Mr Trevor Jones led worship at the Methodist Church. The organist was Mr Michael Brown.
Parish communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, who spoke about St Matthew, whose Saint’s Day it was. Paul Coleman read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. The organist was Verena Wood.
The Rev Laura Hardy led worship at the Methodist Church when Mrs Eileen Littlewood played the piano. The Rev Laura Hardy also conducted the wedding of Karen Grant and Marcus Westmorland.
At Holy Trinity Church on Sunday at the later time of midday, the theme of the Harvest Service was food, the giveaway factor being the presence of tables and chairs set out in the body of the church, all ready for a meal. The Rev Keith Griffin led the special service in which children and their parents enacted a story about the sequence of food getting from the ground to the table. The reader was Joan Warrender, prayers were led by Richard Southam and the organist was Lizzie Hayward. At the close of the service, the vicar invited the congregation to sit down at the tables and enjoy the lunch, planned and served by church wardens Sheena Blunden and Richard Southam, assisted by Stella Southam, Gloria Styring and Dorothy Walker.
Hepworth Junior and Infant School held their own Harvest Service in Hepworth Church on Friday morning. Parents and families joined the children for the service, which was led by head teacher Alison Shaw.This year’s Harvest appeal was in aid of the Christian African Relief Trust and donations of stationery were brought to church by the children.
The Camera Club held a workshop evening led by Geoff France.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. He also conducted Friday evening prayers. The Monkey Business, Tumble Tots and Over 60s groups met during the week.
Early communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. The Rev Geoff Banks conducted parish Eucharist when lessons were read by Alison Wise and Mary Cooper. Thelma Nelson led intercessions and Dorothy Parker assisted with the chalice. Mary Cooper and John Burdon led the creche and junior church. The organist was Eddie Purcell.
Tea at Three was organised by Ian Gold with refreshments arranged by the social committee.
Holmfirth Cricket Club will hold its annual carol concert in the parish church on Saturday December 6 at 7pm, when special guests will be the Hade Edge Band.
Old Style Cricket is coming to Holmfirth in 2009. Holmfirth Cricket Club members will step back into the past on Sunday July 12 next year when the Bridge Fold ground will host a cricket match played in the style – and the rules of cricket – of the 19th century! This will mean underarm bowling, unprepared wickets, top hats and all the fun of the fair! Cricket matches in these long gone days were colourful events, with a wide variety of sideshows and the club is hoping to re-create the fun and excitement of these early matches. Planning is in an early stages, but the help of the Calderdale and Kirklees Cricket Heritage Project has been enlisted. Anyone wishing to get involved should contact a club member.
The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion and 10.30 Parish Eucharist. The Rev Keith Griffin officiated. Neil Sykes read from Philippians 2 v1-13 and Sue Winter led the intercessions. Linda Smithers assisted with the chalice. Keith spoke on Philippians chapter two, looking at how Jesus can be a role model for us for us to follow. Vicky and Alan Winpenny served coffee after the service. There was an official closing of the Magnificant Miniatures Exhibition which has been running since May. Harvest this Sunday 11.30 at Choppards followed by a Faith Lunch. All welcome.
Praise and worship was led by Elijoy and the band at Holmfirth Christian Centre’s Sunday morning service held at the Phoenix Centre, beginning with the singing of Dancing Generation. Pastor Ian Gooch spoke on Supersizing God In Our Lives. Taking the text from Isaiah, he encouraged everyone to get spiritually ‘supersized’ and to live out the will of God one day at a time. Explorers Sunday school group was led by Becky Gooch, who read psalms with the youngsters taken from the children’s Bible. They then watched a Hillsongs Kids DVD and learnt a dance routine to a song called Supernatural.
On Sunday evening Justified, the church youth group meeting was held at the Huddersfield Road Centre, where they took part in Biblical word search game where they had to seek out books of the Bible hidden in the text. Prayer and social time followed. On Wednesday evening, Pastor Ian led praise and worship, and then continued with the fourth part in the series of messages entitled Dynamic Bible Study. Refreshments followed.
On Sunday morning, Rev Charlotte Lorimer led the worship at Holmfirth Methodist Church. Kimm Brook addressed the young people with a message that how we live and what we actually do really matters. With the help of Tobias and Isaac from the congregation, she brought this to life through the parable of the two sons - one quick to say he will help his father and then doesn’t - the other initially declines, but on reflection comes good and lends a hand. Bob Rudd read a New Testament passage from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. The Old Testament reading from The Book of Exodus was delivered by Val Blakemore. In the afternoon, family and friends came together for a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Christine Senior.
Trinity Church will host a Beetle Drive and meat and potato pie supper on Saturday October 11 with a 6.30pm start. Cost is £5. A Fair Trade Harvest Breakfast (costing £3.50) will be served from 9am on Sunday October 19. Contact 661436 for further details.
St Mary’s Church Harvest Lunch, in the Parish Rooms, will be served between 11.30am and 12.45pm on Thursday October 30.
Honley Civic Society are presenting a talk on Bamforths of Holmfirth in the parish rooms on Thursday October 9 at 7.30pm. Members free – visitors £1.
Honley Over 55s Activity Group begins a new season on Wednesday October 8 in the Community Centre, Stony Lane (1.30-4pm). Visitors will be able to play short mat bowls, kurling, pool and table games or just enjoy a chat. New members are always welcome.
Members of the Probus Club meeting in the community centre observed a silence as a mark of respect for founder member and former registrar Jim Maddock, who died recently. Trevor Moody was the speaker, making a return visit to the club. He gave a comprehensive account of the life of Thomas Armstrong – gun maker, shipbuilder and innovator – and the house he built at Cragside, Northumberland. The talk, which was illustrated by computer slides, was well received and chairman Viv Flynn proposed the vote of thanks. Probus Club members and their wives enjoyed a lunch at The Auctioneer Restaurant.
Parish eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Pauline Ellis read the lesson and intercessions were led by Jane and Graham Wardman. The organist was Jean Cheeseman.
St Mary’s Men’s Society met in the parish room when member John Ambler spoke on his life and career in education.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Dennis Thewlis read the lesson and intercessions were led by Jean and Leslie Chadwick. During the afternoon, the Rev David Barnes baptised Isabella Grace Dyson, the daughter of Andrew and Kelly. Alison Dean and Pat green read the lessons and the organist was Vernon Briggs.
On Sunday evening, a revival of Honley Feast Sing was organised by Honley Churches Together. Following refreshments in the village hall, a processions led by Honley Silver Band proceeded to St Mary’s Church with hymn singing on the way before a Songs of Praise service in the church accompanied by the band. Solo items were performed by the band and combined choirs of St Mary’s and St George’s churches.
Meltham Parish Church Gilbert and Sullivan Society are holding a ceilidh tonight (Saturday) from 7.30pm in the church hall, Greensend Road. Admission is £7.50 and includes a sop supper.
A coffee morning is planned for Saturday October 25.
Principals in the society’s main show –The Pirates of Penzance on November 18-22 – are: Anna Trent (Mabel), Paul Richmond (Frederick), Irene Bradley (Ruth),Gerald Tinson (Pirate King), Michael Robinson (Samuel), Sandra Tinson (Edith), Zena Turner (Kate),Caroline Brough (Isabel), Bill Flanagan (Sergeant of Police) and Denis M Armstrong (Major General).
The new Sure Start Children’s Centre for Holme Valley North was opening its doors today (Saturday)in Birmingham Lane.The official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting was due to be performed by the Elgie family who were the first to register with the centre, plus Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Cabinet member for Children’s Services. There were performances from Animal Man and his and other activities were to include face painting, animal masks and puppets.
Meltham Moor Primary School Autumn Fair was being held today (Saturday) featuring hook-a-duck, guess how many sweets in the jar, football shootout, various snacks and refreshments. There was also a fire engine.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks, who was also the celebrant. Family communion was led by the Rev Geoff Banks, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were Graham Dawson and Karen Beattie. Sue Dawson led prayers and Phil Brown assisted with the chalice. Peter Travis played the organ and the service was followed by coffee and biscuits.
Simon Hollingworth led morning service at the Methodist Church. He was assisted by Robert Booth and the organist was Nigel Morris. The monthly social event was a slide show of South Africa presented by Peter and Christine Lockwood. A slide show called Mediterranean Cruise was given by Lorna Macdonald at the women’s monthly fellowship. In the evening, members attended the joint service at Scholes.
Sunday service at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Roy Horn and readings from 1 Corinthians and John were by Wendy Bower. In his sermon, Roy talked about healing, asked the congregation if they believed they can be healed by God and spoke of how, in the bible, God healed the lame and the blind. The organist was Peter Coldwell. There will be no service at the church on Sunday as the congregation joins friends from Wooldale Methodist church at their harvest festival. The following weekend is the Free Church harvest weekend, beginning on Saturday with a rainbow bazaar followed by the harvest service at 10.30am on Sunday.This will be led by Robert Booth and all are welcome.