A meeting of the Mother’s Union was held at St John’s Church on January 10. A summary of last year’s meetings was given by Sheila Ribbons and arrangements for the coming year were discussed. Refreshments were then served by Gini Crompton.
The Rev Harry Gwinnet led the parish communion service at St John’s Church and was the celebrant. Sue Boulder gave the New Testament reading from 1 Samuel verses 1-10 and the Old Testament reading from Revelations 5 was given by Roger Hanson. Harry followed these two readings with the Gospel reading from Luke 8 titled Jesus Calms the Storm. In his address Harry spoke about the ups and downs in life which we all experience and the role that faith plays in helping us to get through the difficult times. Prayers were read by Richard Lodge. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth had talked about Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist and had made doves. Ann Norton was the organist.
The new service Synergy was held in St John’s Church at 5pm. The guest worship group was Grace Fellowship from Cowlersley. Afterwards refreshments were served in the community room.
Christine Heeley welcomed everyone to Providence Methodist Church on Sunday. The Rev Pam Ward read the annual covenant service and preached on God Wants YOU. The Bible readings were given by Bev Fox who read from Samuel Chapter 3 verses 1-10, and Ian Day from John Chapter 1 verses 43-51. During the service the Rev Pam welcomed Joseph, a refugee from Africa. Joseph told about his life and hoped that by the end on January he would be returning to his family and home in Africa after seven years. Margaret Israel was the organist. The Junior Church joined the service and Harry and Andrew told about the disciples being fishermen. Fellowship continued in the schoolroom with coffee and biscuits.
Local preacher Mr Michael Early led worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church, when Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist and Peter Stead and Will Morrison prepared and operated the audio visual equipment. Taking his text for the day from Psalm 139 verses 1 and 2 – ‘O Lord, you have searched me and know me’ – Mr Early spoke to the young people about his Oxford dictionary Big Book of Names, and their meaning, giving the example of Jesus – “He who saves.” The young people then left for Junior Church with their leaders Ed Archer-Siddall and Andrea Morley. Jackie Calverley read from 1 Samuel chapter 3 v 1-10 – ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening’– Margaret Tennant read from Psalm 139, Michael Early read the Gospel of John chapter 1 v 43-51 ‘Calling the disciples.’
Next weekend Linthwaite Methodist Church is holding a film festival – Thursday January 26 Films from the camera of Miss Lucy Fairbank, Friday 27th Miss Kathleen Lockwood and Bamforth’s of Holmfirth films, and on Saturday 28 Buddy!’ Tickets and more information telephone 852300 or visit www.linthwaitemc.co.uk
Morning worship at the United Church on Sunday was led by Elaine Nixon. The service was based around the ways God calls people and the ways they respond to the call. There were two Bible readings by Jean Broome and Ruth Sheldrake. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. After the service refreshments were served by Joyce Clapperton and Margaret Kenyon.
Sunday Service at St Bartholomew’s was All Age Communion led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside, who also gave the sermon. Joan Biggs, licensed reader, read the Gospel from John 1. The readings from 1 Samuel 3 and Revelations 5 were by Susan Everill. Alison Fisher read a story for the children about the Three Wise Men and talked about what presents we could give to Jesus. This was a follow up from last Sunday when the Junior Church made boxes for the gold, frankincense and myrrh, and invited the congregation to fill in a slip about their presents to Jesus and post them in the boxes. Prayers were offered by David Fisher.The organist was Ian Hunt. Bunney Lonnen and Brian Mitchell were the sidespersons.Coffee was served by Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, Martin Spencer presided at the Sunday evening meeting. James Walker gave a power point presentation on Why Did Jesus Speak to Devils?
The coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday at 10.30am. David McEvoy led the discussions on the Bible readings for the day, which were Genesis chapter 30, Psalms chapter 34 and the gospel of Matthew chapter 19.
It was the quarterly business meeting on Wednesday evening , led by Martin Spencer. The meeting was concluded with “a thought for the day.”
Next Sunday January 22, at 6pm, the Bible talk will be The Bible – the Ultimate Self-help Guide. Next Wednesday, January 25 at 7.30pm, Kevin Charlesworth is to speak on The Prayers of Jesus. Visitors as always very welcome to come to meetings and talks.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was the Rev Colin Vere, Bible readers were Barbara Rushforth and Jean Johnson. Organist was Rhianydd Booth. Coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church.
Parkwood Methodist Church PWA members were invited to St Mark’s Church, Longwood Monday Club New Year party, plus entertainment by the Wayfarers music group at St Mark’s Centre.
A community breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church this morning, January 21, 9.30am-noon.
At Slaithwaite Good Companions this week, Patricia Parkinson organised a quiz afternoon and Betty Sykes provided a delicious afternoon tea to celebrate her special birthday. Others celebrating birthdays were Margaret Cook and Mollie Lewis. The pianist was Maureen Weaving.
The St James’ Parish Church Holy Communion service and baptism was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The little one to be christened was 12-month old Thomas Keith, son of Monika Anna and Alexander Andrew Weatherby. Prayers were led by Jenny Schofield. This was followed by the Eucharist. The organist was Alvy Whitehead.
The Wesley Guild held their Christmas Party on Thursday evening. Members enjoyed a hot buffet meal catered for by Andrea Morley followed by a quiz evening and games organised by Gordon. Sandra read two humorous poems. The social and musical committee of Sandra, Hilary and Wendy were thanked for a fun and entertaining evening.
The Rev Jo Archer-Siddal led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. The theme of her service was grace is a gift to all, whether it is deserved or not. Linda Hanson, Bessie Whitwam and Maureen Weaving read from Two Corinthians Chapter 12 and the Rev Jo’s sermon was based on words from Verse 9. The organist was Roger Mitchell.
Pauline Gee was in the chair for the Women’s Fellowship meeting and led an Eddie Askew meditation and prayers. Pauline introduced Margaret Laycock, of Golcar, a retired physiotherapist, whose talk was on Joints. Margaret urged us to keep exercising as much as we could. Birthday greetings were sung for Mollie. Maureen Weaving was the pianist.
Church members and friends met for the film evening and watched the original film version of Great Expectations starring Valerie Hobson and John Mills. The evening was organised by Jennifer Twycross.