Members of the Association of Christian Fellowship from St Barnabas' Church along with friends, enjoyed their annual Car Treasure Hunt on what turned out to be a lovely evening. This year the route and clues leading up to the destination were planned by Stuart and Barbara Dickie and Peter and Elizabeth Cole. Seven cars took part and there were 71 clues en route which started in Crosland Hill and included Lockwood, Newsome, Castle Hill, Almondbury, Stocksmoor, Flockton Moor, Grange Moor, Kirkheaton and finished at the Royal and Ancient Public House at Colnebridge, where a welcome bar meal was waiting. ŠThe winning team was Laurence and Elizabeth Jones and Andrew and Emma Bartlett and the team drawn to plan next year’s treasure hunt was, Bruce and Angela Jackson
An own arrangement service was held at Providence Methodist Church. Mrs C Heely and Miss W Ellis arranged the service and talked about Hymns. Mrs B Armitage and Mrs B Brook read the lessons. Mrs M Israel played the organ. Fellowship continues in the schoolroom afterwards.
The Vicar, the Rev Canon Martyn Crompton introduced the joint congregations of St Mark’s Longwood and St John’s and, on their behalf, offered the new Rev Harry Gwinnett their best wishes on his ordination by the Bishop of Wakefield. In his address Martyn detailed the commitments which Harry had accepted in the ordination service. Readings were given by Karen Locke and Martyn. Prayers were led by Richard Lodge and Harry was celebrant for Holy Communion. Organist was Ann Norton. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth had talked about the importance of making people welcome at church and had made welcome flags. The service was followed by a Faith Lunch. In the evening a Taize service was led by Kathryn Sykes.
The morning service at Christ Church was led by Rev Jenni Honeyman, who preached, prayed and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by David Hyde, and the organist was Derek Horne. The evening service was led by Rev Jenni Honeyman, who read the lessons and prayed and gave a blessing, and dedicated a replacement paschal candle. The organist was Derek Horne.
Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Church Centre on Sunday morning with a service led by Rev Michael J Townsend, former superintendent minister of the circuit. Rev Townsend spoke to the children about ‘Doing that little bit extra,’ before they left for Junior Church with their leaders Diane Loftus, Andrea Morley and Ed Archer-Siddall. Nicola Bamforth read from Genesis 28 v 10-22 ‘Jacob is found by God,’ and Ephesians 2 v 19-22, ‘A Holy Temple in the Lord’ was read by Peggy MacKay. Michael based his sermon entitled ‘This is the House of God’ on the Genesis reading, referring to the building bricks in Ephesians. Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist and Peter Stead operated the AV. After the service, lunch was served.
Last Saturday morning at Wakefield Cathedral, a large congregation, including family and guests from St Mark’s, Longwood and St John’s Golcar, gathered for a service for the Ordination of three priests, led by the Bishop of Wakefield, Stephen Platten. The main interest for the Golcar and Longwood groups was focussed on Harry Gwinnett, former curate at St John’s and St Mark’s who was one of the three new ordinands.
On the first Sunday morning after Trinity, a combined Eucharistic Service for St John’s and St Mark’s was held at St John’s, Golcar. The now fully-fledged Rev Harry Gwinnett was introduced to lead the service by parish priest, Canon Martyn Crompton. The organist/pianist was Ann Norton who accompanied the choir and congregation. The words for the songs were projected onto a large screen operated by Angela Lawson. The Bible reading, from Romans, was by Karen Locke and was followed by Martyn reading the Gospel. He continued by preaching about the Christian Faith and giving reminders about the duties which have to be carried out by vicars. Intercession prayers were presented by Richard Lodge. Following the Sharing of The Peace came Communion and the service was joined by members from Sunday Club and Sunday Youth. Before closing this special joint service, the young people gave an illustrated presentation of welcome to Rev Harry based on the themes of Listening, Helpful Hands and a Loving Heart, each illustrated with “Big Ears, Hands and a Heart. To conclude, Harry was presented with a chocolate cake and card from all the children. Following the final Blessing, by Harry, the service closed with everyone invited to partake in refreshments. Next Sunday morning there will be services at Golcar at 10am and Longwood at 10.30 am.
The Sunday morning worship at the United Church was led by Margaret Riley. The theme of the service was 'Come Follow Me', both in the children's address and the rest of the service. Readings were read by Jean Broome.Refreshments were served after the service by Junior Church leaders Carrie and Jane. Many thanks to Edward, Ruth, Maureen and Ed who braved the cold and rain on Saturday to work in the church garden tidying and planting.
St Bartholomew’s Parish Church Holy Communion service was led by the Rev Geoff Garside, who also preached. Carolyn Hansom gave the readings from Jeremiah 28, verses 5-9 and from Romans 6 verses 12-end. Joan Biggs, licensed reader, read the gospel from Matthew 10 verses 40-end. Prayers were offered by Alison Gibson and sidesmen were Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrook and Jean Pennington. Coffee and biscuits were served by Joan Bradbury, Evelyn Laidlaw, Mabel Smithies and Glenys Ward. Services continue on Tuesday at 9.30am in the Lady Chapel.
St Bartholomew’s will be open from 10am-3pm each Tuesday in July and August for people to look around, pray privately or enjoy quiet meditation. There will be music and refreshments and biscuits will be available.
Armed Forces Day celebrations for Colne Valley were held at Marsden Royal British Legion, organised by Mrs Liz Flannery. Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Eric Firth was welcomed by Mr Alan Wray, president, Rev Geoff Garside, Mrs Elsie Lingard, president of the Women’s Section and Mr Frank Fawcett, vice-chairman. Ashbys of Slaithwaite served refreshments. Vocalist Linda Stott entertained and Mrs Susan Everill organised the raffle, which raise £123 for the Mayor’s Appeal, The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust. About 90 people attended and had an enjoyable afternoon.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians at the Sunday evening meeting, James Walker was the president. Humanism – The Root Cause of Society’s Problems, was the title of the talk given by Greg Newton from Harrogate.
On Wednesday evening at 7.30, Pete Barrett presided and John Murgatroyd spoke about “The duration of the ministry of Jesus”. On Wednesday July 6, Peter Simpson is to speak on “Taking away the daily sacrifice.”
The Bible seminar group met on Thursday at 7pm to continue the study of the book of James. This was led by James Walker. Next Sunday July 3 at 6pm, the subject for the evening talk is “ God the builder.” Visitors are most welcome to all our meetings.
Parkwood Methodist church had a tombola stall at Golcar Gala organised by Freda Lloyd and Jeanette, raising £75 for church funds.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Mr Ian Spencer, and pianist was Daniel Fields. Coffee was served after the service by Enid Coulson and Audrey Holdsworth.
In the evening a Musical farewell concert took place with members of Parkwood and Mount Methodist Churches taking part. Pianist was Susan Smelt, guest artist Philip Horne, magician. It was then followed with a Faith buffet, presentations and thanks to David Harris and John Hattam, for all their hard work in the life of our churches.
Members of Slaithwaite Good Companions were invited once again to Wilberlee Infant and Nursery School to a musical afternoon. Maureen Weaving played the signature song and Patricia Parkinson introduced the children to special member Hilda Haigh who will be celebrating her 90th birthday at the weekend. They joined in singing Happy Birthday and they had their picture taken with her as she cut her birthday cake. Sue Crowther, deputy head, and the younger children delighted guests with four songs with actions. Mr Barker, the peripatetic music teacher spoke of the musical opportunites for young people in Kirklees.Seven violinists had been learning for two years and played four pieces, finishing with Shrimps on Tour. Evie then played two violin solos, Rosie and Alice played viola pieces including Romans on the March. Richard Bottom, headmaster, revealed they had been chosen to play at the National Festival of Music at Birmingham Symphony Hall in July. Oliver, aged seven played items on his glockenspiel. Next were the brass instruments. Aaron on cornet and Ryan on trumpet. Ryan, this time on tuba, played When The Saints Go Marching In”. The woodwind section featured six girls – three flutes and three clarinetists, Erlina on flute played Rakes O’Mallow, the other flautists were Lucy and Heidi, who together played March Militaire. Georgie on clarinet played the national anthem and Rosie and Alice now on clarinets, played a minute by Haydn. Then came a surprise item with Mrs Pauline Wood, the bursar, playing Danny Boy on her clarinet to end the concert. Mrs Wood and Mr Bottom the head are both retiring at the end of term and Mrs Sue Crowther will be the new head teacher. The children then served tea and home made cakes and chatted. This was a feast of music and the long association with this school at the top of the hill is very special. Hilda, who has a musical background all her life, went home with photos taken during the afternoon and a memory of a very happy event.
St James’ Parish Church Holy Communion service was led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, layreader and Raymond Denton. Rev Robin presented flowers to Hilda Haigh, from the people of Slaithwaite Church. Hilda has given so much service and pleasure to church, in choir and music groups, Mother’s Union and many other duties for so many years. The reading from Roman chapter six vs 12-23 – Slaves of Righteousness – was given by Peter Brown. The Holy Gospel from Matthew chapter 10 v 40 – Rewards – and the address was by Rev Robin, who spoke about choices, confirmation and consequences. How we live our lives, do we use our eyes, mouth and hands for good or bad, that is our choice. Prayers were led by Sarah Brown. The organist was Alvy Whitehead. Coffee was served afterwards also sherry and cake provided by Hilda.
On Saturday June 18 Slaithwaite and District Horticultural and Allotments Society held an open garden and allotment afternoon. Five gardens and two allotments were open to the public at Hill Top, Ing Head and Blakeholme Close. Plants were on sale and afternoon tea and cream scones were served. The proceeds of £202.50 were donated to Slaithwaite Christmas Lights.
The AGM of the Methodist Women’s Fellowship group was held on Tuesday last. Bessie Whitwam was in the chair and led prayers. Poems of Joy and Hope were read by Pauline Gee and Bessie. The Rev Jo Archer-Siddall was unable to attend due to a prior engagement. Pauline read the minutes of the last AGM were were agreed to be a true record and then gave a review of the past year. The Treasurer gave her report and also the Network report. All officers agreed to continue for a further year and Linda Hansen has agreed to join the tea rota. Arrangements were made for future events and thanks were expressed to all officers, especially to Pauline for serving as chairperson and speaker’s secretary and to Maureen Weaving, who serves as chairperson and pianist.
Jeremy (Jez) Hackett of Marsden led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church, readings Psalm 34 as a call to worship. The theme of his service was Service and how we can serve others. Readings were by Wendy Blackburn, from Genesis 22 – God commands Abraham to offer Isaac – and by Betty Robshaw from Matthew 10 – Jesus instructs the Apostles. Organist was Shirley Scott.