Members of the Crosland Moor Mothers’ Union from St Barnabas’ Church, along with husbands and friends, enjoyed their annual outing. This year the visit was first of all to Beverley, where members spent part of the time appreciating the lovely architecture of the minster. Then after a light lunch and a look around the many shops, the coach travelled on to Bridlington where unfortunately it started to rain quite heavily and everyone made a dash to the shops. It did fine up eventually and after high tea at the Quayside Restaurant, members were able to take a stroll by the sea, before returning to the coach for the homeward journey. Altogether a pleasant day’s outing despite the spell of rain. Joyce Holdsworth, the branch leader thanked theŠorganizersŠNancy Jones, the secretary and Sheila Jaworski, the treasurer.


The Rev Pam Ward led the All-Age-Service at Providence Methodist Church Golcar on the theme Its Amazing. Mr I Day read the lesson and Mr G Brook was the organist. During the service Yvette Lauren Downey was baptised and welcomed into the church family. Fellowship continued in the schoolroom and refreshments were served.

The curate the Rev Harry Gwinnett held the second Sunday after Trinity service at St John’s Church and was the celebrant. Margaret Henry gave the Old Testament reading from Zachariah chapter 9, verses 9-12 and the second reading from Romans 7 verses 15-25 was given by Margaret Laycock. Harry gave the gospel reading from Matthew chapter 11, verses 16-19 and 25-30 on which he based his address and Harry also gave the prayers. Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club had been talking about the human body with its ears to hear, lips to talk and communicate, eyes to see and hands to help others and had made a cardboard cut-out of themselves. Sunday Youth had made yokes and had tried to balance the good things that they could do in life which outweighed the things that were not good.


Mrs Lesley Baxter led morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church. Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist and Mr Peter Stead operated the audio visual equipment. Mrs Baxter gave the children’s address after which they left with their leaders Joanna Ambler, Diane Loftus and Ed Archer-Siddall to go to Junior Church, Mr John Morrison read from the Old Testament and Peter Stead gave the New Testament reading. The sermon was preached by David Brook.

The all-age morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman, who prayed and gave a blessing. Shirley Haigh read the lesson and reader Ann Leigh led the talk on St Thomas. Derek Horne was the organist. Baptismal candles were given to Tilley Morelli-Hagerty and Charlie McIlwrick at the end of the service.

Choral evensong was led by Rev Jenni Honeyman who prayed and preached. Mrs Leigh read both lessons and Mr Horne played the organ.


On the Feast of St Thomas, guest celebrant Rev Janet Sargent, before leading the Eucharistic Service at St Mark’s Church, proclaimed the banns of marriage, for the first time of Gavin Campbell and Stephanie Knapton. The organist was Phil Turner. Janet commented on the new format of worship and a change in the original Gospel readings and said she would do her best. Following the gathering, preparation prayers and the spoken Gloria Bible readings were read by Dorothy Heads and Dilys Eastwood. The gradual hymn was followed by Janet reading the Gospel, she then ascended into the pulpit for her sermon which was based on the story of the yoke which assisted by lightening the burden of Jesus. She continued to say that in modern times everybody could lighten their burdens with God acting as their yoke. Intercession prayers were prepared and presented by Liz Malafronte and the Sunday school with their leaders Joan and Kay joined the service for the sharing of the peace. After another hymn and prayer of thanksgiving a new version of the Lord’s Prayer was said, leading up to Holy Communion during which Janet was assisted as server by Pat Jessop. After Communion churchwarden Davis Verlander read notices about the forthcoming Summer Fayre around church next Saturday and a joint hog roast to be held at St John’s Church, Golcar on July 16. The service closed with blessings by Janet and a short address by Alice Robinson to thank everyone for their support for the recent loss of her husband James. Longwood activities in July include Community Breakfast on July 16 at Parkwood Methodist church.


On Friday, July 1 Little People Praise, led by the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall, held their Sports Day outside the United Church in the sunshine. There were egg and spoon races - sack races - parent races and a parent and baby shuffle race!! Everyone was rewarded for their amazing efforts with prizes. The morning ended with singing the LPP favourite action song Our God Is A Great Big God and refreshments for everyone - Thank you to Alice and Margaret for the providing the refreshments. Little People Praise runs every first Friday of the month at 10am at The United Church Marsden, Peel Street (come in via side door by the drive).The next meeting is Friday August 5 and the theme will be 'Pets'. Little People Praise is a short service for little people and their carers. A time of laughter, fun, story telling and musical instruments. We do loud…. And quiet…..!

On July 3, the Sunday service at The United Church Marsden was led by Elaine Nixon. The theme that ran through the service was 'handing our worries over to God'. Bryan Cowgill read both readings from the Gospel of Matthew. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. The Junior Church put the finishing touches to what they will be presenting at their Anniversary Service next Sunday. Refreshments were served after the service by Joyce and Carl.

St Bartholomew’s Parish Church Family service was led by David Corps. The first reading, from Matthew 11, verses 16-19, was read by Matilda from Junior Church. Alison Fisher gave a talk on how we should tolerate and understand each other, assisted by Carolyn Hansom, Alison Gibson, David Fisher and Geoffrey Holroyd. The second reading – also from Matthew – was by Simon Crook. Rev Geoff Garside baptised Olivia Mulkeen, the daughter of Marvin Smith and Sadie Mulkeen and Stanley William Jarvis, son of Ben and Jane Jarvis. Prayers were offered by Simon Crook and Beth, Harriety, Helena and Lily from Junior Church. Sidesmen were Dorothy Lodge, Jean Pennington and David Fisher. Coffee and biscuits were served by Susan Everill, Christine Garside and Jenny Mitchell. Services continue on Tuesday at 9.30am in the Lady Chapel.

St Bartholomew’s will be open from 10am to 3pm each Tuesday in July and August for people to look around, pray privately and enjoy quiet meditation. There will be music and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.


At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Sunday following a church bring and share tea, the president at the evening Bible talk was David McEvoy. The speaker was Alan Shuttleworth, whose subject was God The Builder.

On Tuesday morning at 10.30 the coffee morning reading group read and discussed the Bible readings for the day, led by David McEvoy. Thoughts went out to members who were leaving for Bible missionary work in Zambia.

At the Bible class on Wednesday evening at 7.30, David McEvoy presided. Peter Simpson gave the talk on “Taking away the daily sacrifice.” Next Wednesday July 13 Kevin Waterhouse is to speak on “The brightness and express image of God.” The Bible seminar group met on Thursday evening at 7pm led by James Walker. On Sunday at 6pm , the subject for the evening Bible talk is “The last great earthquake to come.”

A special event is to be held by the Milnsbridge Christadelphians at Huddersfield Town Hall today, Saturday. The Bible 4 life talk will be given by James Walker at 10.30am,12.30pm and 3pm, illustrating how we got our Bible, its relevance to us today and the hope it can give us for the future. Visitors will be most welcome to this and to all our talks and presentations.


A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday. Menu was: tomato bake chicken, new potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, mixed green vegetables, apple and strawberry crumble, syrup sponge, sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble, lemon sponge, served with custard or cream, tea or coffee. It was organised by Barbara Rushforth assisted by ladies of the church. Date of the next drop in lunch is September 7.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Churc h on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Mr Peter Hirst, bible readers Jean Johnson and Gill Ritchie, organist Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service by Christine Johnson and Margaret Noble.

Parkwood Methodist Church are providing refreshments at the Town Hall, today, Saturday, July 9, 8.30am-3.30pm.


Slaithwaite Good companions enjoyed a musical afternoon, when Patricia Parkinson introduced Margaret Laycock, her theme being My Life in Music. Born into a musical family, she experienced orchestral, classical, and church music. Margaret began singing from an early age and in various choirs. She spoke about her life, interspersed with the piano and singing. Alice Blue Gown – the first solo she sang as a youngster, she then provided humour with Gracie Fields’ Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid? and Joyce Grenfell’s Stately as a Galleon. Then a chant, words written by Margaret, Have You Ever Tried to Ring British Gas on the Telephone and it Taking Hours” her version had members in stitches. She finished the afternoon with the Lords Prayer to a musical arrangement written by Margaret. She was thanked by Patricia for a super afternoon and as usual members wenthome feeling good. No birthdays to celebrate this week.

St James Parish Church family service was conducted by the Rev Robin Townsend. The lesson from Romans chapter 7 from verse 14 “The Conflict in Man” was read by a young member of our church, Hannah Parkinson. The address by Rev Robin was about slavery and spiritual slavery, how we choose to live our lives by God’s spirit. Prayers were led by Sarah Brown. The organist was Rodney Pearson. After the coffee break a short service of Holy Communion was celebrated with Raymond Denton assisting.

Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Clr Andrew Marchington of Golcar. His call to worship was Psalm 145. Andrew spoke of relationships as Gordon Ellis read from Genesis. Maureen Weaving read from Romans and Hilton Crowther read from Matthew. At the close of the service the Rev Jo Archer-Siddal baptised Archie Cooper-Shaw who was welcomed into the church family by Hilary Ellis. The organist was Roger Mitchell.

Mr Errol Salvesen held the Methodist Bible Study Group on Monday evening when Matthew 3 was read in two parts, firstly verses 1-12, John the Baptist coming to Judea, and then from verse 13, the Baptism of Jesus.