves and battles with the Canaanites and later with the Philistines who were more organised and better equipped to fight. l Sam: 4 we learn that the Israelites went out to fight the Philistines and were defeated having lost about 4,000 men. So they sent for the Ark from Shiloh so that it could go with them into battle and God would be on their side. Eli’s two sons brought the Ark. When the Ark arrived, Israel raised such a shout and the Philistines were afraid because God had come into the camp of their enemy. However they fought and once again Israel were defeated and 30,000 men were lost and the Ark was captured – also Eli’s two sons were killed. Disaster for Israel who blamed God.
1 Sam: 8 When Samuel grew old he appointed his two sons as judges for Israel but they were dishonest so all the elders of Israel came together to ask Samuel to give them a King.
He disapproved of this and tried to dissuade them but in the end he agreed and anointed Saul – who was the first King of Israel.
The beginning of the Monarchy of Israel

Sunday Service 17.11.13

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Led by Russell Blackwell.

Readings from Matthew Ch.13 v 24-30
v 36-43
Revelations Ch.7 v 9-12

Russell introduced the theme of the sermon by talking about the service of remembrance in London this Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of CS Lewis. CS Lewis often referred to Heaven in his Novels but what is Heaven and what does it mean to us?
The Israelites believed in Heaven being made up of seven layers with God at the very Top. In Islam Heaven is a paradise a ‘Noble Garden ‘ perfect in every way. Is it a place or a ‘state of being’? Is it an experience ? Is it a perfect relationship with God?
How do we get to Heaven? Paul describes being given new bodies suitable for heaven. Jesus explains we will be judged individually by God in his own way in his own time.”Whoever comes I will not cast out” said Jesus. CS Lewis writes that Heaven will be a reward, an inheritance which will grow in value as we work towards it. From the Gospel we have the ‘good news’ that we can already live with Jesus on earth and begin our journey to Heaven. We know our destination as we work towards it. Whatever Heaven will be. We will desire it and it will be perfect to us all.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10th November 2013

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Leader: Susannah Youdan

Susannah led an emotional service – starting with reading a story about a Captain at the Cenotaph remembering his time at the front and particularly one young soldier who went out to find his friend and was mortally wounded himself.
Reading : Psalm 46 1 – 7 “God is our refuge & strength”
“Love your enemies be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”
What a challenge – none of us is perfect – even though we try – it is not easy.
Susannah then went on to tell about her Grandfather, Don, who was called up for the first war at the age of 18 and some of the things he encountered during his time in the forces – finishing when he was released from prisoner of war camp and came back to England and had to prove who he was because he had been listed as “dead”.
Through it all he had been unbelievably compassionate.
John 1 v3 Love each other and your enemies
Susannah then sang her grandfather’s favourite song which had sustained him throughout life and particularly through the hard times.
Remember not only at this time but every day those who gave their lives but also remember that Jesus gave his life for us.

One World Week – 8 November 2013

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Tapton joined ‘Churches Together in Hallam’ for a shared meal at St Columba to mark One World Week. It was an excellent evening starting with drumming using ‘Boomwhacker’ plastic pipes, then enjoying food from countries across the world, surrounded by their flags. During the meal we were invited to complete a quiz on food waste. Do you know we throw out of our homes, 86 million chickens a year? The amount we waste was brought home during a talk by Angela Powell from Cafod. Finally we were set free on the real drums courtesy of Unbeatable Energy Ltd.

Bible Study – Wednesday 6 November 2013

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Led by church member Mary Coates

Mary led us through a journey from the Old Testament Feast of the Passover to the Last Supper through to Holy Communion.

Table Tennis – Monday 4 November

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

This was the first match played between the two church sides playing in the Sheffield Table Tennis League. Despite a valiant effort by the B team and some excellent table tennis the A team came out on top.

Sunday Service – 3rd November 2013

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Service led by Mike Warren

Readings from
2 King 5
2 Chronicles 5
Luke 17:11-19

Mike dramatically acted out the story of Naaman’s healing from leprosy in the River Jordan from and moved onto the healing of the Samaritan in Luke.

In both passages the characters are healed following encouragement from others.

In particular there is encouragement from the young and we must never discount how clearly children see things and the words of the bible informing us to enter the Kingdom of God we need to be like a child.

North East Area Meeting – Saturday 2 November 2013

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The church welcomed representatives from other Congregational churches from the North East Area of the Congregational Federation to their Autumn Assembly.

The meeting was Chaired by Betty Bentham from Scunthorpe CC.

Keith Bradley from Tapton CC opened the meeting. As we had just witnessed the antics of halloweeen and the church was celebrating the vision of the people who paid for and built the church 100 years ago, the vision of dry bones given to Ezekial seemed most appropriate. His theme was – we are not working alone and everything is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.