Sunday 27th September 2020

A L A N   T H O R P E        

L e a d s   o u r   H A R V E S T    T H A N K S G I V I N G

Title: What’s stopping our communication with God ?

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*** includes a special message for Piers & Liz***


Sunday 20th September 2020- Ben Warrener reads from

Isaiah 45..  and gives an update of the work of C.A.P.

Part 2 :-

Hear some more about C.A.P. on our ‘Other Downloads’ page.


Sunday 13th Sept 20 Dick Chammings        Ephesians Chapter 4

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Sunday 6th Sept 20 Alan Thorpe – What is a Church ?

Reading= 1 Corinthians 3  v9


30th August 20-  Andrew Littlejohns.  1 Corinthians Chap 2  v1-5

Jesus Christ & Him Crucified 


Sunday 23rd Aug 20:

THE GREATNESS OF GOD –A mini audio sermon from John Raymont

P  s  a  l  m      8

Photos from John’s Woodland walks



H E R O E S      I N     L O C K D O W N  –  A four week mini series with Dave Hopwood.   Recorded especially for Abbotsham Baptist Chapel.

Sunday 16th August  W E E K  4.        Joseph

Don’t Give Up   Keep Believing                             Part 1.

Don’t Give Up      Keep Believing                 Part 2.


Sunday 9th August  WEEK 3.     Mary

Faith & Change A New Normal       Part 1.

Faith & Change A New Normal    Part 2.



Sunday  2nd august   WEEK 2.       Esther

Faith and Action Under Pressure – Part  1

Faith & Action Under Pressure.. Part  2



Sunday 26th July 20    WEEK  1.             Daniel

Staying in touch with God  –  Part 1

Staying in touch with God- Part 2 ( Just press the white ‘Play’ triangle)



Sunday 19th July- Andrew Littlejohns.  G R A C E

Part 1

Part 2



S U N D A Y  5th  J U L Y       V i r t u a l   S e r v i c e

Audio clip #1    Hymn- And can it be

Audio clip #2 GOD WORKING IN UNEXPECTED WAYS- Dave Hopwood


Audio clip #3 Communion 


S U N D A Y   21st   J U N E     V i r t u a l   S e r v i c e 

Audio clip #1        Hymn- Amazing Grace

Audio clip #2  Sermon- Dave Hopwood- Celebrating Pentecost

 Read: Acts Chapter 2Read: Ezekiel  Chapter 37

Audio clip #3 Closing Prayer- The Lords Prayer   






SUNDAY 24th MAY      PENTECOST  SUNDAY   (The Holy Spirit comes to all believers)

Pentecost  (meaning fiftieth) was originally marked fifty days after ‘passover’.  Now celebrated on this the 7th Sunday after Easter.  Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit. Now automatically received when becoming a Christian.


THURSDAY 21st M A Y    ASCENSION DAY (The 40th Day of Easter)

Ascension day commemorates Jesus ascension into heaven.  Jesus promised the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and asked them to remain in Jerusalem until the spirit had come. They waited and prayed.  39 days after that first Easter Sunday…..




GOOD FRIDAY   10th April Dave Hopwood:



5th April Palm Sunday   David Wilson:  sermon-

When Piers sent me the Bible passage for my sermon on Palm Sunday, it rather threw me.

Palm Sunday is the happy bit of the Christian Easter, when Jesus’ popularity reached new heights, his fans cheering and celebrating as he rode into Jerusalem on a wave of crowd fever. I was being asked to speak on the darkness and agony of the following Friday, something that I knew I had never done before. So with some trepidation I opened my Bible at Matthew chapter 26 and began to read. As I did so I realised God had already set my mind up for it. For some time I had been musing on why Jesus had suffered so much and the text was giving me the chance to answer the question.

Consider what happens to him in Matthew 26 and 27; a friend turns against him, others abandon him and he meets his enemies utterly alone. He feels the full power of his people’s rulers and the Roman state turned against him. He learns what it is like to face unrestrained anger and injustice, and to do so knowing he can’t use his power to overcome the Sanhedrin or Pilate. As Isaiah wrote, he went to his slaughter like a silent lamb. Betrayed, abandoned, utterly alone and helpless, and even though he willingly and humbly accepted this as the road he must walk, this mental and emotional suffering was only the beginning. The curve of pain got worse.

Those of you who have seen Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ will appreciate what Jesus’ trial and crucifixion entailed: total vulnerability to an irresistible enemy, beatings, torture, flogging, mockery, and desperate public humiliation in the streets of his own city. Six hours of unspeakable agony on the cross; plumbing the deepest despair of his soul. It has been said that to know the union with God in the perfection that Jesus knew and to have that broken was an agony beyond anything that, being so much less that he, we could ever imagine let alone experience.


We consistently, and rightly, speak about and preach on the blood of Christ; how all the sacrifices made under the Old Testament covenant with Israel are ended with the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus. His blood is enough for the sins of the whole world. But the animals on the altar had their throats cut, it was quick and clean and the blood was shed. If only blood was needed why did God not simply have Jesus beheaded? It would have mirrored exactly the old covenant sacrifices and spared him such suffering. Was it to fulfill the OT prophecies about the Suffering Servant, but why so prophesy in the first place?

In Communion we share bread as well as wine. Jesus broke bread and said “ This is my body, given for you”  Isaiah 53 says “..he was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering.. he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows…by his wounds we are healed”  The Cross was never meant to be merely an easy answer to a theological problem; it was a way for God to experience the depth of human suffering. What utter loneliness and despair feels like, how fear and vulnerability feels. Exhaustion, physical agony, mental darkness, bereavement. None of that would have been possible with a quick and painless end.  Frank Lake, a missionary to India wrote much on the application of Theology to illness, especially mental illness. He memorably recorded how as one man stared in bitter exhaustion at a crucifix, hurling his despairing anger at Christ for what he was suffering, he sensed Jesus say to him, “yes, I know what you feel, why else should I come?” In that moment of shared suffering, the companionship of Jesus started his slow ascent out of despair into hope and deliverance.

It has been truly said that Jesus did not come to relieve our suffering but to fill all of it with his presence. Surely we should thank him that his blood releases us from sin but also it will do us good to meditate more on his arrest, trial, punishment and broken body, for our suffering can be often more pressing than a sense of our sin. He empathises with us because he knows how we feel. How much good might that do us? A great deal I think. The bread matters as much as the wine.




29th March 20 Dave Hopwood-SERMON NOTES FOR TODAY:

Talk for Abbotsham 29/3/20 – The Way of the Cross Accepted

6 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy. 7 During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. 8 The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste of money,” they said. 9 “She could have sold it for a fortune and given the money to the poor.”   10 But Jesus replied, “Why berate her for doing such a good thing to me? 11 You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer. 12 She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 13 I assure you, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.” Matthew 26

We never know the impact we have on people. What we might do that might continue to inspire them. My class teacher, when I was about 7, got me to read out a story I had written to the rest of the class. He wanted to encourage me. And I’ve never forgotten that. It made a lasting impression. This woman would certainly have made an impression. A bit of a stink actually! Albeit a really good one. She filled the house with the kind of aroma that would have lasted days. Perhaps all the way through to the day of Jesus’s resurrection. The aroma of Jesus if you like, pointing to his death and sacrifice for the world. And in the passage we read that Jesus encouraged this woman by assuring her that what she did counted. Not just for him then, but for us now. She served him and it really mattered. And that’s a very good reason for us to continue to serve Jesus, to help us others in his name.

Here are a few more verses from Matthew 26:

36 Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.”

39 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!”

42 Again he left them and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.” 43 He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open.

44 So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45Then he came to the disciples and said, “Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”

The strange good news from this part of the Easter story is that Jesus struggled. He wasn’t pretending, or acting out a scene for us, he was scared. He wanted another way. I find myself wondering how on earth he could have had the stomach to eat anything at that Last Supper just an hour or so before, when he knew what was coming. The reason I say this is good news is because we are all fearful, we all struggle, we all wish for an easier way at times. And Jesus understands that. He knows what it is to face a difficult time. And he can help us choose the best way forward, God’s way forward. This wasn’t the first time he had wondered about changing direction. In John chapter 12 verses 27-28 we read that Jesus said this –

“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’? But that is the very reason why I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought it glory, and I will do it again.”        

God the father, knowing his son needed encouragement, spoke to him and urged him on. Jesus knew this was going to be a hard road, and his father knew that too. Last year I met a teacher who had run the London marathon, when she reached the last few miles the one thing that kept her going, she said, was hearing the encouragement of others beside the track. The spectators urging her on. Encouragement is really important. Jesus needed it. We need it. So does the person next to you. Never underestimate the power you hold in your hands to help others keep going.   Peter Harris one of the founders of the A Rocha conservation organisation wrote this in his book Under the Bright Wings:

‘We carry on working, not because of a guarantee of success, or a belief that we will change the world, but because it is right to do what we do.’

And in the film Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, the character of Frodo, frightened about the mission he is on, is encouraged by Gandalf:

‘I wish the ring had never come to me,’ says Frodo, ‘I wish none of this had happened.’

‘So do all who live to see such times, but it’s not for them to decide,’ Gandalf replies. ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’

We find ourselves in extraordinary times. This Easter will be different. But the Emmanuel baby of Christmas, the God with us baby, has grown up, and lived through difficult times of his own. He is with us. Alive and resurrected. Helping us, urging us on. Understanding our troubles. He has faced struggles himself and has the power to help us keep walking. One step at a time.

God bless you today.


22nd March 20 Alan Thorpe – SERMON NOTES FOR TODAY:








15th Mar 20 (FF#5) Geoff- FORMATION  1 Corinth 3   12-17



8th March 20 (FF#4) Geoff Wotton



1st March 20  ( FF #3)  Jim reads- 1 Peter 2  4-11   

Geoff Wotton – Firm Foundations- THE 1st Essential ….





23rd Feb Rita  Firm Foundations #2   ..reads- 1 Corinthians chap 3   1-11

Geoff  Laying Firm Foundations



16th Feb 20 Geoff Wotton Matthew 7 v24 Firm Foundations  (#1)




9th Feb 20 Dick Exodus 19 The Lord directs his people

(STORMY Sunday – power cut in the Chapel)



2nd Feb 20 Alan Exodus 14 The Lord who leads his people in power

( Parting the Red sea- see also our Sunday Sch page – Red sea freeze)




25th Jan 20 Alan Thorpe Exodus 12 The God who rescues




Geoff reads  E X O D U S  4 . . .

Geoff Wotton- The God who sends his chosen one. Exodus 4,5 & Pt  of 6



12th Jan 20 Dave Hopwood– The God who reveals himself & his plans Ex3



5th Jan 2020  Andrew Littlejohn – God who saves.  Exodus Chap 1 & 2




29th Dec19 Dick Chammings  God with us-   last

Dick  #part 2 & Christmas benediction



CHRISTMAS DAY  Family Service with Piers



22nd Dec19 G Williams God with us- Proclaimed


8th Dec 19 nDick Chaminggs  God with us – Provided


10th Nov 19 Geoff Wotton   1 Timothy c5 -1    to  6 v2



3rd Nov 19 David Wilson 1 Timothy Chapter 4


20th Oct 19 Geoff Williams  Creating a worship environment



13th Oct 19  Geoff Williams  The Start of Leadership




6th Oct    Geoff         H A R V E S T   S E R V I C E 2019

6th Oct 19 Geoff Williams Psalm 100



15th Sept19 Dave Hopwood  Fire Light Joy  Psalm 97



1st Sept  Geoff Wotton   John Chapter 5



25th Aug G Williams A womans Dedication John 12   1-12



18th Aug Baptismal Service Geoff Williams John 3 1-20  Born again



11th Aug 19 Geoff Williams Encounters with Jesus #2

John 4  43-54      S I G N S



4th Aug 19 Geoff Williams Encounters with Jesus #1




28th July 19 David Wilson Micah 6 1-15 How do we live ?




7 July 19 Geoff Williams  P A R T  1   Strength is for Service not Status

P A R T    II     M i c a h   C h a p t e r  3   verses 1 – 12



2nd June 19 Geoff Wotton Prayer Challenging Acts 1 v14



26th May 19 Geoff Williams Acts 1… 1-14 Praying Together




19th May 19 Geoff Williams Psalm–   Personal Prayer




12th May 19 Tim Derbyshire Matthew 28 v16 The Great Commission

Carol & Tim- an exceptional Way to fulfill The Great Commission….





5th May 2019 Alan Thorpe Mat 5  5-8 How to Pray



28th April 19 Geoff Wotton Luke 18  1-8 Why Pray ?



21st April 19 David Wilson Mark 16 1-20 He is Risen !


31st March 19 Piers Langdon Mark 14  32-52 The Time has come


Sorry for this gap in sermons…Due to technical issue

13th Jan 19 Dick Chammings Conversation-Colossians 4 v6



6th Jan 19 Piers Making the most of every opportunity Col 4v5 



3oth Dec 18 Geoff Wotton       PRAYER    ..for the coming year



Christmas Day 2018 Family Service with Piers     ( Edited )



23rd Dec 18 Piers- Carols by Candlelight  Part 1 & Part 2 below:





23rd Dec 2018  Clive OKill The Magi  




16th Dec Geoff Williams  The Shepherds



9th Dec18 D Chaming The Magi Luke 2   1-9  Part 1&2 below:



2nd Dec 18 John Raymont Luke 2    Simeon & Anna




25th Nov18 Dave Hopwood Mark 10 32-45 Spiritual Blindness



18th Nov18 David Wilson Mark 10 13-31 Who can be saved?



11th Nov 18 Clive OKill Matthew 3 :1      Contin…



4th Nov18 Clive OKIll Mark 3   1-12 The Greatest Man





7th Oct 18 Dave Hopwood Mark8 27- Who do you say I am ?



30th Sept 18 HARVEST SUNDAY  Thanksgiving Service –Dick Chamings




23rd Sept18 Geoff Wotton Mark 7 Anyone can experience the touch of Jesus



16th Sept 18 Geoff Williams Mark 7 21-45 It’s what’s inside…



19th Aug 18 Clive Luke 19 The parable of the Phariesee & Tax Collector



12th Aug 18 Clive Matthew 20 1-16 Parable of the Labourers in the Vinyard



5th Aug 18 Clive Matthew 25 1-13 Parable of the ten virgins



22nd July 18 Dave Hopwood Mark 5 .21  Defeating Death



15th Jul 18 Dick Chamings Mark 5    1-20



8th Jul 18 David Wilson Mark 4 35-41 Defeating Fear



1st July 18 A Thorpe Mark 4 3 pictures from a master painter



24th Jun 18 A Thorpe Mark 4   1-20 Ears that hear, Ears that don’t



17th Jun 18 Geoff Wotton Mark 3 20-34 When your family thinks you’re mad



10th Jun 18 Dave Hopwood Mark 3   21   Called & Comissioned



3rd June 18 D Wilson Mark 2 23 The Sabath have we got it right ?



27th May 18 C Okill John 4 The Woman at the Well




20th May 18 Phillip Thompson Mark 2 :18-22 Fasting



13th May 18 Matthew GlassSasra update & sermon Luke 19 1-10 Zacchaeus



6th May 18 Alan Thorpe Mark1:40 & 2:12 Sorted? or really sorted ?


29th Apr 18 John Raymont Mark 1. 21-39 Robbing Hell



 22nd Apr18 Dave Hopwood Mark1 14-20 Called to follow


15th April 18 Alan Thorpe Mark 1 :1-12 How it all began


8th Apr 18 David Wilson John 18 v28-40 I am a King



Easter Day He is Risen Geoff Williams 1 Corinthians 15 Pt 1 & 2





24th March 2018 Alan Thorpe Palm Sunday. Zachariah 9:9


18th March FAMILY SERVICE Abraham & Sarah (LIVE Drawing)

Genesis 18 1to15    (Download todays electronic reading)


11th March 2018 Geoff Wotton Before Abraham was born  I am John8


4th March 2018 Dave Hopwood i am the light of the world John 1 :12


25th Feb 2018 David Wilson Iam he who comforts you Isaiah 51 9-16


18th Feb 2018 John Raymont  I am God & there is no otherIsaiah 45 22


11th Feb 2018 Geoff Williams I am ……..


4th Feb 2018 Alan Thorpe I am who I am Exodus 3 1-15


28th Jan 2018 Clive OKiIl  The Prodigal Son Luke 15 11-32


21st Jan 2018 Clive OKill The Good Samaritain


14th Jan 2018 David Wilson Discipleship  Luke 14 :25-35


7th Jan 2018 Dave Hopwood   Psalm 93

31st Dec 17 Happy New Year Dick Chammings   Psalm 3


Christmas Day    2017   Family Service             Clive OKill

CHRISTMAS EVE 2017 – Clive: A Saviour is Born


17th Dec CAROLS by CANDLELIGHT    Part 1

17th Dec CAROLS by CANDLELIGHT   Part 2

17th Dec 2017 The Birth of Christ  Clive OKill      Advent #2

10th Dec 2017 The Birth of Christ    Clive OKill      Advent #1


 ( Scroll down for previous weeks )

3rd Dec17 David Wilson Deut 31:1-8, 34:1-12 Passing the Baton


26th Nov 17 John Raymont Numbers 13-14:12 &26-35 Moments of choice


19th Nov 17 Geoff Williams Exodus 13:17-14:31 We Trust, God Delivers.


12th Nov 17 Alan Thorpe Exodus 5:1 If at first you don’t succeed…


 5th Nov 17 Dave Hopwood Exodus 3-4 17 Don’t send me Lord!

29th Oct 17 Clive OKill Matthew 5  43-48 Love your enemies

22nd Oct 17 Clive Okill Matthew 5 v12 Reward in Heaven

25th June 2017 Ephesians 5 v21-33  Living in Love  Dave Hopwood

18th June 2017 Ephesians 4 v17   This is how to live  David Wilson


4th June 2017     Ephesians 3 v14   Pentecost       David Wilson

28th May 2017   Paul the Preacher    Ephesians 3    Dave Hopwood

21st May 2017     Giving Thanks      Psalm 100  Phillip Thompson

14th May 2017   Sovereign Grace   Acts 9  Geoff Williams

7th May 2017 Doubting Thomas   Alan Thorpe

30th April 2017 Road to Emmaus  John Raymont


16th April 2017  Resurrection Reality    Can I really believe it ?    Clive OKill


21/08/16 Peter Heatherington Service -also with Debi & Evan