Lily day events at Providence Methodist Church included: choirs, orchestra, drummers and a brass band. Refreshments were served throughout the day. The Shepherd and His Flock was the theme at the morning service at Providence Methodist Church, The Rev Pam Ward led the service which included Holy Communion. Mrs Janice Swallow and Mrs Barbara Armitage read lessons and David Hollingworth was the organist. The fourth revival of Golcar Sing was held in the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon due to the weather. Mr S. Culpan was the compère and Mr A Baxter conducted the Huddersfield Wind Band, who played for the hymn singing. Mr M Fairless conducted the 40 plus strong choir in choruses from the Messiah, accompanied by Mr G Marsden on the organ. Joan Morton gave a talk on her life in Golcar and on receiving an MBE. Thanks were given by Mr Culpan to all who had made the Lily Day and Sing such a success.

The monthly meeting of the Mothers’ Union was held in the community room at St John’s Church on May 10. Sheila Ribbons opened the meeting with prayers and welcomed Gini Crompton who spoke with enthusiasm about her recent visit to Mara, also showing some beautiful slides of the scenery the children at school. The supper ladies were Marjorie Harrison and Margaret Gledhill.

As part of the celebrations of Golcar Lily weekend St John’s Church was opened from 10.30am until 4pm serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. Entertainment in church was provided by Golcar Junior and Infant School Choir, Mo Scott singer and Rod Sinclair guitarist, Golcar Valley Male Voice Choir with Colne Valley Boys, Marsh Ladies Choir and Kirklees Jazz Orchestra.

The curate the Rev Harry Gwinnett was the celebrant and led the parish communion service at St John’s Church. The readings were given by Sue Bolder and Gini Crompton. Harry gave the gospel reading from John 10, 1-10, the Shepherd and his Flock and in his address stressed the value of individuals having goals in both their church life and in their day-to-day activities. Prayers were led by Jeremy Cuss and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club had been doing some preparatory work ready for their presentation next Sunday and Sunday Youth had been talking about the importance of maintaining direct links between the various groups within the church and had made a paper chain to illustrate how their activities were interlinked.


Mr Ed Archer-Siddall opened the worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church, and in the young people’s address he posed the question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ linking it to Jesus not having the choice. The readings, read by Ed were from Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd), and John 10 1-21 ‘The Good Shepherd.’ The appointed preacher was Iain Spencer who picked up the theme of the ‘Shepherd’ and that we all play our part, in his sermon. The Sunday School leaders were Andrea Morley, Diane Loftus and Joanna Ambler, the organist was Linda Nuttall and Mairi MacKay operated the Audio Visual equipment.

Morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman who celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Dorothy Haley and Margaret McQuillan, Ann Leigh preached and prayed and the organist was Derek Horn. Evening service was led by Derek Horn and Margaret McQuillan who also read a lesson and gave a blessing. Ann Leigh read a lesson, preached an prayed and the organist was Rhona Jepson.


Sunday, May 15 service at the United Church was led by Junior Church members Owen, Emma, Jake, Ben, Katie and their leaders Jez and Carrie Hackett. The theme of the service was Christian Aid. The young people spoke of the everyday things we take for granted, that are lacking in many parts of the world. All the young people had written prayers. Emma read a report on two children that had survived malaria and how Christian Aid had helped them. All the congregation received a small flag representing a country that Christian Aid helps and Owen asked them to pray for that country during Christian Aid week (May 15-21). Rachel Hemingway gave the readings. Music was led by Matt and Jez. Refreshments were served after the service by Ruth and Edward Sheldrake and the donations given to Christian Aid.

There will be a Coffee Morning for Christian Aid on Saturday, May 21 at 9.30 to 11.30am at the United Church Marsden - If you have an envelope that has not been collected, please bring it along to the Coffee Morning.

Holy Communion at St.Bartholomew’s was led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside. Carolyn Hansom gave the readings and the Gospel was read by Joan Biggs, Licensed Reader. The vicar gave a talk for the children about last Sunday’s celebrations and confirmation and preached the sermon. Julie Corps offered prayers of intercession. The sidesmen were Joan Ladbrooke, Jean Pennington and Mary Horn. Coffee was served in the Hall by David Corps, Stuart Clark and Richard Webb. There was a service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel on Tuesday morning.

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At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Sunday evening Andrew Wilkinson presided. The speaker Professor Martin Hughes from Watford gave a very interesting talk entitled ‘Bible health laws – amazingly ahead of their time.’ This considered many historical events and statistics and looking at various quotations from the Old Testament, told of the Mosaic laws given to Moses, which outlined the basic principles of sanitation, isolation, quarantine and also food laws, which were amazingly ahead of their time!

On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm the sisters class met when Sandra Moulson presided and the speaker Pat Charlesworth did a study on Rahab taken from events recorded in the book of Joshua.

At the Bible class on Wednesday at 7.30 Kevin Waterhouse presided and Andrew Brown from Halifax gave a talk entitled ‘The Lord’s Anointed.’ Next Wednesday May 25 the subject is ‘The Temple of God.’

Martin Spencer led the discussion at the Bible seminar group, which meets every Thursday evening at 7pm.

On Sunday at 6pm the subject at the evening lecture will be ‘The whole Bible and nothing but’. Visitors as always are most welcome.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon annual general meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church, organised by Freda Lloyd, in the chair Jean Johnson, pianist Kenneth Rothery, refreshments Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers. Parkwood Methodist Church took part in the Golcar Lily weekend with window displays in the church on story telling. Musical entertainment on Saturday afternoon with the Klonky Band, an art exhibition by Beech school children, and refreshments all day and tombola stalls in Golcar village.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning for a Christian Aid service by Deacon Jill Atkinson-Heck. Bible reader was Sheila Swain, organist Rhianydd Booth, visual aids Joe Lloyd. In the school room, there was a messy church for children organised by Rev Pam Ward, John Hattam and David Harries. Coffee was served after the service. Also a buffet lunch was served for church members in the lower Colne Valley before taking part in a sponsored walk down the valley from Parkwood Methodist Church to St Thomas’ Church on Manchester Road. Organised by Arthur Preston. Refreshments organised by Jean Johnson and ladies of the church from Parkwood Methodist Church.


Sunday morning worship at the Methodist church was led by Mr David Brook of Crosland Moor. David based his sermon on a reading from the first letter of Peter by Pauline Gee and verses from John’s Gospel by Wendy Redfearn on the theme Sheep and Shepherds. The hymns were accompanied byRachel Wybrew on violin.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer committee met on Monday afternoon for the AGM. Wendy Blackburn welcomed Rev Jo Archer Siddal and members and opened the meeting with prayer. The minutes were read and adopted followed by discussion on this year’s service at St Bartholomew’s church Marsden. The officials remained the same as last year: Chairman Wendy Blackburn, vice chair Joan Biggs, and secretary-treasurer Betty Robshaw, assisted by Bessie Whitwam. The treasurer gave the financial report, the ecumenical services are left in the hands of the Rev Jo Archer-Siddal. Next year’s service is written by the women of Malaysia and will take place at Linthwaite Methodist Church.

At Slaithwaite Good Companions, Hilary Ellis introduced the speaker, the Rev Jo Archer-Siddal who invited all to the take part in What would you like to be when you grow up and did you achieve your ambition? She was thanked by Margaret Sturdy and the pianist was Maureen Weaving.

Holy Communion service at St James Parish Church was led by the Rev Robin Townsend assisted by Raymond Denton. The lesson from John Chapter 10, Jesus and the Good Shepherd was read by Alison Parkinson, the address by the Rev Robin, The Church belongs to the Shepherd and the Shepherd gives life to the Church. Prayers were led by Margaret Ingham and the pianist was Alvi Whitehead. After the short coffee break the church annual general meeting was held, led by the Rev Robin. Jean Clayton and Raymond Denton continue as the church wardens and Margaret Warren as treasurer and all other positions were filled. Reports were given by the Sunday School Mothers Union, Pastoral, Fabric and the Friendship Club. The vicar thanked everyone for their commitment and support.

St James’ Church is having an afternoon tea with a talk on the Bronte’s by Pat Osborne. Pat is also a great knitter. The event starts at 2pm on Saturday June 4 and costs £2.50. The previous talk was on ancestry.co.uk and was well attended and very interesting. Anyone wanting to ho along should contact Heather on 07748 816288.