St. Barnabas’ Church Choir from Crosland Moor was successful in winning two classes in the Wharfedale Music Festival in Ilkley. In the Church Choir Class they sang the set hymn Praise My Soul The King of Heaven by Henry Francis Lyte and their own choice anthem O Saviour Of The World, by John Goss. The choir retained the Church Choir Shield for this. In the John Rutter class the choir sang two own choice pieces, Look At The World and The Lord Bless You And Keep You. Certificates were awarded for both classes.The choir director and conductor was Tim Wilkes.
Morning worship at Providence Methodist Church was an own arrangement service. The theme was Caring & Sharing. Mrs C Heeley led the service helped by Miss W Ellis, Mrs S Pearson and members of the congregation. Mrs J Swallow read a lesson. The Junior Church members led by Mrs G Beevers talked about Daniel in the Lion’s den. Mrs M Israel was the organist. Refreshments and Fellowship continued afterwards in the schoolroom.
The Vicar, the Rev Canon Martin Crompton was the celebrant at the family communion service at St John’s Church, which included the annual Sunday Club prizegiving. The Gospel reading from Matthew 18 vs 10-14, was given by Pat Hanson and Christopher Bamford told the story of the lost sheep with the help of some lively action by Sunday Club members in their roles of Shepherd and Lost Sheep. Sunday Youth members took the collection and prayers were led by the Sunday Club. Marlene Wimpenny presented prizes to 39 Sunday Club and Sunday Youth members and thanked Gaynor Sykes and her team of helpers and parents, who supported their activities and in her talk Gaynor said how much she enjoyed working with the children who represented the potential strength of the church in the years to come. Ann Norton was the pianist.
Morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Jenni Honeymann who preached and prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by David Hyde and Margaret McQuillan and the organist was Derek Horne. Evening service was led by Derek Horne and Ann Leigh, who preached and prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and the organist was Rhona Jepson. There will be a coffee morning and book sale on Saturday, June 4, from 10am-noon in the church.
Morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was designated an Own Arrangement and was led by Ali Baxter. The theme of the service was Jesus as the Cornerstone, and prior to leaving for Junior Church the children built a tower as an example of buildings and people needing a firm base. The readers were Jenny Sutherland and Diane Loftus, Linda Nuttall was the organist and Mr Peter Stead operated the AV. As usual the young people left the service midway to go to Junior Church with their leaders Diane Loftus, Joanna Ambler and Andrea Morley.
The service next week will be held jointly with friends from Slaithwaite Methodist Church at Marsden URC. The next Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church will be on June 5 at 10.30am and will be led by Mrs Jean Barraclough.
On the fifth Sunday morning after Easter, St Mark’s Church celebrated with a Family worship service led by church family member Judith Pearson. The format was similar to the monthly Family service, using the power point system and large screen, but without Communion. Another difference was the absence of any live musical accompaniment as this was provided from a specially recorded CD prepared by curate Rev Harry Gwinnett. Prior to the service the CD produced welcoming music including Now Is The Time To Worship. Judith continued with a call to worship and introduced the first song Give Me Oil In My Lamp. There followed an introduction about Christian Aid Week, and a short prayer led to He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands. The Gospel from Matthew was read by Joan Morton. Harry talked about being part of a team and introduced a DVD from the Christian Aid charity. Intercession prayers were presented by David Verlander then Harry proclaimed the ‘sharing of the peace’. When I Needed A Neighbour was sung, followed by Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart. To close the service Judith gave the acclamation and final dismissal.
Following the service Harry invited the congregation to stay behind and watch a short DVD about the New Wine group and what it entails. This being the very first service with this format it was realised afterwards that there was no music to follow the dismissal.
On Sunday, May 22 the service at the United Church Marsden was led by Raymond Brook and had the theme of 'Lay down your life'. The readers were Peter Hirst and Margaret Casson. The organ was played by Marjorie Boothroyd. Junior Church continued with the theme of Christian Aid, learning about the countries that Christian Aid work in and plotting them on a world map. Refreshments were served after the service by Jean Broome and Joyce Clapperton.
Sunday Service at St Bartholomew’s was Holy Communion led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside. The church is pleased to announce that after a break it now has a full team of bell-ringers and the bells are rung each Sunday before the service. ETHOS from St. Thomas's Church, Longroyd Bridge, were welcomed and they led the music worship. Before the service the organ was played by Dennis Brook. Lessons were read by Margaret O'Connor and the Gospel was read by Joan Biggs, Licensed Reader. Prayers of intercession were offered by Alison Fisher. Sidesmen were Jean Pennington and David Fisher. Coffee was served by Joan Bradbury, Susan Everill, Evelyn Laidlaw and Glenys Ward.There is a service of Communion in the Lady Chapel each Tuesday at 9.30am.
On Thursday June 2 there will be an Ascension Day Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm. On Saturday June 4, there will be a coffee morning in the hall from 10am to noon and there will also be a book stall. On Thursday June 16 Ascot Ladies Day will be celebrated at The Hey Green Hotel. Tickets £35 includes glass of bubbly and canapes on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea. All the races are on big screen, and there will be an auction and fashion show. For tickets ring 647815.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphian's on Sunday evening David McEvoy presided at the lecture. The speaker Andrew Pearce from Shirley Birmingham gave a presentation entitled The Whole Bible and Nothing but!’– looking at the worlds best selling book of all time, The Bible.
The popular coffee morning reading group met at 10.30am on Tuesday to read and discuss the Bible readings for the day. This was led by Andrew Walker, of Doncaster.
On Wednesday at 7.30pm Martin Spencer presided at the Bible class. The speaker Stephen Sykes gave the Bible talk – The Day of the Lord from Zephaniah.”
The Thursday evening seminar group will meet again on Thursday June 9, to study the Epistle of James. On Sunday at 6pm, the subject for the evening lecture will be Why are You so Fearful?” Visitors are most welcome.
A coach trip outing to the Yorkshire Dales for Monday Club members at St Mark’s Church, Longwood and friends was organised by Dorothy Heads with a lunch at the Sportsman Inn at Pateley Bridge. A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, menu Cottage Pie, roast potatoes, mushy peas, fresh cream and strawberry cake, rhubarb crumble, syrup sponge, apple and blackberry crumble, served with custard or cream, tea or coffee. Organised by Sheila Swain and Robin Whittam, assisted by ladies of the church. Proceeds from the lunch were being donated to Christian Aid.
A community breakfast was held on Saturday morning at Parkwood Methodist church organised by Elaine Oldham assisted by Reene Wyatt and Jean Johnson. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning, preacher DAvid Harris, church life coordinator, Bible reader Robin Whittam, pianist Kenneth Rothery, visual aids Joe Lloyd. Coffee was served after the service by Christine Johnson and Margaret Noble.
Last Thursday, Slaithwaite Good companions met, introduced by Margaret Cook, the entertainers Lanky Plus, four gents, Tony, Peter, Stuart and Charlie, members of Colne Valley and Saddleworth Male Voice Choirs, singing folk songs and sea shanties, many choruses for us to join in. Guitar, harmonica, ukulele, banjo and tambourine, the instruments they played. Another super afternoon. They were thanked by Hilda Haigh who said many of us has sung in choirs and thoroughly enjoyed their quirky songs. Margaret Cook was the pianist.
St James Parish Church Holy Communion service, led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The reading from Act chapter 7, relating to the story of Stephen, was read by Rev Robin and also the Holy Gospel John’s chapter 13 The Way to the Father, the address about Heroes and Super Heroes, in Biblical times and also our time, Stephen was a man richly blessed by God and we gave much thought to the blessings we received. The prayers were also led by Rev Robin and the organist was Alvy Whitehead.
The monthly meeting of Slaithwaite WI met in the community centre on Wednesday evening. Jane Barff was in the chair and introduced the speaker Judith Kaye. Her talk was on Strange Laws from Around the World, some of which caused great amusement to the group. She was thanked by Wendy Blackburn. The competition for holiday souvenir was won by Lucie Fleming with an African Wooden Carving.
The May Ecumenical service was held at the Holy Family Church and was led by Deacon Andrew Phillips. Anne Leigh read verses from John’s First Letter to Fellow Christians as he recounts what had been seen and heard at Easter. Prayers were said for the communities of the Colne Valley and refreshments were served by the ladies of the church.
On Saturday morning the annual plant sale was held at the Methodist Church and was well attended. There was also a cake stall and the splendid total of £720 was raised. Grateful thanks were expressed in church to all who had contributed in any way, but Wendy Blackburn said special thanks were due to Barbara Svensguard for her work over the past 12 months.
The Rev Cyril Blount led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. He first asked the question Why we thought the Jewish priest had past by the wounded man in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Rev Blount reminded us it was Aldersgate Sunday and based his sermon on the resurrection and the conversion of John Wesley. The organist was Wendy Redfearn.