Mrs Verena Woodhead led worship at the Methodist Church when the reader was Mrs Jan Gaunt. The organist was Mr Keith Garside.
Family communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, who was assisted by Hannah Warten with his talk on Burdens. Helen Dickinson read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley was the server. Hymns were accompanied by the music group and the organist was Verena Wood.
The Rev Sean Robertshaw conducted the parish Eucharist service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The reader was Jim Selkirk, prayers were led by Louise Vigor and the organist was Jane Robertson. Sunday School was led by Chris Fletcher. On Wednesday evening, the Parochial Church Council met in the church meeting room under the chairmanship of Lorraine Pollitt.
Three's Company, a gathering for elderly people, was held on Monday. The event included a nature quiz and refreshments organised by Carolyn Burley.
The Little Gang summer service for pre-school children and their parents was held on Tuesday at St David’s Church. The service was led by Joyce Smith, Margaret Cullen and Carolyn Burley.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton when lessons were read by Ian Gold. The service was followed by the Monkey Business group and the free lunch and over 60s club. Tumble Tots met on Thursday and Friday evening prayers were conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford.
A Worship Together service on Sunday at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by Andy Bounds and Adam Milner. Intercessions were led by the visiting Cub pack. Music was provided by organist Eddie Purcell, John Burdon on guitar and flautist Becky Burdon. Evensong was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford when the pianist was Audrey Brooke.
Last Sunday saw an interesting and engaging service at Holmfirth Methodist Church led by Mr Terry Frost. Terry began the service with an address to the younger members of the congregation about how the many ways eggs can be used in the kitchen, but only if they have not been hard-boiled. Likewise, God has many uses for us, but only if we are open to His will. The service drew upon Isaiah’s vision in the temple and Jesus’ use of parables to explain how we all should be willing to adapt and change our ways in order to further God’s kingdom. On Sunday evening, a special Songs of Praise service was held, where the congregation chose to sing their favourite hymns. The service was greatly enhanced by some visitors from Ireland, who accompanied the singing with some marvellous piano and organ playing.
Morning worship at Holmfirth Methodist Church on Sunday July 3 was a family service led by Barbara Rochester, assisted by Sally Robinson’s worship team. The family and friends of baby Amelia Turner were welcomed, to offer her God’s blessing and to pray for God’s grace for her and her family. Barbara used the story of the Hungry Caterpillar to show the children how God offers us all sorts of possibilities if we will take time in our busy lives to listen to what He has to say. Pam Buchanan read from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 11 verses 28-30. Using these verses in her address to the congregation, Barbara developed the theme that she started with the children – that the teaching of Jesus offers us a perspective on life which is different from the demands of our busy daily lives and which can offer us relief from everyday cares and worries. Regular coffee mornings continue each Thursday from 10am. Every Saturday afternoon throughout the summer there is an invitation to enjoy tea and home-made cakes in the Community Room from 2-4.30pm.
Family service at St Mary’s Church was conducted by the Rev David Barnes. Helen Martin read the lesson and intercessions were led by Jane and Graham Wardman. The singing was led by the music group and Honley Junior School choir. The choir also performed an item accompanies by teacher Mrs Sue Ogden.
Parish Eucharist on Sunday evening was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Pat Green led intercessions and the organist was Jean Chadwick.
Meltham WI held their meeting on Tuesday, with President Barbara Sheard in the chair. The tea ladies for the evening were Ann Kaye and Josie Beevers. The speaker was Sheila Antrobus whose talk, entitled Don’t Chuck It Check It was about antiques. Members had been asked to bring along some of their antiques and there was a good collection. She gave an estimated valuation of what had been brought. This was very interesting and enjoyed by members. The vote of thanks was proposed by Jackie Moutell. The raffles organised by Margaret Booth were won by Carol Tinker and Jackie Moutell
The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton, who was also celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
On Saturday evening, a concert was held in St John’s Church by New Mill Male Voice Choir and Hade Edge Community Choir. Refreshments were served during the interval. Proceeds from the concert will be shared between both choirs and the church.
Early communion on Sunday was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who also took the family service, when he baptised Matthew Samuel Broughton. Refreshments were served afterwards by Hilary Roberts. The organist was Peter Travis.
On Sunday June 26 a service of Holy Communion was celebrated at St Mary’s Church. The Rev Peter Rolls was celebrant and preacher. Louise Brook read the lessons and Margaret Trayte assisted at the altar.
The following Friday, July 1, Annabel Whittaker and Richard Thornton were married at St Mary’s by the Rev Judy Kenworthy. The Rev Peter Rolls led prayers, Mark Thornton read a poem and Philip Walker read the lesson. The bride was given away by her father Iain Whittaker and organist was Liz Pearson. A reception was held at Meltham Golf Club.
On Sunday July 3, the Rev Judy Kenworthy led a service of Holy Communion, assisted by Margaret Trayte. Liz Pearson was the organist and Rebecca, Abby-Leigh and Bethany chose the hymns. Louise Brook read the lessons and Peter Pearson was sidesman.
The Sunday School Anniversary Service at the Methodist Church was led by Colin Stringer. The organist was Nigel Morris. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards.