Brockholes Women’s Institute met last Thursday at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church parlour, when the speaker was Pat Alker, on Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan. Pat gave an impressive talk about her visit to Uzbekistan, visiting Bukhara, Samarkand and Registan Square with its collection of madrasahs, beautiful tiled buildings used for teaching. She showed slides of the places visited, pottery and artefacts and spoke about the history of the country. Pat brought members up to date with the charity she supports – a school in Ethiopia which also feeds the children who attend. Edith Johnston thanked Pat for her very interesting talk. Edith also won the competition for a silk item.
Holy communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev Liam Beadle, who spoke about the parable of the lost sheep. Paul Coleman read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. The organist was Sue Ogden.
The AD Group for young people met in the church and the churchyard for a tie-dye session when white T-shirts were given a new lease of life. The leaders were Kate Drake, Sue Clay and Caroline Lee as well as Louis Davies and the Rev Liam Beadle.
The Rev Tim Moore led the anniversary covenant and gift day service at the Methodist Church. The church was opened in 1906. Robert Booth played the organ and the scripture readings were given by Paul Grant, Graham Nicholson, Eileen Littlewood and Granville Dews. Mrs Barbara Oldfield welcomed the congregation and Janet Grant provided refreshments. Following the service, 32 people enjoyed a buffet lunch in the church parlour which was followed by a concert given by Hade Edge Community Choir, conducted by Sarah Ogden.
Valley Friends met on Monday under the chairmanship of Anne Macdonald for a talk and quiz by Betty Spring.
The Rev Nick Heaton led Holy Communion on Wednesday at St David’s Church when lessons were read by Ian Gold. The Monkey Business toddler group, the free lunch and the Over 60s Club all held their events.
Family communion on Sunday at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton, who also led parish communion with creche and young people’s groups. Lessons were read by Alison Wise and Dale Woods. The chalice was administered by Dorothy Parker and intercessions were led by Jean Chadwick, who was also the organist.
The newly-formed youth group met in the parish hall.
Morning worship at Holmfirth Methodist Church was led by the Rev David Bidnell, the new Superintendent Minister of the Huddersfield District. He was introduced by Sally Robinson. Glynis Woodward read from the gospel of Luke, chapter 15 – Jesus tells the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. The Rev Bidnell’s sermon focussed on the meaning of radical discipleship. This may call for risky involvement with others who might have opposing opinions, values or morals. He said that Christian discipleship at its best involves risky engagement. After the service about fifty people enjoyed a roast dinner in the newly finished Community Room. It was prepared and served by members of the fellowship team headed by Angela Ward.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev Liam Beadle. Andrea Gosslin read the lesson and Angeline Baker led intercessions. Lawrence Jones was the server and John Dean assisted with the chalice. The organist was Vernon Briggs.
On Sunday September 15 Jane and Andrew Cannon welcomed the congregation to the Harvest Festival Service at the Methodist Church led by Rev Laura Hardy. Carole Quamby was the organist and Phillip Horn read the passage from the bible Luke 17 v11-18– Ten cleansed lepers. The children of the Sunday School sang two Harvest songs and coffee and biscuits were served after the service, our hosts being June, Margaret and Cynthia. The evening service was led by our Minister Rev Tim Moore.
On Sunday September 1, the Rev Dennis Shields led a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s, assisted at the altar by Tim Howe. Peter Pearson was sidesman, Hilary Livingstone read the lessons and Louise Brook led prayers. Liz Pearson was the organist. Using a balloon as a visual aid, the Rev Dennis spoke about being humble and not blowing ourselves up with self-importance.
The following Sunday, the Rev Maureen Read took the service. She was celebrant, assisted by Kim Howe. Liz Pearson accompanied hymns, Jacquie France led prayers and John Andrew read lessons. The Rev Maureen encouraged us to listed carefully to God’s voice and what he wants us to do.
On Sunday, the Rev Peter Rolls held a service of all-age worship. Hilary Livingstone read lessons and Janine Day told the story of how a bad mood can affect others. Jacquie France led intercessions. The music group accompanied hymns and Peter Pearson took the collection. The Rev Peter spoke of meeting people and how we can affect those we met and how they can affect us. Linda Dunn spoke about the people she had met at work and on her travels and about the friendships she had made.
The service was one of the special services to celebrate St Mary’s 150th anniversary year and the vicar urged the congregation to think of the people they had met and made friends with through the church.
The service on Sunday at the Methodist Free Church was led by Mrs Margaret Tinker who chose six hymns and between each she read either a passage of scripture taken from Genesis, Matthew and Psalms or other articles from a book written by Eddie Askew. Each item was relevant to the hymn. The organist was Peter Coldwell.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Trevor Jones. The organist was Nigel Morris and refreshments were served. Next Sunday's service at 10.30am will be led by Terry Frost. All are welcome.