The Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson, the organist was Calinda Stockhill and the pianist was Chris Woodhead. Easter eggs that were hidden in a knitted chick were distributed among the Sunday School children with the compliments of Margaret Whitwam and Eva Watkins. On Saturday, April 25 at Golcar Baptist Church there will be a Golcar over 70s party, when tea will be served at 4pm followed by entertainment.
On Tuesday, April 7 Cannon Martyn Crompton led the Mothers’ Union Lenten Service at St John’s Church and was also the celebrant for Holy Communion. Ann Norton was the pianist and Dorothy Holden held a short meeting after the service when refreshments were served. A Maundy Service passover meal was held in the community room at St John’s, it followed the pattern of a Jewish household when, in response to questions from a young member of the family, the story of the last supper is recounted. Isaac Royston took the part of the young boy. The evening was organised and led by Rev Brenda Mitchell. The churches of Golcar joined together for an open air service in Jubilee Square on Good Friday morning. Hymns were interspersed with meditations, readings and prayers, led by Rev Pam Ward, Rev Chris Thompson, Helga Taylor, Rev Brenda Mitchell and Cannon Martyn Crompton. Music was provided by Liz Hardy. A children’s activity day was held on Good Friday at St John’s Church. Forty-two children worked together in five groups. The groups were Moonlight, Sunlight, Firelight, Daylight and Starlight. The children visited each of five activity workshops. In the kitchen they decorated biscuits with icing, and made baskets to carry the biscuits home in. Easter shapes were covered with tissue paper to make a lovely hanging decoration. The children enjoyed making paper flowers and planting them in decorated paper cups. Easter cards were carefully coloured in and further adorned with coloured threads. Lastly they enjoyed colouring in moving people and pinning them together with paper fasteners. After a picnic lunch in the community room a short service in church was led by Maggie Cuss and Mrs Flora Angus played the piano for singing. The event was organised by Diane Griffin. A meditation for Good Friday was held in St John’s Church at 3pm, led by Cannon Martyn Crompton and Rev Brenda Mitchell. In the evening an augmented choir conducted by Margaret Laycock gave a performance of Stainers Crucifixion. The soloist were Ian Henderson, tenor, and Sam Blagbrough, bass. Ann Norton was the organist. Easter Day saw a beautifully decorated church with flowers and a resurrection garden with an empty tomb for the Easter Day Festal communion at St John’s. Rev Brenda Mitchell led the service and was the celebrant for Holy Communion. Readings were given by Helen Davies and Maggie Cuss. Cannon Martyn Crompton gave the gospel reading and was also the preacher. Peter Linsell-Fraser led intercession prayers. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth had a busy time concentrating on the Easter story then making Easter baskets and finding hidden Easter eggs. The organist for the service was Ann Norton.
On Easter Sunday morning at Golcar Providence Church breakfast was served before the service and £120 was raised for Mercy Ships. The Rev Cyril Blount led morning worship which included communion. The choir sang the Choir of Roses and God So Loved the World, conducted by Malcolm Fairless and the organist was Chris Pearson.
Services at Christ Church during Holy Week were led by Rev Jenny Honeyman, Ann Leigh and members of the Mothers’ Union. On Good Friday an ecumenical fun day with about 40 children was held in the Methodist Church. On Easter Saturday a service of Light was led by the Rev Henry Stapleton. The Rev Jenny Honeyman sang the Exultet and the organist was Rhona Jepson. Easter Sunday morning service was led by the Rev Stephen Henry who blessed the Easter Garden, preached, celebrated Holy communion and gave a blessing. Prayers were said by Ann Leigh and a lesson was read by Joan Bedford and the children received Easter eggs. The evening service was led by Jenny Honeyman who also read a lesson. Margaret McQuillan preached and prayed and the organist was Rodney Pearson.
The Good Friday Holiday Club was held at Linthwaite Methodist Church. Organised by members from St Barnabas Church - Crosland Moor, Christ Church Linthwaite and Linthwaite Methodist Church the club was attended by 45 children aged 4 -11 years old from the Junior Churches and Ardron School Linthwaite. The theme of the day was ‘Finding Jesus,’ and the children took part in various activities and even had a visit from some live Easter Bunnies. At the end of the day each child received a certificate stating that they had ‘found Jesus.’ The event was led by Rev Jo Archer-Siddall from Linthwaite Methodist Church and Rev Jennie Honeyman from Christ Church Linthwaite.
The Easter Sunday morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall assisted by Ed Archer-Siddall. The theme of the service was the emotional turmoil of Christ on the cross and of Mary visiting the tomb. Rev Jo read from John 20, and some of the children acted out the various emotions Mary went through from weeping to joy, on discovering that the tomb was empty. Holy Communion was served by the Rev Jo with Ian Baxter and Jan Widdop assisting. Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist.
A busy Holy Week in Longwood culminated with the Easter Day Family service. Church leader Joan Morton MBE and some of the Young Church are pictured above in church with the daffodil decorated cross.
The Longwood Village Group, LVG, Spring/Summer 2009 Newsletter includes articles about the history of Longwood Sing by Charles Ross as well as information about the three village Heritage walks which have received a grant of £2,000 towards the printing of descriptive leaflets. The 10th birthday of the By and Buy shop will be celebrated on, on April 27 and people are invited to the shop to help celebrate. Forthcoming village events include Mama Mia an evening of Abba music which includes a three-course meal and a giant pumpkin competition funded with a Kirklees Council Grant. A recent, well-attended, meeting with several Kirklees councillors and prospective Lib dem parliamentary candidate met to discuss ways and means to reduce the number of accidents caused by heavy Lorries using St Mark’s Road to get to Church Street. It was resolved that action should be taken before, rather than after someone is killed.
Holy week, at St Mark’s Church, was very busy for parish priest Rev Jim Hunt with an evening service on Wednesday which included a presentation by Phyllis Kaye on the subject of Mary’s Diary. Maundy Thursday evening Jim led the annual eucharist service, with organist Philip Turner. This service included the washing of feet, when Jim washed the feet of three volunteers from the congregation. Jim then announced that he always found the washing of feet was a very emotional and moving event. After Communion came the stripping of the sanctuary, when Jim was assisted by Olive Houghton and Mark Gregory.
On Good Friday morning, Rev Jim performed the Liturgy of Good Friday and in the afternoon the Stations of the Cross ceremony took place while in the parish centre the young church attended the annual Brickworks” event.
St Mark’s Church bells were pealed prior to the Easter Day Family Service and people were welcomed by Phil Turner, his music group and augmented choir. Parish priest the Rev Jim Hunt led the sung eucharist. For the first time, since Lent, the Gloria was sung and everyone encouraged to clap along. The talk was by Carol Hunt, assisted by Charles Ross, and based on the rainbow picture by the young church, who added more symbols to the violet band. Carol explained about promises and said she promised a gift for everyone at the end of morning service. Prayers were presented by Phyllis Kaye and the exchanging of peace was followed by Jim lighting the new Easter candle from which he lit a baptism candle for Ellie Rose Thornton, recently baptised, who was then welcomed into the church family with the customary applause. The church was decorated with hundreds of fresh daffodils, picked from the large garden of a local benefactor Mr. Battye. Following Communion people were invited to decorate the large wooden cross, at the front of church and so it grew into a blaze of yellow with the daffodils. Jim announced that on the theme of Treasures Revealed the church would be open every morning and afternoon during the first week in May when many of the Treasures of St Mark’s would be on display. After closing the service with the Celtic Blessing Jim read an Easter greeting from Dean Henry Stapleton who will be the guest celebrant tomorrow morning.
A Good Friday evening service was held at the United Church, shared with members from Slaithwaite and Linthwaite Methodist Churches. The service was led by the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddal and readings, telling the Easter Story were given by members of the congregation, and the organist was Christine Gledhill. Easter morning worship at the United Church was led by Mr David Brook and readings were given by Kathleen Jackson and Carl Butters, and Chris Cook was the organist.
Easter Holy Communion at St Bartholomew Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay. There was a blessing of the Easter Garden followed by procession. The organist was James Harker, the reading was by Joyce Pogson and prayers were said by Rosie Kilburn. Sidespersons were Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington and Elsie Lingard. Coffee was served by Evelyn Laidlow, Glynis Ward, Pat Burgess and Alison Fisher. There will be a concert with Marsden Band and Unity Voices on May 2. Adm: £6 at the door.
At the Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class Mr A Brown from Halifax gave a talk on “Heaven on Earth” and on Sunday Mr J Kirby, from Halifax gave a talk on “The Goodness and Severity of God.”
A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. The guest preacher was the Rev Peter Bedford, in the chair was Jean Johnson, pianist Kenneth Rothery and refreshments were served by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beeves. A Good Friday evening service was held at Parkwood Methodist Church when the preacher was Rev Peter Bedford, assisted by Sandra McSweeney, Anne Ivey, Christine and Jean Johnson, Margaret Noble, Freda and Marion Lloyd, Gill Ritchie, Rene Wyatt, all readings were from St Mark’s Gospel. The organist was Kenneth Rothery. People were welcomed to an early communion service by Marion Lloyd on Easter Sunday morning with Rev Peter Bedford, assisted by Mary Rothery, communion stewards Rene Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth, followed by an Easter breakfast organised by Freda and Joe Lloyd. The morning continued with the Easter Day service with guest preacher Rev Pam Ward assisted by Sandra McSweeney, Freda and Jo Lloyd with visual aids. All the Lenten cross symbols were removed during the service and replaced with spring flowers by the congregation. The choir sang two Easter anthems, This Joyful Easter Tide, conducted by Gareth Beaumont, organist Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service.
Slaithwaite Good Companions met on Thursday when Patricia Parkinson introduced, and the group were entertained by Slaithwaite Methodist Choir. Fourteen members and their conductor Wendy Redfearn singing a collection of songs and choruses interspersed by poems from Marjory Crowther, Wendy Redfearn and Maureen Weaving. Five in the group also gave their version of Cinderella. The pianist was Margaret Stevenson, and thanks given by Hilda Haigh.
The Maundy Thursday Holy Communion service held in the evening at St James’ Church was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, the layreader, and Raymond Denton, who also read the lesson. The sermon was Jeanette Seed and prayers by Margaret Ingham. The organist was Alvy Whitehead. This was followed by the stripping of the alters in preparation for Good Friday. St James’ Parish Church evening service and meditation for Good Friday was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, the three readings were all from St Luke's’ by Jean Lobley, Raymond Denton and Margaret Warren, the sermon by Rev Robin, prayers by Patricia Parkinson and the organist was Alvy Whitehead. St James’ Parish Church celebration of Easter Holy communion was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed and Raymond Denton. Rev Robin started with a short address followed by the hymn Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. This year’s service was different as the congregation was invited to go out and witness in the village singing near the Wharfside Inn, Monsoon Restaurant and the floating tea rooms. Those unable to go outside were entertained by the organist Alvy Whitehead who played hymn requests for singing until the congregation came back to celebrate the Eucharist. There was an Easter garden, and many Easter lilies in remembrance of lost ones and Easter eggs were given to the children and extra Easter hymns were sung, such a joyful ceremony. The music group led the singing and Hiroko Townsend was the pianist when the group sang All Things Bright and Beautiful. Coffee and biscuits and sherry was served after the service.
The Methodist Women’s Fellowship met on Tuesday afternoon. Betty Whitwam was in the chair and led prayers. Pauline Gee was the bible reader, Betty introduced the speaker the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddal who told us of her life before she decided to candidate for the ministry. Pauline had baked an Easter simnal cake which along with hot cross buns was enjoyed by all. Maureen Weaving was the pianist.
Friends from Marsden and Linthwaite churches joined the Methodist Maundy Thursday service which took the form of a slide presentation in which the members were able to participate. The Rev Joanne conducted worship and church stewards were the bible readers. The service included Holy Communion and Margaret Stephenson was the organist. Several members from Slaithwaite attended the Good Friday service at Marsden United and took part in the service which was led by the Rev Joanne. The theme of her sermon was the three crosses and five readers contributed with bible passages and prayers. The organist was Christine Gledhill.
Easter Sunday service was led by the Rev Joanne. Before the service began church members and friends decorated the cross with flowers. “The Risen Lord” was the theme of the service. Wendy Blackburn gave the bible reading. The service included Holy Communion. The decorated cross was placed in the vestry window and the last of the intern stalls was manned by Wendy Blackburn and Karsten Svensgaard. The organist was Wendy Redfearn.