Members of the Association of Christian Fellowship from St. Barnabas' Church met in the Parish Hall for their monthly meeting. The leader Susan Tattersley opened the meeting with a poem and after the notices of forth coming events introduced the speaker Mr M F Wright who gave a very humorous account of his time as an amateur auctioneer. It was fortunate that Mr Wright was used to making his voice carry as the first part of his talk was against the background of an accidently activated fire alarm. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sheila Jaworski, the raffle prize was won by Margaret Cooper and the hostesses were Andrea Turner, Janice Hardcastle and Patricia Kaye.


On May 5 the speaker was Mr Frank A Wright at the Golcar Providence Friendship group meeting. His talk was on The Village Butcher. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with lots of hilarity! Mr Wright was introduced by Mrs Nancy Meadows, and the pianist was Mrs Sheila Pearson.

The 135th Junior Church Anniversary service as Providence Methodist Church was led by Mr Andrew Marchington. Mrs Liz Bishop read the lesson and the choir, led by Mr Malcolm Fairless, sang the anthem Father In Heaven. Mr Granville Brook was the organist. Mr Peter Booth introduced and welcomed the Rev Bob Warwicker to the Men’s Fellowship at Providence. His talk was about people and places he had seen and met during his sabbatical.

Church warden Helen Davis welcomed the congregation to the morning worship at St John’s Church and led the service for which the theme was communications of the modern World, Talk or Text. Nore Beaumont followed this up in her talk by noting how face to face personal contacts were increasingly being replaced by the use of mobile phones, emails and internet and even within families the old traditions of having meals together were being replaced by individual meals taken in front of a television set or a computer. As a result important elements of communication such as body language and tone of voice were being lost. The readings from Luke 2, 41-52 was given by Margaret Laycock and Ann Norton was the pianist. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth talked about friendship and gave a practical demonstration of the pleasure and fun of face to face personal contacts. At a welcome service in the afternoon the Rev Canon Martyn Crompton baptised Bailey Alexander Brook Walsh and Luke Dylan Brady.


The service at the United Church Marsden was led by Francis Horton. Mr Horton gave an illustrated talk to the young people of the church and demonstrated how our eyes can deceive us; this theme was carried through with readings and sermon relating to The Road to Emmaus. The organist was Chris Cooke. Junior Church were busy preparing for the Christian Aid service next week, which they will be leading. The Tweenies (Junior Church's younger members) had the story of Noah's Ark and are busy making a collage of the Ark. Refreshments were served by Junior Church and the donations raised were passed on to Christian Aid. Little People Praise led by John Hattam, met on the Friday, May 6 at 10am. This was very lively meeting with youngsters and their carers tasting different fruits, making collage pictures and singing. Little People Praise is a short service for little people and their carers and meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 10am. It is a time of laughter, fun, story telling and musical instruments. We do Loud…. and quiet…..! Every child is important and we aim to offer a fun and safe environment for child-friendly worship. Each service has a different theme.

Sunday morning at St.Bartholomew's was a celebration of re-dedication of the Tower and Baptistery and Confirmation and Holy Communion. The service was led by the Rt Rev Anthony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, who also confirmed fourteen members of the congregation, both children and adults. The Deputy Mayor, Clr Eric Firth and families and supporters of those being confirmed were welcomed. Alison Fisher gave the first reading and the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside read the Gospel. The Bishop preached the sermon.The prayers were offered by the confirmed candidates who had each composed their own prayer. Ian Hunt was the organist. The Junior Choir, directed by Simon Crook, sang during Communion.Sidespersons were Brian Mitchell, Bunny Lonnen, Cynthia Batley and Alison Gibson. Lunch was then served in the Hall. Thanks to Mabel Smithies and helpers for the arrangements.In the afternoon an invited group of bellringers from across the region rang the peal 'London Royal'.

The 40s night arranged for Saturday May 21 in the Parochial Hall has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Any queries regarding this please Tel. 01484 844485.


At the Milnsbridge Christadelphian's on Sunday May at 6pm, Paul Rose presided, when Tim Hemingray from Middlesbrough gave an audio visual presentation entitled The Jews – Proof That God Exists.

On Tuesday morning the popular coffee morning reading group met to read and discuss the Bible readings for the day – Deuteronomy chapter 27, The Song of Solomon chapter 7 & The Acts of the Apostles chapters 23 & 24. This was led by Andrew Walker from Doncaster. The next coffee morning reading group will be at 10.30am on Tuesday May 24.

On Wednesday evening Jonie Barrett led the daily readings discussion group. The subject at the Bible class next Wednesday at 7.30pm is The Lord’s Anointed.The seminar group met on Thursday evening at 7pm, led by Paul Rose and continued with their detailed study of the book of Daniel.

Today, Saturday, at 4pm, Professor Martin Hughes gave a intriguing talk, entitled Conkers, A British General in a lead coffin, Oranges, Y Chromosomes and The Return of the Jews to their Land. Anyone who missed this exciting talk is most welcome to join Professor Hughes on Sunday May 15 at 6pm, for his talk on ‘Bible health laws, amazingly ahead of their time.’


A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, when menu was Yorkshire pudding, sausage and mash, potatoes, carrots and cauliflower, mandarin trifle, syrup sponge, apple crumble, kiwi and grape lemon tart, tea or coffee. Organised by Linda Murray, assisted by ladies of the church.

Huddersfield Young Singers Junior Choir and Little Voices presented a concert on Saturday afternoon at Parkwood Methodist Church. Conducted by Joe and James Lewis, also James and Jonathan on the piano, followed by afternoon tea in the schoolroom.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a communion service on Sunday morning at Parkwood Methodist Church. Guest preacher was Rev Bob Warwicker. Bible reader was Ann Ivy, communion stewards were Renee Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth. Organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service plus reports at an annual church meeting. Leader Rev Pam Ward assisted by Sandra McSweeney.

Golcar Lily Weekend at Parkwood Methodist Church, today open from 10am-4.30pm with displays on story telling, Klonky band, art exhibition by Beech School children, refreshments, hot beef tea cakes and cream teas. Courtesy bus available. Sunday morning service 10.45am, preacher Deacon Jill Atkinson-Heck.


At St James Parish Church Mother's Union, after a short service led by Patricia Parkinson, branch leader, the speaker was the Rev Mike Smith, who gave us an insight into various translations of the bible and bringing some other stories up to date. He is also a collector of artefacts, bringing coins, small tools and a small oil lamp from the time of Jesus and a huge nail from a sailing vessel. He had also made a small model of a fisherman's boat. There was time for questions, then during cuppa time a small business meeting was held. Thanked by Patricia, Rev Mike was also the organist.

Posh frocks and hats adorned the ladies of Slaithwaite Good companions as they celebrated the Royal wedding with a special lunch. This was followed by entertainment by Slaithwaite Methodist Choir, led by choir mistress Wendy Redfearn. She's also a bit of a comedian, with a host of jokes and tales. The choir starting with the song As Long as I have Music"was followed by other songs and some that we could take part in. Marjorie Crowther gave a selection of poems including Sheep Dog Trials in Hyde Park by C Day Lewis. Maureen Weaving read a poem The Royal Wedding this was written about the Queen Mother and her life. Three tales written by Gervase Phinn and humorously performed by Shirley Scott and Linda Hanson. Maureen played for the club song and grace before lunch and Patricia Parkinson gave the thanks afterwards. Margaret Stevenson was the accompanist for the choir and Hilda Haigh thanked them for helping us to enjoy such a memorable occasion.

St James Parish Church service of Holy Communion and Family Praise was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton and Jeanette Seed, the layreader. Hannah Parkinson asked: Did we see the hidden image of Christ?. Prayers of confession were led by Alison and Simon Parkinson. Around the church were footprints, these were collected by the congregation and laid as the Walk to Emmaus, as read in Luke chapter 24. This was the address given by Simon Parkinson of Jesus appearing to two disciples, and walking alongside of them and recognised. Simon spoke of our belief and inviting Jesus to walk at our side and in his care. Prayers were led by Sarah Brown. We sang rousing hymns to the music so well played by Alvy Whitehead. It was a joyous service.

Mr Peter Hirst of Marsden led the morning service at Slathwaite Methodist on Sunday. Marjory Crowther read from Acts and Hilton Crowther from Luke. Peter spoke firstly on Christian forgiveness and he referred back to the events of 9/11 and then to the passage from Luke of the meeting on the Emmaus Road. The organist was Roger Mitchell.

The Bible Study group met Monday evening and was led by Gordon Ellis. Members read Chapter 11 of Johns Gospel and Corinthians Chapter 15 after which they discussed death and resurrection.

Women's’ Followship enjoyed a musical afternoon on Tuesday when Margaret Laycock of Golcar entertained with the story of her life in music which included songs made famous by Gracie Fields, trying to get through to British Gas in the form of an Anglican Chant and a setting of the Lord’s Prayers, the music for which she had written herself. Maureen Weaving was in chair, read two poems and led prayer as well as accompanying the hymn. Tea and cakes were served by the rota ladies.