The Rev Laura Hardy led worship at the Methodist Church. The pianist was Mrs Eileen Littlewood.
Sunday parish communion at St George’s Church was conducted by the Rev David Barnes. Martin Dove read the lesson, which as taken from Acts, verses 1-11. The gospel was taken from the final chapter of St Luke. In his sermon, the vicar spoke of the Ascension. Roger Kenworhy was the server and the sidesmen were Beth and Martin Dove. Verena Wood was the organist.
The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish eucharist at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The reader was Joan Warrender, prayers were led by Lorraine Pollitt and the organist was Lizzie Hayward.
The Hepworth branch of the Mothers Union met on Tuesday evening, led by Sheila Scholefield. The speaker was John Thornton, an artist, who gave an interesting talk based on the question Do You See What I See?
Tea at Three, entertainment for the elderly, was provided by Ian Gold and the Rev Geoff Bamford. Refreshments were provided by the social committee.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks. The lesson was read by Ian Gold. Meetings of the Monkey Business, Over 60s and Tumble Tots groups were held during the week.
Holy communion for the Feast of the Ascension was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Ian Gold was the reader. Ian Gold led Friday evening prayers.
Parish Eucharist at St David's Church was led by the Rev Dennis Shields when lessons were read by Sandy Wise and Ian Gold. Carolyn Burley led intercessions and the creche and junior church were led by Kathryn Kingdon. Eddie Purcell was the organist. During the afternoon, YBs@St D's - a meeting for nine to 14-year-olds - was led by Mike and Linda Smithers and Carolyn Burley.
The Seventh Sunday of Easter was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion led by Rev John Capstick and 10.30am Parish Eucharist led by Rev Keith Griffin. Audrey Dalton assisted with the chalice. Neil Sykes led the intercessions and Chris Headley read from Acts 1. Kay Booth served coffee after the service. Keith spoke about prayer, saying we need faith to believe our prayers are heard. We should bring the person or situation to God and let God decide the answer. We are not self-sufficient and we need God’s help, he said.
Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Charlotte Lorimer, assisted by Barbara Rochester’s worship team. During the service the baptism took place of Charles Jack, son of Olivia and Richard Chitty. The reading was taken from Romans, explaining how there is peace from God through the death of Jesus on the cross. During the sermon, Rev Charlotte expounded on the reading. Sunday was also Aldersgate Day, when Methodists remember John Wesley’s ministry. He felt his ‘heart strangely warmed’ by the reading from the Bible whilst attending a meeting of Moravian Christians.
For Your, the War is Over was the title of a talk given to Probus Club members by Fred Maltas. A former flight engineer in Bomber Command during World Ward Two, Mr Maltas was shot down over Holland before being incarcerated in Stalag Luft VI in Lithuania for the rest of the war. He described camp life and attempts – both successful and unsuccessful – by his fellow inmates to escape before being liberated in 1945. Leslie Chadwick proposed the vote of thanks. Bill Sewell provided coffee in celebration of his golden wedding anniversary.
Parish eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Diana Kaye read the lesson and intercessions were led by Clive Waind. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
Communion for Ascension Day at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks, who was also celebrant. The reader was Hazel Banks. Sue Dawson led prayers and Philip Broadbent was the pianist. During the evening, a farewell service for the Rev Geoff Banks was held at the church for members of the Upper Holme Valley Team. The readers were Martin Woodhead, Les Hopkins and Ian Gold. Prayers were led by Sue Dawson. The Rev Geoff Banks was the celebrant and was assisted by the Rev Di Ellerton and the Rev Geoff Bamford. Rural Dean the Rev Canon Chris Bullimore preached the sernon. Following the service, the Rev Geoff Banks and his wife Hazel were presented with watches and a cheque by the Rev Keith Griffin. Team Rector the Rev Sean Robertshaw spoke at the presentation. The organists were Dr Geoffrey Lockwood and Adam Greenhalgh. A buffet supper was provided by ladies of St John's; All Saints' Church, Netherthong; and St David's Church, Holmbridge.
Family communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev John Capstick, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were Angela Cole and Derek Dixon. Prayers were led by Val Shuttleworth and the chalice was administered by Bill Brown. Peter Travis played the organ. Refreshments were served afterwards.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Marina Woodhead. The organist was Sue Ogden. The women’s monthly fellowship held a bring-and-buy sale to raise £76 for church funds.