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Layreader Helen Bentley led the Parish Communion service at St John’s Church and was also the celebrant, using reserved sacrament. Helen based her address on Matthew 6 verses 1-4 titled "Giving to the Needy". Readings were given by Pamela Gillett, Jonathan Bush and Sylvia Hanson and prayers were led by Jeremy Cuss. Sunday Club had talked about St Francis of Assisi and had made windows depicting him. Sunday Youth’s theme was ‘Love the Lord your God with Heart, Soul and Mind’ and talked about what made them tick. There’s no 10am service on Sunday November 11, due to refurbishment but a joint service will be at Providence Methodist Church, 10.15am for Remembrance Sunday
The speaker at Linthwaite Methodist Church Thursday Fellowship was one of their own members Mrs Jan Widdop, whose talk was entitled Six Sherry Glasses. She spoke about her 22 years spent as an army wife whilst her husband George served in the Medical Corps. During this period she moved house many times and brought up three children. Unfortunately by the time they were eligible for the six sherry glasses they had been removed from the list of items they were allowed - so she never got them. This was an enjoyable talk with many amusing anecdotes. Jackie Calverley was in the chair, Margaret Moriarty played the piano and refreshments were served by Alice Mowberry and Beryl Woodward. In two weeks’ time members are going to the local Bulls Head pub for their annual autumn lunch.
Morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Phil McSweeney who chose ‘Love’ as his theme. Phil read from 1 John 4 v12 ‘No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.’ Lesley Baxter offered the prayers of praise and confession and also read from Mark 12 verses 28-34 ‘The Greatest Commandment.’ The Old Testament reading was from Deuteronomy 6 v 1-9 ‘Love the Lord your God,’ read by Maureen Stead. The young people in Junior Church continued their learning through the ‘Friends & Heroes’ cartoons. Next Sunday – Remembrance Day – the service at 9.30 will be led by the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall , and representatives from Linthwaite 17th Scout Group will present their colours.
Sunday morning worship at the United Church was led by John Oldham, who spoke on the Comforter. Prayers of intercession were led by Peter Hirst and Bible readings were given by Rex Bamforth and Kathleen Jackson. Marjorie Bothroyd was organist and refreshments afterwards were served by Kathleen Jackson and Rex Bamforth.
On Sunday a procession and service of Holy Communion was held at St. Bartholomew’s to commemorate All Saints Day. The service was led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside. Alison Gibson read the lesson and led prayers. Richard Webb gave a talk about the life and work of St Francis of Assisi. During the service the children took part and assisted the vicar in the preparation and giving of the Eucharist. Organist was John Wilson. Sideswomen were Bunny Lonnen and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by Christine Garside, Jenny Mitchell and Susan Everill. An afternoon a service was held for All Souls when candles were lit in remembrance of departed loved ones.
Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Sisters class met on Tuesday evening. The meeting was led by Rita Dyson and the speaker was Josie Walker from Doncaster, whose subject was Jonathan and Saul. The Bible class on Wednesday was led by Martin Spencer, with Tim Morgan from Stockport speaking on ‘James and John – Sons of Thunder’. The Sunday services were led by Kevin Charlesworth and talks were given by Wilfred Alleyne from Birmingham. There was a family church tea, followed by a special family orientated talk given by Wilfred on ‘Ten Good Reasons to Reject Evolution.’ Meetings planned for the coming week include the coffee morning bible-reading group today, at 10.30am. Tomorrow at 7.30pm at the Bible class Richard Jones will give a talk on ‘The parables of the lost.’ The subject for the Sunday evening talk at 6pm is ‘The End of the Road,’ to be given by Bob Baynham.
A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, organised by Linda Murray assisted by church ladies. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning to a Gideons Bible Service with leaders David and Pamela and steward Anne Ivy. Coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church.
Entertainment at Slaithwaite Good Companions introduced by Hilary Ellis, was Bernadette Hayes School of Dancing, with seven of her pupils ages four-16. Bernadette explained the ballet terms with the girls showing the finer points of ballet with different grades from one to six. Maddison, the little one, just learning, and leader Ella who did a solo from the ballet Don Quixote. They were thanked by Christine Parkin. Margaret Cook told about the launch of the Cookadoodledoo Cookery Book, with classes for children during the school holidays. Margaret was the pianist.
At St James’ Parish Church family service was led by Rev Robin Townsend and the reading was ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ and ‘True Happiness’. The address was about Sainthood and the Rev Robin led prayers. Organist was Rodney Pearson. A short service of Holy Communion was celebrated by the Rev Robin assisted by Raymond Denton.
Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Joan Milnes of Fixby. Marjorie Crowther read from Mathew’s Gospel and Hilary Ellis from James. Joan’s sermon was based on the Gospel reading The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders. The organist was Wendy Redfearn.