Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve with a Christingle Service. Millie Taylor, Sam Loftus and Emily Brook acted out a satirical sketch The Rich List. Young people from the Junior Church acted the playlet Rent-an-angel.com’ which told the story of the birth of Christ with a modern slant. Abi Archer – as Mary - sang the soloHow can this be? The children gave out the Christingles, which were then lit, and the whole congregation sang Away in a Manger. The service was led by Sue Howard, Linda Nuttall was the organist, it was directed by Andrea Morley, Peter Stead operated the AV and John Myers was in charge of the lighting.
There will be no service at Linthwaite Methodist Church tomorrow, New Year’s Day, but a joint service will be held at Marsden United Church at 10:30am.
Carol singers for Linthwaite Old Folks’ Treat went out on two evenings before Christmas, but were beaten on Christmas Eve by the very heavy rain. Both sessions were led by Linda Nuttall and the singing could be heard from some distance. The house-to-house collection on Boxing Day raised more than £1,100 which will go towards paying for the treat, which is to be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The treat is open to everyone to aged 65 and over who live in the Linthwaite boundary. For more information, please contact Mairi MacKay 07885 474733.
At Christ Church on Christmas Eve a Christingle service was led by the Rev Martin Parrott. The uniformed organisations told the Christmas story led by Catherine Pearson and the Junior Church children told the story of the Christingle led by Kim Harrison and junior church leaders. The instrumentalists were Rachel and Martha O’Sullivan and the organist was Paul O’Sullivan. At midnight the Rev Roger Nelson led a Eucharist service and preached and prayed. The Christmas morning service was led by the Rev Martin Parrott, lessons were read by David Hynd and Margaret McQuillan. Ian Blakeley preached and prayed and the organist was Derek Horne.
More than 1,000 people attended the Christmas services at St Bartholomew's starting with the Christingle services at 4pm and 6-30pm on Christmas Eve. They were led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside, who gave a talk about the meaning of the Christingles. Alison Gibson told a Christmas Story. The lesson was read by Emily Fisher and David Corps offered prayers. Marsden Band conducted by Brian Boothroyd provided the musical accompaniment. Unity Voices sang carols before the service. A collection was taken for the Children's Society. Midnight Mass followed. Lessons were read by Donald Lodge and prayers were offered by Carolyn Hansom. The Christmas Day Procession and Service was led by the vicar. Christine Garside read the lessons from Isaiah 52 and Hebrews 1. The Gospel was from 1 John chapter 1. Carolyn Hansom offered prayers. Ian Hunt was the organist at both services. Sidesmen were Jean Pennington and Audrey Armitage. Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, there will be a family service at 10am followed by Holy Communion at 11-30am. A New Year Lunch will be held in the Parochial Hall next Saturday January 7 – 12-30 for 1pm. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available from Carolyn Hansom, tel 01484-844660, priced £10, including a glass of sherry.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Christmas Day a the memorial service was held at 11.30am. The president was David McEvoy and the speaker was James Walker. On Wednesday evening at the Bible class Paul Rose led the daily readings discussion group. The Bible readings for that day were: Job chapter38, Zachariah chapters 13 and14 and Revelation chapters 15 and 16. Tomorrow, Sunday New Year’s Day, at 6pm, David McEvoy is to give a talk entitled Jesus is Coming Again.At the Bible class next Wednesday January 4 at 7.30pm the subject will be Clean and Unclean- Spiritual Lessons, with a visiting speaker, David Aaron. Visitors are most welcome to attend meetings and talks.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a sharing communion service at Parkwood Methodist Church with Golcar Providence Church together on Christmas Day morning. The preacher was the Rev Pam Ward assisted by John Oldham with communion stewards Renee Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth. Sandra and Phil McSweeney placed the symbols on the Christmas Tree and lit the candles on the Advent Ring. Prayer leader Niomi Sharp was also the pianist. The children played musical instruments during the service.
St James’ Parish Church held its Christmas by Candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 6pm. The church was decorated with Christmas trees lighting every corner. There was a crib in front of the altar and the memorial tree with messages from families and loved ones which set the scene. There was a full church with people standing in the balcony against the walls. The Rev Robyn Townsend welcomed everyone to the service. The candlelight readings were by Alison Parkinson, Chris Dunkeyson and young students from Two Gates Junior and Infants School, Harry Mozley and Jake Turton, Tim Swift and Elaine Bradley. Two music students, Sarah Taylor and Sophie Henderson, were soloists singing Christmas songs and carols. Prayers were led by Simon Parkinson, Alvy Whitehead played the organ and Slaithwaite Brass Band were also featured. Hundreds of worshippers made for a joyful evening service. Refreshments were served after the service. A late night Holy Communion was celebrated at 11.30pm and on Christmas morning a celebration of Holy Communion at 8am was followed by a 10am morning service and Holy Communion, led by the Rev Robyn and assisted by Raymond Denton. The Holy Gospel was from Luke, Chapter 2, verse 16 The Shepherds and the Angels and the address and prayers were led by the Rev Robyn. Visitors who were spending Christmas at Westwood Retreat and Visitors’ Centre were at the service and some of the children helped out during the address. Again the organist was Alvy Whitehead. Tea and coffee and mince pies were served afterwards.