Each week we hope to bring you recordings of the teaching from our 10:30 and Café Church services. Due to the format of some of our services we are not always able to record the talks.  We hope you enjoy these talks and find that the Holy Spirit can talk to you through them.

Eric Barker – ‘Listening to Stories’ – 18th March 2018

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Podcast

Stories are powerful means of communicating with people. The two stories from today’s Bible readings illustrate this point, Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush, from Exodus 3:1-6, and Saul’s encounter on the Damascus road from Acts 9:1-9. Stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations when God impacts with them.

These stories become part of God’s story, and can also become part of our own story as they are so powerful.

Where are we in our story?

Is God part of our story?

Is our story worth telling? (If God is in it, then it will be worth the telling!}


Bishop John on Mothering Sunday 11th March 2018

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Podcast

John 3:16 was the sole reading at the All Age Service on Mothering Sunday, which coincided with the ‘Moving Mountains’ mission week end. The event included speakers from other dioceses, one of whom was Bishop John Thompson, Bishop of Selby who spoke about Mothering Sunday being traditionally the day on which people went back to the church where they were baptised – their ‘mother church’.

Illustrating the aspect og ‘going home’, Bishop John adorned himself with the flag of Yorkshire with its emblem of a white rose.

He then went on to speak about finding our true ‘home’, which is in Christ and thence the Church.


Steve Parkinson – “The Story” – 4th March 2018

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Podcast

This is the third of the series of sermons during Lent on the theme of ‘Telling Our Story’, tying in with the mission event called ‘Moving Mountains’

Headed ‘The Story’, Steve Parkinson builds on last week’s sermon by Tom Cox and goes on to show that this telling of our spiritual story is something we all can – and should – do at any age.

The readings used were Exodus 4:1-17 and Isaiah 35:1-10.


Tom Cox – “Telling God’s Story” – 25th February 2018

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Podcast

Names and their meanings was the lead in to Tom’s talk, based on readings from Exodus 3:7-23 and Matthew 16:21-28.

“I AM WHO I AM” (from Exodus 3:14) as the name of God was ‘unpacked’ by Tom, and the way in which that name – also interpreted as YAHWE and JEHOVA – can tell all there is to be known about God – ‘God’s Story’.


Alan Bing – ‘Telling Others’ – 18th February 2018

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Podcast

Moses’ reaction to being called by God to go and tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go from their captivity, as recorded in the reading from Exodus 6:1-13, was one common to most of us when faced with a similar call to speak out about our faith.

We can all find ‘reasons’ and ‘excuses’ why it should not be us but someone else!

The second reading, from John 9:13-25 in which the Pharisees ‘investigate’ Jesus’ heling of a blind man, also provides examples of people being afraid to speak out.

But we are all called to speak out, to go and tell others, and the first five verses of the Exodus passage provides five good reasons: we have the very power of God to support us!


Chris Taylor – All Age Valentine Service – 11th February 2018

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Podcast

Love – Agapé – Charity

1 Corinthians 12:31b – 13:13 formed the basis of Chris Taylor’s talk at the All Age Valentine Service, opening with a quotation from a popular Beatle’s song:

“Love, love, love;
Love, love, love;
Love, love, love!”

(“All you need is love”)

The Greek has four different words which we interpret as “Love”, the most important of which  is

Agapé – unconditional love – the love God has for us and showed through Jesus in his death and resurrection.  This is the love we should also have for each other.

Love – Agapé – Charity.


Matt Topping on being Amazed by Jesus – 28th January 2018

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Podcast

The Gospel reading from Mark 1:21-18 speaks of the people in the synagogue being ‘Amazed’ at the authority demonstrated by Jesus, both in his teaching and his power over demons.

Matt Topping amplified the depth of this amazement, as seen throughout the Gospel of Mark, and went on to show that we also can still be left in amazement as we see evidence of Jesus and God at work both in and around us.


Alan Bing: ‘Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary’ – 21st January 2018

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Podcast

Turning water into wine, as recorded in today’s Gospel reading from John 2:1-11 with support from Revelation 19:6-10, demonstrated how Jesus was, and still is, able to transform “The ordinary into the extraordinary”.

May our lives be so transformed today!


Brian Bull – Covenant Service 7th January 2018

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Podcast

Covenant Service 7th January 2018

1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Mark 1:4-11

Brian Bull was spoilt for possible themes, having the options of Epiphany, The Baptism of Jesus, or Covenant.

As it was the annual ‘Covenant Service’, he concentrated on our ‘Covenant relationship with God’, linking it in with both Epiphany and Baptism.

As a sort of visual aid to understanding the concept of ‘Covenant’, Brian made use of an actual hand-written Indenture from the 19th century of an Apprenticeship agreement between a man and an engineering company, setting out the obligations of both parties.  The word ‘covenant’ appeared in the document.


Peter Taylor: ‘Special Moments in Life’ – 31st December 2017

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Podcast

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)

The set readings for this First Sunday of Christmas were Galatioans 4:4-9 and Luke 2:15-21.

Peter Taylor concentrated on the text quoted above (Luke 2, verse 19) when speaking about those ‘Special Moments in Life’, their meaning and what we are to make of them.

Certainly something to ponder in our hearts!