BROCKHOLES

Mr Granville Dews led worship at Brockholes Methodist Church when the organist was Mr Michael Brown. Parish communion at St George's Church was celebrated by the Rev John Barnes, who spoke about the coming of the holy spirit at Pentecost. Beth Dove read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. Verena Wood was the organist.

HEPWORTH

The marriage of Tracy Bedford and Richard Burns took place in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday afternoon. The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev Keith Griffin.

Parish Eucharist was celebrated by the Rev Keith Griffin on Sunday morning at Holy Trinity Church. The preacher was John Bullimore, prayers were led by Canon Chris Bullimore and the organist was Jane Robertson. During the reading of the notices, the congregation were reminded of the Jubilee Garden Party taking place in the church grounds this coming Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. With stalls, games, refreshments, afternoon teas, BBQ food and ice creams, admission is free and it is hoped members of the whole community will join in the Jubilee celebrations. Immediately after the church service, there was a committee meeting to put the final plans in place for the Hepworth Garden Trail being held on Sunday 8 July between 1pm and 6pm.

HOLMBRIDGE

Midweek Holy Communion at St David's Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by Ian Gold. It was followed by the Monkey Business group, the free lunch and the Over 60s Club. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold. Parish Eucharist at St David's Church for Whit Sunday was led by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by Judi Bamford and Margaret Tupling. Intercessions were led by the Rev Geoff Bamford and the chalice was administered by Ian Gold. The organist was Eddie Purcell.

HOLMFIRTH

Following an early morning Holy Communion led by the Rev Laura Hardy morning worship at Holmfirth Methodist Church was led by a visiting local preacher, Kevin Dobson, from Methley in the Aire and Calder Circuit of the Methodist Church. The service commenced with a choir item, Come, Holy Spirit, Come sung to a new setting by Barbara Verity. Kevin then explained the concept of the Holy Spirit with an amusing introduction of wind and fire and then lit candles on a birthday cake to celebrate the birthday of the Church, and all sang Happy Birthday Church. Lively singing was accompanied by Barbara (piano), Carol (brass), Roger (violin), Sally (clarinet), Laura (flute), Pete (percussion) and Kevin on guitar. One of the highlights of the service was a dramatic presentation, by Sally and Andrew, to explain the transformation that the Holy Spirit can make in anyone’s life. It was “a remarkable performance, difficult to believe they were acting!” Kevin introduced his address by asking the congregation to consider words in the English language that had two opposite meanings, he gave many examples.Prayers of intercession were written and read by Angela Robinson. After the service tea and coffee were served in the foyer by the Men’s Mob and later a celebratory traditional Sunday lunch was served by the Fellowship Group. This Sunday, Trinity Sunday, all age worship will be led by Kath Beetlestone. The congregation are encouraged to wear red, white and/or blue. After the service “The Big Lunch” in the form of a BBQ will be served outside on the church lawn. Friends and neighbours are invited to share in this national event to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

HONLEY

Pentecost at St Mary's Church was celebrated by the Rev Jennie Barnes. The lesson was read by Clive Green. Clive Waind led intercessions and organist was Jean Cheeseman.

MELTHAM

Churches Together in Meltham held a Whit Sunday on Sunday, May 27,. The weather was glorious and lots of visitors and families attended and had a great time. At 1pm there was a picnic and a treasure hunt for the children. This was followed at 2pm with an outdoor service, led by Jo Rand and Mandy Aspland, when the congregation were reminded about the fruits of the spirit and how these characteristics can bubble up inside us and spill out to others. Even fruit was enjoyed during the service. The singing was led by St James music group and this was followed by a display of country dancing, by the Morris Minors from Meltham School and singing by children from Helme School. At 3pm the children and grown ups enjoyed a variety of races with medals for first, second and third place, and there were two bouncy castles, face painting, balloon animals and a swap shop stall. By 4pm everyone was ready for refreshments, tea, soft drinks and cake were served. Everyone had a wonderful time and what was even better it was all free. A gift from Meltham Churches Together to celebrate Pentecost Sunday, which is the birthday of the church. Our thanks go to all who worked so hard to provide such a good party.

SCHOLES

On Sunday May 20 the Rev Tim Moore was the preacher at the Sacrament Service. The congregation were greeted at the door by the Swindell family – Sally, Faith and Rose. Christine Lockwood was the organist and Wilf Battye read the passages from the Bible all related to the Theme "What does it mean when God says I love you?" Coffee and biscuits were served after the service by the Lockwood family Peter Christine and grandchildren Annie and Jessie. On Tuesday, May 22 the Community Coffee Morning was held with the children from Scholes J I School helping the church ladies. The year 5 clarinet group entertained everyone.

UPPERTHONG

The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons. Holy communion on Thursday at St John's Church was led by the Rev Keith Griffin, who was also celebrant. A lunch followed in the meeting room. Family communion with healing on Sunday was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also the celebrant. The readers were Bill Brown and Sue Legge. Val Shuttleworth led prayers and assisted with distributing the sacrament along with Pat Hopkins. Adam Greenhalgh was organist. Refreshments were served by Carl Brown.

WILSHAW

On Sunday, May 27 Rev Peter Rolls led a service of Holy Cummunion at St Mary’s Church. Rev Judy Kenworthy assisted at the alter, Liz Pearson was the organist and Louise Brook read the lessons. The music group accompanied two of the hymns and the Rev Peter took for his theme the Coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He spoke of how the Holy Spirit walks along each side of us but that sometimes we need to wait on the spirit and sometimes the spirit waits for us.

WOOLDALE

Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Neil Ward. Nigel Morris was the organist. Refreshments were served afterwards.