The Harvest Festival morning service at the Methodist Church was led by Mr Terry Frost. Mrs Jan Gaunt was the reader and the organist was Mr Noel Clark.
During the afternoon, a joint Songs of Praise was held by members of St George’s Church and the Methodist Church. The Rev Tim Moore led the service at the Methodist Church assisted by his wife, Hazel. The lesson was read by Mr Michael Pears and the organist was Mr Noel Clark. Tea was served afterwards. Collection money from villagers on the day will be donated to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. Gifts of dried goods will be given to the Welcome Centre.
Parish communion for harvest at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, who spoke about the Importance of Saying Thank You. Margaret Kenworthy read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. Verena Wood was the organist. During the service, Oliver Radley-Middleton was made a full member of the choir.
A Little Gang harvest festival for pre-school children and parents was held at St David’s Church. The service was led by Joyce Smith and Margaret Cullen. Refreshments were organised by Margaret Tupling.
Midweek Holy Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford when Ian Gold read the lessons. It was followed by the Monkey Business group and the free tea lunch and Over 60s Club. Carolyn Burley led Friday evening prayers.
Parish Eucharist at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford when lessons were read by Ben Cooper and Judith Bamford. Intercessions were led by Ian Gold and the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
The Rev John Hardy, who was the preacher on Sunday at the Methodist Church, spoke to the children about sheep needing a shepherd. He showed them pictures on the screen of different types of sheep, white, black and spotted or Jacob sheep, named from the story in Genesis 30. He went on to tell them that we are known as the sheep and Jesus in our shepherd who cares for us. The children then left for their groups. The Rev John took for his text Philippians 4 verse 8,9 king James version. Finally brethren Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you. He spoke about the way we are influenced by what we read in the press, films we watch, and television and how these things have changed over the years and morals have declined in all these areas and in the world. As Christians we are often guilty of pre-judging people and gossiping. As Christians we should be aware of this and live as Jesus taught us to by His word. He ended with the words from Philippians “What you have seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.” The Old Testament reading Exodus 32 v1-14 the Golden Calf was read by Bob Rudd and Philippians 1-9 was read by Val Blakemore. Prayers of intercession were led by Alison and Andrew Denton. The choir led the singing and Barbara Verity was at the piano.
The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated Holy Communion at Holy Trinity for the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity at 10.30am. The Jones family were sidesmen and the lessonŠ from St Paul's letter to the Philippians was read by Roger Pullen. Sue Winter led the intercessions, Jane Robertson played the organ and Carlton Tinsdeall assisted with the chalice. After the service, coffee was served in the Gallery Room by Frances O’Dwyer.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Simon Dean read the lesson and the organist was Jean Cheeseman.
John Dean was speaker at a meeting of St Mary’s Mothers’ Union. His subject was wood carving. Pat Green proposed the vote of thanks.
Meltham WI held their meeting on October 5, chaired by the President Barbara Sheard. The tea ladies for the evening were Glenys Sykes and Ann Kaye. Speaker Shirley Roberts’ subject was Scarves And Their Uses. She displayed some beautiful scarves in different fabrics and sizes and showed members how to use them. Members then had a go themselves in what was an excellent evening. The vote of thanks was proposed by Jean Howard. The raffle, organised by Margaret Booth, was won by Betty Peel.
ŠMr Robert Booth was the preacher at the morning service at the Methodist Church on Sunday. The theme for the service was based on the readings from the Bible from Matthew chapter 22 verses 1-14, read by Lise Newsome. The congregation were met at the door by Linda Swift and Vera Parker. Christine Lockwood was the organist and hosts for coffee and biscuits were Doug Brodie and Hilary and Roger Deakin.
The Tuesday morning prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons. Thursday’s midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also the celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Family communion on Sunday at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also the celebrant. The readers were Hilary Broadbent and Sarah Drummond. Canon Beattie gave the prayers and Sue Dawson assisted with the chalice. Ian Greenhalgh was the organist. During the service, the baptism took place of Katie Burfitt. Refreshments were served afterwards by Celia Ward.
On Sunday, October the congregation of St Mary’s joined family and friends of Mary-Lynn and Simon Harper when their marriage was blessed. Mary-Lynn is Canadian and the couple were married in April in Canada. The Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service and Simon’s brother Andrew read the lesson. Miss Pearson played the organ and the hymns were chosen by the couple.
The Harvest Festival service at Wooldale Methodist Free Church on Sunday was led by Robert Nuttall. In his sermon he talked on the verse “While the earth remaineth seed time and harvest will never cease.” The theme for the harvest window decorations was One World inspired by the Olympics and each window depicted a different country. Lunch was served after the service by the ladies of the church. The organist was Peter Coldwell.
Members of the Methodist Church attended the harvest service with worshippers at Lane Bottom.