Malcolm Jacob took the worship service at Birdsedge Church and the Communion service. The reading to start the service was the first three verses of Psalm 40. His sermon was based on Exodus 5 verses 22-23 and chapter 6 verses 1-12 read by Jason Sullivan – God tells Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.The Family Service next Sunday will be taken by Rev Ian Fell and Rev Colin Braithwaite, the Wesleyan Reform Union President and General Secretary. A light lunch will be served after the service. Anyone wishing to join us will be very welcome. Transport can be arranged by ringing 606624.
The village hall Quiz Night was won by team ‘3 Ps and a J’. The next quiz will be on Friday June 28.
The next Lunch Club will be held on June 13 noon-1pm serving pork with new potatoes and vegetables followed by rhubarb crumble. The concert with Ritchie, Parish, Ritchie of Tanglefoot fame, was a sell out and thoroughly enjoyed.
The annual Festival will be held on July 13. A meeting to help organise things will be held in the bar on Wednesday June 12 8pm and anyone interested will be welcome. Bookings for stalls are now being taken. For information about events at the Hall see www.birdsedgevillagehall.co.uk or ring 604289.
The hospice support group coffee morning in the church hall on Bank Holiday Monday was very well attended and raised £407.
Hade Edge Academy Community choir and Concertina Group will be giving a concert at Birdsedge Church, 6.30pm on Sunday June 16. Admission is £4 and refreshments will be available at half time. Ring 606624 for details.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Francis Priestnall from Skelmanthorpe. Prayers of Adoration were led by Wendy and Les Barber, and prayers of intercession by Beryl Holt and Betty Booth. Francis spoke of the disciples being called and sent out to preach good news of Jesus to everyone who would listen. Joan Bond read from the Old Testament the story of Samuel being called by God. Fred Green read the story of the disciples from the gospel of Luke. Jane Hobson was pianist, and the stewards were Joan Bond and Betty Booth. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Wendy Barber, who also served coffee and biscuits after the service.
At Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel the members of the Sunday school heard the story of St Paul and commenced activities about him. Robert Nuttall led the service on Sunday evening when he spoke about Christian Love. The Bible was read by Mike Hopcroft. The service included The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper and the steward was Carol Mosley. The pianist was John Orton. On Friday at 1.30pm there will be a concert given by Xylosound. On Sunday there will be a visit by the President of the Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches the Rev Ian Fall. There will be a buffet tea at 4.15pm followed by the service at 6pm.
Emley Playschool is hosting a Coffee and Cake Morning at Emley Methodist Chapel, Church Street, on Saturday June 15 from 10am to noon to raise funds for a new shed to store children's outdoor toys and equipment.
Sunday’s Worship for All service at St Michael’s concentrated on the meaning of the word Apostle. Coffee was served afterwards, followed by lunch to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Mavis and Malcolm Jessop. There was an evening service of Holy Communion.
Midweek services and activities include Tuesday @ 2for toddlers and their carers; Holy Communion on Tuesday evening at 7pm; Wednesday morning Holy Communion is at 9am followed by coffee in church; on Wednesday at 2pm there is the monthly service at Savile Court Flats – all are welcome; the Thursday youth group meetings start at 5pm with activities aimed at several different age groups.
On Saturday there will be the regular monthly Men’s Breakfast starting at 8.30am, including a cooked breakfast, good company and an interesting speaker. The guest speaker will be Andy Brooke, a local builder who has also been running a Charity called Hands of Hope, building orphanages and hospitals in Haiti. Next Sunday’s service is a 9.15am Holy Communion service and there will be no evening service.
The flower festival weekend was a huge success, raising £1,400 for our Building Restoration fund.
The Music Festival Weekend is Friday to Sunday June 21-23. On Friday 4-6pm free music workshops for under 12s; 7.30 for 8pm Folky Friday – Concert with Zoe Mulford and then a return visit from Lorelei Loveridge with Heather Greenbank £15. Saturday: 2-4pm: free musical workshop - all welcome; 7.30 for 8 p.m. An Evening with Gerry Marsden 1 £20. Sunday: 1.30pm doors open 2pm, Simply Sunday – Rob Scorah gives an acoustic guitar recital followed by an organ recital by Gordon Stewart £15.
At last Thursday’s meeting of Shelley Over 60s in the village hall, the whist high of 89 was won by Dorothy Jessop and Anne Matthews, the low went to Margaret Lee from nine tables. Members the held a minute’s silence in respect for Rene Biggin who passed away on Monday May 27. The bingo line was won by Ken Cassinelli and the full house shared by Wally Usher and Olwyn Berry. The was no wiiner for the first three numbers on one card so the prize carried over. There were nine birthdays to celebrate this week – John Cook, Margaret Haigh, Janet Craven (70), Gerald Edinburgh (70), Margaret Rutter, Keith Hartley, Margaret Taylor, Pat Collins and Beryl Lockwood. The winning number of this month’s minibus draw was held by Rebecca Moore). Raffle prizes were won by Vera Rothson, Kathleen Procter, Greta Hinchliffe, Jenny Rose, Ken Cassinelli and Margaret Schofield.
At the May meeting of the Skelmanthorpe Historical, Society David Griffiths gave an illustrated talk on the history of Greenhead Park. He told how, after the heroic efforts of a few local benefactors, the site was obtained and the park laid out ready for the opening in 1884. He concluded by telling how the park had recently been restored to its former glory.
Morning Worship at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church was led by Keith Randerson of Penistone. In his address, he compared the disagreements in the early church over the admission of non-Jews to some of the problems of today. Lessons were read by Jean Leach and Clare Dodsley who was also steward. Organist was Christine Senior.
Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday May 16. North/South: 1 M and L Cooper, 2 M Sandell and S Hancock, 3 J Pearson and M Hicks; East/West: 1 S Barrett and L Tempest, 2 J Daniel and L Mallinson, 3 J and M McGee. Thursday May 23. North/South: 1 A Mitchell and E Tullie, 2 D Cliff and C Bolland, 3 J Pearson and M Hicks; East/West: 1 E Pearson and A Barnett, 2 J Daniel and L Mallinson, 3 B Moseley and J Lockwood.