Archive for August, 2015

28th – 31st August Church Camp

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Nine intrepid members of the church enjoyed 3 days in the beautiful countryside in Birdwell, Barnsley.

On Saturday we walked three miles to Wigfield Farm and were later joined by four other members of the church for a Chinese evening meal and quiz night.

On Sunday we held morning worship at the camp site, during which we collected many wild seeds from around the field and heard readings from Genesis, Matthew and Luke relating to seeds. The provision of seeds, the sowing of seeds and harvesting on the Sabbath.

Jesus Christ told the parable of he mustard seed, how it can grow from a tiny seed into a tree and we can see how Jesus Christ may be regarded as the first seed of Christianity multiplying to the millions on earth today.

At Tapton we wish to encourage seeds of faith to grow and then water, feed and nurture them.

23rd August 2015

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Leader: Susannah Youden
Readings: Matthew 15 v 29 Feeding 4,000
John 6 v1 Feeding 5,000
Matt.16 v6 Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
Twice Jesus fed the crowd – first with 7 loaves and few fish second with 5 loaves and 2 fish. the were filled and plenty left over. In the boat with the disciples Jesus warned them against yeast – this makes things rise – plumps them up – so the “yeast” of the Pharisees would plump them up, make them feel important, better than others.
We were then all given a piece of unleavened break with fish on it and whilst we ate Susannah gave us an account of the feeding supposedly as written by someone who was there and then she talked about the differences in the two stories : e.g .Jesus healed many in one – not in the other – 5 loaves x- 7 loves 2 fish x few fish – after a storm in one no mention of storm in the other – Jews and Gentiles – different venues etc.. Many differences.
Jesus still feeds us with the bread of life – we must be grateful – we must try to be compassionate as he was.

16th August 2015

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Thanks to Jonathan Youdan, Joint Pastor of Mayfield Wesleyan Reform Church in Mayfield Valley, Sheffield for leading our worship today.

Readings: Acts 4:23 & Galatians 5:16

‘Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit’.

Galatians was written about 50 AD, 20 years following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Paul previously wrote to the church in Galatia which was meeting in small house groups. These groups were starting to disagree over the deeper theology.

Jonathan related the difficulty of determining how to tell trees apart in winter, even in spring when leaves appear they can still be mistaken and only when the fruit appears can we be certain and only then if we know the difference between varieties. E.g. Cox v Granny Smith

Paul relates to the fruit as distinguishing the Christian arising out of the Spirit in us. The Spirit will allow us to speak with all boldness and without the Spirit we can be led astray.

The words of Paul may have contained cultural undertones. People want to be identified and wear a label but it is not necessary to their faith. It does not require you to fight for rights nor worship in a correct style.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The qualities Paul writes of can be in short supply in 21st Century. Matching our lives to the qualities referred to by Paul should be our badge and our identity.

Can we

9th August 2015

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Room 101 what would you put into room 101 ?? Suzanne would put name tags from conferences. We all have a name but some have changed theirs for various reasons In the bible there were name changes Saul to Paul, Abraham to Abram, Jacob to Israel, Naomi to Mara etc.
What name are we known by? a nickname, a rude name, our birth name ? or Christian??
Mark 5 Jesus had calmed the storm and the boat had landed on the other side of the lake in a pagan land ruled by Romans. They landed in a cemetery where a man lived who had lost his mind – but he knew who Jesus was. He said his name was Legion because he was controlled by 6,000 spirits – Jesus sent the spirits into a herd of 6,000 pigs who ran and fell off a cliff and were killed.
Suzanne told the story by means of three people who were in the story
1. A Disciple – had been terrified in the boat during the storm, but was scared now by being in a cemetery in a pagan land with an insane “creature” and the events that followed.
2. The pig owner – lost a lot of money when his pigs died – the Romans liked pork and were good customers – why did this man Jesus come and interfere – why not leave the poor man alone – he was not causing any harm he lived in the cemetery away from people.
3 . the man in the cemetery had been normal once – but attrocites committed by the Romans and other violent things meant he could not cope and he had a breakdown. Jesus came and calmed the storm within him and told him to go back home.

Jesus calms storms wherever he goes, in whatever situation he finds himself, and he will calm our fears and our storms Just ask him Be restored and be whole again.

If you believe, and I believe
and we together pray
The Holy Spirit must come down
and set God’s people free

Sunday 2nd August 2

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Psalm 111
When this psalm was written originally it was in Hebrew and was an acrostic. This helped the people of the time to remember it. We also have acrostics to help us to remember and today we talked through a few letters of our alphabet and put our interpretation of God into those letters.
Second reading Mark 4 v 35
Jesus calms the storm
The sea was rough the boat was filling with water and Jesus slept. We have storms in our lives – sometimes these leave a trail of destruction, loss or hurt. Sometimes these storms are in families and end in breakups. Sometimes storms are in churches and cause splits. Does Jesus care or is he asleep?? Of course he cares life cannot be all plain sailing we have to take the rough with the smooth but he is always there with us.
When Jesus awoke he calmed the storm and this made his fellows on the boat more afraid than they had been when it was stormy they asked “who is this man?” In psalm 111 we read “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
Storms help us to understand our weaknesses God is always there for us, if we fear him we will understand