Morning worship at the Methodist Church was a service of Songs of Praise, with favourite hymns chosen by members of the congregation, some of whom spoke about their choice having special meaning in their lives. The service was led by Les Barber, Wendy Barber and Beryl Holt. Stewards were Maxine Lodge and Diana Hunt. Next Sunday it will be a joint service for Churches Together at the United Reformed Church starting 10.30am.
Last Tuesday the afternoon fellowship met and the speaker was Gordon Kay from Sandal, Wakefield. He spoke interestingly of the TV programme Downton Abbey and compared the various ways of life, especially those who were in service, with how in today’s world our service as Christians is important. Refreshments were served after the meeting.
The Prayer and Bible Fellowship for Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Denby Dale was led by Robert Nuttall when members continued their study of the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. The members of the Sunday School sang their favourite hymns and made posters to illustrate them. The members of Zion Chapel travelled to Bow Broom Chapel for a united service and a tea. On Wednesday there will be a drop in afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. The Chapel will be open for peace and quiet and the upper room for tea and cakes and a chat.
At Sunday’s Holy Communion service at St Michael’s, the theme was ‘inclusivity’ – how St Paul, brought up and educated as a strict Jew and Pharisee, encouraged the church at Galatia (nearly into modern-day Syria) to remember that Jesus said that everyone was included – that Christians should not reject the powerless and non-Jews, the outcasts or the collaborators. Christianity is for all! After the service coffee was served and cake was provided to help celebrate Bill Davies’s 80th birthday. There was no evening service.
Midweek services and activities continue as usual this week, with Tuesday @ 2 for toddlers and their carers; Holy Communion on Tuesday evening at 7pm; Wednesday morning Holy Communion is at 9am, followed by coffee in church; the Thursday youth group meetings start at 5 p.m. with activities aimed at several different age groups.
Next Sunday, June 30 will be a joint Holy Communion service at St James’s Flockton at 10am and there will be no evening service.
Music Festival Weekend was well-attended and much enjoyed. There was something for everyone, including free workshops and the star event – An Evening with Gerry Marsden – had people bopping happily to 60’s music. Thanks to Guy Loveridge and his team for arranging such a stunning event.
After a busy weekend, the church returns to regular monthly Saturday slots – 1st Saturday, prayer for an hour starting at 9am; 2nd Saturday, Men’s Breakfast at 8.30 a.m. with a full cooked breakfast, a guest speaker and good company!
Music will be laid on to raise cash for charity at a family fun day in Penistone. The event this Sunday, organised by Tesco, will raise money for Diabetes UK, the supermarket’s charity for 2013. Festivities will begin at noon when the Mayor of Penistone will launch the event next to the store. Music will include a folk band, Silkstone Brass Band and Penistone Ladies Choir. A taekwondo display will be held and there will be stalls, games and food. Penistone Theatre Group will be present and the Round Table will host a barbecue. Last year Tesco Penistone raised £8,700 while the company raised £8.65m nationwide.
At last Thursday’s meeting of Shelley Over 60s in the village hall the bingo line was won by Lilian Armitage, and the full house was shared by Edith Brookes and Linda Brauner. The first three numbers on one card was shared by Anne Matthews and Ken Cassinelli, who received £5 each. The whist high of 94 was won by Jo Morrison and the low of 64 went to Kathleen Proctor from eight tables. There were two birthdays to celebrate this week – Edna Glover and Shirley Sandon. Raffle prizes were won by Harold Gummerson, Jenny Rose, May Elliott and Mary Hobson. Because of a mains burst, the water was turned off and members went home thirsty.
Shepley Band are performing a free summer concert this Sunday. The popular wind band is appearing at Red House Museum gardens at Gomersal from 2pm to 4pm. Web: www.shepleyband.co.uk
Holy Communion was celebrated at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church on Sunday, June 23, by the Rev David Priestnall. The theme of his address was 'Jesus is Lord' and this was supported by lessons read by Jennifer Brooks and John Senior. Appropriate hymns were accompanied by Frances Priestnall whilst Anne Wadsworth was the steward. As this was the last service that David is to preach at Skelmanthorpe before his retirement, thanks were expressed to him for his and Frances's ministry among us. The morning ended with coffee and biscuits.