Members of the Association of Christian Fellowship met in the Parish Hall for their monthly meeting. The Leader Susan Tattersley opened the meeting with a poem about Friendship and welcomed a new member Joan Ware. After a short business session, she then introduced the speaker Mrs A Greenwood who spoke about her life on the Shetland Islands where she was born and lived until her marriage. Mrs Greenwood was Šaccompanied by her husband who showed films of the Shetland Islands. The vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Greenwood was proposed by Elaine Broadley and the hostesses were Mavis Armitage, Anne Harris and Dorothy Nixon.


The Rev Harry Gwinnett led the parish communion service at St John’s Church and was the celebrant. The readings from the Old Testament, Jonah 3 verses 10 and 4, verses 1-11 was given by Anne Crosland and Sylvia Hanson gave the second reading from Philippians 1, verses 21-30. The gospel reading from Matthew 20, verses 1-16, the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, was given by Harry and in her address Helen Bentley spoke of the need for sharing what we have with others. Betty Taylor led the prayers and the organist was Ann Norton. Sunday Club had been talking about caring for others and Sunday Youth had been following up the story of Jonah and the city of Nineveh.

S Culpan welcomed Christine Heeley who led an own arrangement service at Providence Methodist Church. Christine talked about The Power of Prayer. Bev Fox read the lesson and Winifred Ellis and Nancy Meadows led the prayers. Margaret Israel played the organ. Fellowship continued in the schoolroom after the service.

A coffee and prayer morning will be held on Saturday, October 1, 10am to noon. All welcome.

The service at Golcar Baptist Church on Sunday was led by the Rev Chris Thompson and included Communion. Deacon servers were David Howard and Connie Pearson. The community cafe at the church will be open every Saturday throughout October serving tea, coffee and light lunches.


Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated morning worship, led by Mr David Spencer, and the readers were Andy Rushby, Hilary Baxter and Margaret Moriarty. Mr Spencer told the young people about other countries in the world, specifying Russia in particular, where people don’t have easy access to the Christian faith. The children then left the service with their leaders Ed Archer-Siddall, Diane Loftus, Andrea Morley and Joanna Ambler to go to Junior Church. David based his sermon on the reading from Matthew 20 v1-16 – ‘The parable of the workers in the vineyard.’ Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist and Mr Peter Stead, assisted by William Morrison operated the audio visual equipment.

Linthwaite Methodist Thursday Fellowship invites old and new members to their next meeting at 2.30pm on Thursday September 29 in the Church Centre, Stones Lane, when the speaker will be Mr David Harris on the subject of My Generation.

At Christ Church the morning service was led by the Rev Michael Dodd who preached and prayed, celebrated Holy Communion, gave a blessing and talked to the junior church children. Lessons were read by David Cartwright and Margaret McQuillan and the organist was Derek Horne. A Said Evensong Service was led by Derek Horne and lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan.

Rodney Pearson will give a piano and organ recital in the Methodist Church Centre on Saturday October 1. The evening will start with a Harvest tea at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. There will be no specific charge for entry, but donations on the night for church funds will be gratefully received.

Linthwaite Methodist Church’s Harvest festival service will be held on Sunday October 9 at 10.30am, led by Elaine Nixon. This will be followed by a harvest lunch.

Two vans have been stolen from Linthwaite. On Wednesday September 7, a blue VW Transporter van registration D346 MGS went missing and then, on Tuesday September 13 and white Transit van registration E750 CDP was stolen.


On the 13th Sunday morning after Trinity at St Mark’s Church, the Sung Eucharist morning service was led by guest celebrant, the Rev Stephen Henry, with music provided by organist Philip Turner and the choir. The opening hymn Holy Holy Holy was followed with prayers for Penitence and Forgiveness and then the Absolution. The Gloria and Collect prefaced the second hymn, Alleluia Sing to Jesus. Stephen read the Gospel then followed with his sermon, which was based on part of the Gospel quoting “The last shall be first and the first will be last” into present day interpretation as people who have been down and out, when given a job usually find themselves back in the community. Intercession prayers were presented by Judith Pearson and followed with the Sharing of The Peace, at which time the service was joined by young ones from Sunday school with leaders Joan, Kay and Charles. The Lord’s Prayer was followed by Stephen breaking the bread and celebrating Communion, whilst Chris Jones assisted with wine as the server. Notices were read by David Verlander and included a reminder that next Sunday will be Back to Church Sunday and at St Mark’s it will be a non-Eucharistic Family Worship to which everyone will be welcome. The last hymn Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne led to the final blessing and dismissal.


All Age Communion was held at St Bartholomew’s on Sunday conducted by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside.Geoffrey Holroyd read the lesson from Jonah 3 and Philippians 1. Julie Corps offered prayers of intercession. Ian Hunt was the organist. Simon Crook directed the Junior Church Choir who sang the Gloria and the Agnus Dei. Sidesmen were Jean Pennington and Christine Garside.Coffee was served in the hall by Noreen Carr, Cynthia Batley and Audrey Armitage.

A service of Holy Communion on Tuesday was conducted by the Rev Stephen Henry. Services continue each Tuesday at 9.30am.

The Harvest Festival will be on October 2 at 10am.

On Marsden Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday October 8 and 9, the church will be open all day and refreshments served in the hall. Unity Voices will sing on Saturday at 2pm in church and in the evening there is a concert in the hall with one of UK’s most exciting exponents of Gypsy Jazz , Samuel C Lees, featuring Jennifer Lees. Tickets £9 available online or phone 01484 430528 or in person at LBT Theatre. Licensed bar and refreshments available.

Sunday (8th) is also the church Dedication Festival when there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am.

At the United Church Marsden on Sunday , the service was led by David Brook of Crosland Moor. The readings were from Matthew chapter 20 and Exodus chapter 16. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshments were served by Junior Church Leaders and Owen and Jake.


At Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Sunday evening meeting Kevin Waterhouse presided. The speaker Michael Smith from Cleckheaton gave a talk on ‘The hope of Israel.’

On Wednesday evening at the Bible class, Martin Spencer led the daily readings discussion group. The Bible readings studied were: 1 Chronicles chapter 4, Ezekiel chapter 17 and The Gospel of Luke, chapters 14 and 15.

Tomorrow, Sunday, at 6pm , the lecture subject will be ‘Israel –working out God’s purpose’. On Wednesday September 28 at 7.30pm, Pete Barrett is to give a talk based on Hebrews chapter 4 – ‘A rest for the people’. Visitors are most welcome to attend meetings and services.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. Guest speaker was Mr Stuart Gledhill with visual aids on a variety of subjects assisted by Joe Lloyd. In the chair was Jean Johnson and the pianist was Kenneth Rothery. Refreshments were by Barbara Beevers and Betty Sykes, and the secretary was Freda Lloyd. On Saturday morning a community breakfast was held at Parkwood Methodist Church, organised by Freda and Joe Lloyd. Also, an open house day was held by Naomi Sharp for church members and friends.

Phil McSweeney welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist on Sunday morning to a service by worship leaders Barbara Rushforth and Sandra McSweeney. The organist was Kenneth Rothery. In the schoolroom Mr Jeremy Hackett organised a messy church morning with the children, assisted by Parkwood members. Coffee was served after the service by Barbara Noble and Christine Johnson.

A day trip to Salford Keys on Monday was organised by Dorothy Heads for Churches Together to see the Lowry Gallery, Armouries Museum and the shopping precinct.


At the opening of Slaithwaite Good Companions meeting tribute was paid to a longstanding member, Hilda Barber who died a few days ago ages 95. Members remembered celebrating her 90th birthday and other happy times. Then Patricia Parkinson introduced speaker Brian Hebblethwaite, a retired magistrate and now one of 20 on the board of governors at the high security Wakefield Prison who spoke on what this entails. He looked at the prison’s history dating back to 1597 when it was a house of correction and in 1824 when quarter sessions came into being and annual reports by the independent monitoring board. At one time women were held in the prison. There is also a mulberry tree which is said the women exercised around and supposedly where the song came from. The tree is still there but now fenced in. There was time for questions and he was thanked by Pat and the pianist was Maureen Weaving.

St James Parish Church Holy Communion service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend assisted by Raymond Denton. The lesson from Philippians chapter 1 from verse 21 – To Live In Christ – was read by Raymond. The gospel was taken from Matthew, chapter 20, from verse 1– The Workers in the Vineyard – and the address was given by Simon Parkinson based on the first reading – Its Our Journey of Life. He said we choose and following a route and embrace life in the faith. Prayers were by the Rev Robin and the organist was Rodney Pearson.

The Women's Fellowship held their meeting on Tuesday last. Bessie Whitwam was in the chair and led prayers. She introduced Mr Mel Spedding who gave an amusing talk which he entitled Funny Things on the Way to Retirement, as he spoke of his life as a history teacher. Bessie gave thanks for his talk which was followed by tea and cake. Maureen Weaving was the pianist.

The Colne Valley Women's Day of Prayers committee held their Churches Together annual fundraiser for the Kirkwood Hospice on Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mary and Michael Castell of the Holy Family Church. A total of £252 was raised for the hospice. Sincere thanks from the committee to Mary and Michael and best wishes to Mary for a speedy recovery.

Church members and friends met for the film evening and enjoyed watched Walking with Lions which is the sequel to Born Free. The arrangements had been made by Hilary Turner.

The Rev Joe Archer-Siddal led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. It was a covenant service when members re-affirmed their faith. Muriel Morrison gave the gospel reading and the service included Holy Communion. The organist was Shirley Scott.