Members of the Crosland Moor Mothers’ Union celebrated Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel of St. Barnabas’ Church. Celebrant was the new vicar of the Crosland Moor and Linthwaite Parishes, the Rev Martin Parrott, who was assisted by server Andrea Rattigan. Brenda Whittaker read the lesson from the Old Testament and the psalm. Afterwards in the Parish Hall the members held their monthly meeting, chaired by the Branch Leader, Joyce Holdsworth. The speaker was the Lay Reader at St Barnabas, Ian Blakeley, who gave an interesting and amusing account of Šhis childhood during the 1950s – Šan account which brought back many happy memories to each member of their early days. Ian also played his guitar and sang Scarborough Fair, which was his favourite seaside place as a child, and Yesterday the Beatles’ number, which was an appropriate song to sing. Thanks were expressed to Ian by Brenda Whittaker and the hostesses for the morning were Valerie Donohue and Joyce Rawlinson.
A Harvest supper was served on Saturday evening, October 8 at St John’s Church. Held in the community room, a meat and potato pie and mushy pies first course was followed by lemon or ginger sponge, apple pie or egg custard for the second course Afterwards entertainment provided by Church members rounded off a very pleasant evening.
The Rev Canon Martyn Crompton led the Harvest communion service at St John’s Church and was also the celebrant. During the singing of the first hymn the uniformed organisations presented their flags. Niamh Lucas, Georgia Crane and Chloe Speight for the Rainbows; Carys Roberts, Caitlin Crane, Freya Lucas from Brownies, Danielle Steele and Ella Crosland represented the Guides. This was followed by donations of food as Harvest offerings. The Gospel reading from Matthew 6, verses 25-34 was given by Pat Hanson and a short film was shown entitled God’s Indescribable World, on which Martyn based his talk. As part of the service Martyn baptised Alice Devon Walker and welcomed her into the church family. Members of Sunday Club, Sunday Youth Rainbows, Brownies and Guides led the prayers with the help of Sylvia Hanson. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth acted the story of The Enormous Turnip which had grown so big that the old man couldn’t pull it out of the ground. But, with the help of the children in the congregation the mammoth task was finally fulfilled enabling many people to share turnip soup. Ann Norton was the organist and pianist and Helena Davis played the guitar.
Members of Providence Methodist Church held a Day at Holmfirth Parish Church on Saturday, including a coffee morning, lunches and various stalls. Proceeds of £744 ware for Providence Methodist funds.
The congregation at Providence Church were welcomed by members of the Men's Fellowship on Sunday. Mrs S Pearson introduced and welcomed Mrs J Graham from Shelley, who preached on the theme Banquet and Feast. Lessons were read by Mrs B. Hallas and Miss W Ellis. Mrs C Heeley led the prayers, the organist was Mrs M Israel. The Junior Church joined in the service and told about "The hardest thing they had done and no matter how hard, God will help you". Afterwards in the school room friendship continued over coffee. A short DVD was shown about the children who receive shoe boxes on behalf on the Samaritans Purse Appeal, which Golcar Providence is involved with.
The Rev Ernie Walley, regional minister for the Yorkshire Baptist Association was the preacher at Golcar Baptist Church last Sunday. The service was led by the Rev Chris Thompson and the organist was Chris Woodhead. A family fun day will be held today from noon until 3pm.
The speaker at Linthwaite Methodist Thursday Fellowship was the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall who led a Bible Study on the subject of Rain. Iris Wood was the chairman and Jennifer Baxter accompanied the singing on the piano. Jo led the meeting through a personal illustration and asked everyone to visualise certain important points in their lives. Further Bible Studies, which are open to everyone, will be held at Linthwaite Methodist Church on the second and fourth Thursdays (alternate with the Thursday Fellowship) beginning on December 8 in the Church Centre at 2.30pm.
After morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church, a gourmet delight luncheon of chicken pie, steak pie, and vegetable pie was served with fresh vegetables, followed by an wondrous assortment of puddings which raised over £300Š for church funds.
Morning worship tomorrow at Linthwaite Methodist Church will start at the new time of 9.30am and will be led byŠ Rev Jo Archer-Siddall and will include Holy Communion. All welcome.
Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated Harvest time with an all age worship led by Mrs Elaine Nixon, when the children from Junior Church took an active part in the service. Using the word ‘Harvest’ Mrs Nixon spoke about how we should all share our food with others who are less fortunate, with the Šyoung people spelling out specific words using the letters available. The reading, Šfrom Matthew 20 1-16 was by Elaine assisted by Ian, Lesley and Alison Baxter along with John Morrison – who told the parable of the ‘Workers in the vineyard,’Š and how all were paid the same amount no matter how much they had worked. Elaine then explained the story to the young people by sharing out grapes and talking about ‘fairness being giving the same to all.’Š Mrs Nixon then spoke about the shocking statistics which told about how many children in the UK live below the poverty line. The church was decorated for the Harvest by Margaret Moriarty, Sue Howard and Mairi MacKay, and a retiring collection for the Welcome Centre raised £101. William Morrison operated the audio visual equipment and was ably assisted by Peter Stead. Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist.
At Christ Church the Harvest Festival and All-age Eucharist service was led by the Rev Martin Parrott who talked to junior church children about harvest, celebrated holy communion and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Debbie Linsell-Fraser and the Brownies and Rainbows presented flags and the pianist was Kathleen Longbottom. Baptismal candles were presented to Leanne Williams, Adam Williams, Jack Williams and Amy Williams. The evening service was read by the Rev Martin Parrott who preached and prayed and gave a blessing. The lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and the organist was Rhona Jepson. A Harvest Supper was held on Monday organised by ladies of the Chancel Guild and Harvest gifts were later take the Methodist Mission and Cowlersley Court Nursing Home. Today, Saturday a coffee morning and book sale will be held in the church from 10am-noon.
On Harvest Festival Sunday morning at St Mark’s Church the Family Service Eucharist was led by the Rev Harry Gwinnett. Music was provided by Philip Turner and his music group and choir. Harry welcomed a larger than normal congregation and everyone joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Philip. Before the service, church warden David Verlander read notices which included the Mothers Union meeting tomorrow and the Autumn Fair which raised over £1,000 with money still to come in. The opening song Come Now Is The Time For Worship was sung. Harry read the Greeting and this was followed by the song Give Thanks For A Grateful Heart and prayers of preparation and confession. Everyone sang The Gloria and Harry read the Collect and then invited people to bring harvest gifts to the front of church. The congregation included representatives from the uniformed services of scouts, guides, cubs and beavers and one of the beavers then lit the Gospel Candle. After reading the Gospel Harry gave a talk which included advice about putting God first so that future events can run smoothly. This was followed by youngsters and adults helping Harry to explain how planted seeds grow and produce crops, which in turn produce bread. The music group performed Indescribable whilst a video was shown on the big screen of birds flying, scenes of growing crops, fishes swimming and animals roaming. Recently baptised, children, Kaitlyn Jayne Michelle Walker and Florence Evelyn Cleminson, were presented with Baptism candles and cards and were welcomed into the church family. Walk In The Light was sung and was followed by the sharing of the Peace. The traditional We Plough The Fields And Scatter was sung, during which a collection was taken by Scouts Giles and Shannon Hayles-Taylor and Beaver Scouts, Grace Turner and Thomas Convey carried the bread and wine. During the Communion prayer, Harry was questioned by Rosie Turner. The congregation, and Music Group sang The Lord’s Prayer leading to Communion, the sharing of the Bread, and sipping the wine. The final song was Shine Jesus Shine, then Harry gave the Blessing and the service concluded with the Celtic Blessing. The majority of the congregation remained to partake of the Harvest Lunch which was prepared by ladies of the Church organised by Liz Gray.
On Saturday, the United Church Marsden held its annual Jazz Festival Table Top Sale. As usual this was very well attended. There was a vast array of delicious meals provided throughout the day, plus plenty of stalls to choose from. In the afternoon there was entertainment from the Huddersfield Young Singers, with both the Senior and Junior Choirs performing.
On Sunday, over 150 people enjoyed worship with a difference at The Jazz Festival Service at the United Church Marsden. The service was led by Rev. Jo Archer-Siddall and the Winston Pennine Jazz provided the excellent music. Refreshments were served after the service by members of the congregation.
A Procession and Service of Holy Eucharist was held on Sunday to celebrate the Dedication of the St Bartholomew’s Church in 1895. The service was led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside. The flower arrangers had made a special display of flower arrangements to celebrate the occasion. The lessons from Isaiah 25 and Philippians 4 were read by Christine Garside.Joan Biggs read the Gospel from Matthew 22 verses 1-14. The vicar gave the sermon and offered prayers of intercession. Ian Hunt was the organist. The sidesmen were Kevin and Pat Purcell.Coffee was served in the hall by Evelyn Laidlaw and Mabel Smithies.This was followed by the church open for visitors and refreshments served in the hall all day for the Jazz Festival.Services continue on Tuesdays at 9.30am.
There will be a special service on Sunday October 30 at 4pm in Church for All Souls Day to remember friends and family members who are no longer with us.
On Jazz Festival weekend Unity Voices sang in church on Saturday afternoon and a sellout concert was given by the Samuel C Lees with Jennifer Lees on the Saturday evening in the Hall.
The Operatic Society are presenting the musical The Full Monty from Tuesday to Saturday October 25-29 in the hall. Tickets £9 available from Duncan’s Hairdresser. Warehouse |Hill, Marsden. Tel. 845311 (shop hours only).
A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, organised by Freda Lloyd, assisted by ladies of the church. Menu - corned beef and vegetable pie, seasonal vegetables, cheese and biscuits, peach crumble, apple sponge, syrup sponge, orange and ginger sponge, tea or coffee. Transport was provided by Sheila Armitage and Fred Lloyd, proceeds for church funds.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a communion service at Parkwood Methodist church on Sunday morning. Preacher was the Rev Pam Ward, assisted by Naomi Sharp, bible reader were John and Elaine Oldham, communion stewards Reene Wyatt and Enid Coulson, organised Daniel Fields, visual aids Joe Lloyd and Ann Ivy, coffee was served after the service by John and Elaine Oldham.
St James’ Parish Church Mother’s Union enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch before the meeting. After a short service led by branch leader Patricia Parkinson, the speaker was Ian Blakeley, led a nostalgic journey back to the 50s as a young boy and remembered food and goodies his mother made and the games young people played outdoors. He also played the guitar and sang. He was thanked by Pat for a really enjoyable afternoon.
On Thursday, Slaithwaite Good Companions met when Maureen Weaving read a number of humorous poems, before the annual bring and buy sale, which raised £52 for the Leprosy Mission. Birthdays celebrated were for Doris Milnes, M Christine Parkin and Ann Walker and the pianist was Maureen Weaving.
St James Parish Church held a craft and afternoon tea in the church lounge. Entertainment was by Pat Osborne, a speaker and story teller and crafter of many skills. Today’s feature was rugging and much of its history, from days that we remember, making rag rugs from old garments past wearing, to the more modern version of bright colours making beautiful pictures, as well as knitting in newer kinds of yarn. Together with cream tea and delicious cakes this made for a very pleasant afternoon. She was thanked by Sara Brown.
St James Parish Church morning service was led by Graham Crowder, layreader. The lesson from Matthew chapter 22 vs 1-14 – the Parable of the Wedding Feast – was read by Simon Parkinson. The address by Graham was about how we live our lives – are they to His values? You are your own being with a free will, living in your community and building upon it, not destroying it, he said. Prayers were led by Patricia Parkinson and the organist was Rodney Pearson.
The first meeting of the Wesley Guild was held last Thursday evening. Gordon Ellis of the Devotional section was in the chair and introduced Mr Raymond Brook of Outlane who was accompanied by his wife. Together they gave a slide presentation and talk on a visit they made to Austria and Obermague. Before the slides began Raymond played the hymn which the choir sing throughout the play. At the close Gordon thanked them for an inspirational evening. Supper was serve by the committee ladies.
Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Mr Richard Hoyle of Salendine Nook. The Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 25 was read by Jacqueline Mitchell and Psalm 23 the Lord Is My Shepherd was read jointly. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians chapter 4 was read by Roger Mitchell and Richard himself read from Matthew, Parable of the Wedding Feast. His sermon was based on these passages and he explained the meaning of the wedding clothes. Wendy Redfearn was the organist. The Bible Study Group met on Monday evening and was led by Mrs Barbara Svensgaard. Chapter 6 from Matthew’s gospel, verses 16-34, was the chosen reading followed by discussion on the separate passages.