St John’s Church was the venue on March 25, 26, and 27 for the pantomime Trust Us We’re Angels, written, produced and directed by Sue Star and Margaret Laycock. Performed by the St John’s Players, a cast of 20 adults and nine children, sang, danced and faced challenges when God created the wold. Creation had been a strenuous time and the angels were determined to get one day a week off work and have tea breaks. The best stories from the Old Testament were re-told with fun and humour. Musicians were piano Anne Norton, clarinet Gail Smith, saxophone and flute Judith Cruckshank and percussion Sandra Quarmby.

The Rev Cannon Martin Crompton welcomed the congregation and Mr and Mrs Martin Payne from the Bible Reading Fellowship to the Palm Sunday Family communion service at St John’s Church. The Rev Brenda Mitchell was the celebrant for Holy Communion and Ginny Crompton gave the gospel reading. The triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, on which Martin Payne based his address, saying what an upside down and topsy turvy week it was. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth shared the service waving palms when Jesus entered Jerusalem then the sadness of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday and the resurrection. Richard Lodge gave the intercession prayers and Ann Norton was organist. The Rev Brenda Mitchell and Kathryn Sykes led a Taize service in the evening.

Members of Golcar Providence Friendship Group visited the Golcar Lily restaurant for a bar meal. Arrangements had been made by the secretary, Gillian Beever. On Sunday morning members visited the Hope Chapel at HRI for the early morning service, led by the Rev Pam Ward. Nancy Meadows read the lesson and Frank Meadows was the pianist.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Golcar Providence Church the Rev Pam Ward led morning worship. Lessons were read by Barbara Brook and Gillian Beever. Palm crosses were given out to the congregation, and Margaret Israel was the organist. Tea was served in the schoolroom to about 80 people and three former ministers were present. The Rev Betty Tompkins, the Rev Richard and Sandra Oldroyd and Deacon Chris and Sylvia Daniels. The celebrations continued after tea with the orchestra from Gledholt Methodist Church providing the music before the evening service commenced, which was led by the Rev Pam Ward, Prayers were said by Connie Pearson from the Baptist Church, Stewart Coupland from Providence and readings were by a representative from Huddersfield East Circuit, and Jeremy Cuss from Golcar St John’s. The augmented choir sang God So Loved the World from Crucifixion conducted by Margaret Laycock. The Rev Peter Whittaker, West Yorkshire Methodist Church district chairman, gave the address. Organist was Chris Pearson.

Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson. Organist was Calinda Stockhill and pianist was Chris Woodhead. Coffee was served in the lounge afterwards.


The Palm Sunday Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by members of the choir and took the form of Songs of Praise. The hymns were all chosen by members of the congregation. Peggy MacKay opened the worship, and was followed by Henry Tennant. Henry read from Mark 11 v 1-10 – The story of Palm Sunday. Sunday School pupil, 11-year-old Janie Bamforth led the choir in the singing of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross to the tune Morte Christi, which was chosen by the organist Linda Nuttall. Other members of the choir who took part were Jenny Hill – who also read God is Working his Purpose Out. Margaret Moriarty read a prayer by Virginia Borman Grimmer and Margaret Tennant read The Donkey by G K Chesterton. The Sunday School teachers were Diane Loftus and Andrea Morley and Mr Peter Stead operated the AV equipment. Coffee and hot cross buns were service after the service.

Easter Sunday morning’s service tomorrow at 10:30am will be led by Rev Jo Archer-Siddall and will include Holy Communion – come and be welcome.

Morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Sheila Bottomley and Margaret McQuillan. The Passion reading was by the Rev Julian Perkins, the Rev Jenni Honeyman and members of the congregation. Organist was Derek Horne.

The evening service was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman, who also read a lesson and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Margaret McQuillan and Ann Leigh preached and prayed. The organist was Rhona Jepson.


Sung Eucharist on Palm Sunday morning at St Mark’s Church was led by parish priest the Rev Tina Turner with Philip Turner on the organ. The service began with the clergy processing together with the choir, Acolytes Freya and Emily and some members of the congregation walking, while singing the first hymn “All Glory Laud and Honour”, as they paraded once round outside the church before returning inside to continue the service. As the congregation arrived they were greeted by Grace and Rosie Turner who presented palm crosses to everyone. These crosses were held aloft while Tina prayed and blessed the palms. She then explained the forthcoming Holy Week church activities which include

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