Members of Crosland Moor Mothers’ Union celebrated Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel of St Barnabas’ Church. The celebrant was the Rev Jenni Honeyman, assisted by Andrea Rattigan, who also read the lessons. Afterwards in the parish hall the members held their monthly meeting, chaired by the branch leader Joyce Holdsworth who, after a short business meeting, introduced the speaker Stuart Dickie who is a churchwarden at St Barnabas’ Church. Mr Dickie spoke about hisŠvoluntary work on the South Kirklees Youth Offending Team, where he chairs the meetings of the community panel volunteers who organise the community work given to young offenders. Mr Dickie was thanked by Mrs Holdsworth for his interesting and informative talk. The hostesses for the morning were Valerie Donoghue and Mavis Armitage.


Sunday Morning Family service at Providence Methodist Church was led by the Rev Pam Ward. Her theme was Heroes. Mrs N Meadows and Mr I Day read the lessons. During the service the Rev Pam Ward christened Daisy, daughter of Mr and Mrs S Walsh. Ladies from the Friendship Group served coffee after the service.

The curate the Rev Harry Gywnett welcomed the congregation to the second Sunday of Easter services at St John’s Church, led the service and was celebrant. The first reading from Acts 2, 14 verses 21-23 was given by Pamela Gillet and Andrew France gave a second reading from 1 Peter 1 verses 39. Harry based his address around the gospel reading from John 20, verses 19-30: Jesus appeared to his disciples and to Thomas. Sunday Club followed the gospel story and made models illustrating the quotation, ‘Knock and it shall be open unto you’. The organist was Ann Norton.


Morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Mr Raymond Brook. Prior to leaving for Junior Church with their leaders Diane Loftus and Sue Howard the young people listened to Mr Brook’s talk about how foodstuffs are changed from their original form to create something new and better, likening it to how Christ changed in the days before his crucifixion. Mr Brook made good use of the audio visual equipment, reading from Psalm 16 – A song of David – with the congregation joining in. The second reading was by Ian Baxter and was from John 20 v 19-31 – Jesus appears to his disciples – from which Raymond based his sermon entitled Peace be with You. Mr Peter Stead operated the audio visual equipment and Mr Rodney Pearson was the organist.

At Junior Church the children from Linthwaite Methodist rehearsed for the 198th Sunday School Anniversary which will be held tomorrow at 10.30am during which they will play a prominent part.

At Christ Church an all-age Eucharist service was led by the Rev Stephen Henry who celebrated Holy Communion, preached and prayed and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Russell Whatham and pianist was Katherine Longbottom. Evening service was led by Margaret McQuillan who read a lesson, preached and prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Derek Horn and organist was Rhona Jepson.


The sung Eucharistic Service on Low Sunday morning at St Mark’s Church was led by guest celebrant the Rev Janet Sargent, who read, for the first time of asking, wedding banns for James Liam Brooke and Beckie-Jade Deamer. The first hymn Guide Me O Though Great Redeemer was followed by opening prayers and prayers of preparation and penitence. The organist was Philip Turner. Bible readings, from Acts and Peter, were by Judith Pearson and Mark Gregory. Janet read the Gospel and then delivered her sermon, based on the Gospel with explanations about Peter being the Rock. She also produced some bluebell bulbs, remarking about flowers which they would eventually bloom after replanting. Intercession prayers were prepared and read by David Verlander. The young church, from Sunday school, with leaders Joan Morton and Charles Ross, joined the service to share in The Peace, which was followed with the hymn Come Ye Faithful During Communion Janet was assisted by Pat Jessop as server. The final hymn Jerusalem prompted Janet to congratulate Philip on his choice of hymns including three of which were part of the recent Royal wedding celebrations. Before closing the service and giving the final blessing, Janet invited the children to come forward and tell the story of their Easter Banner which had been omitted from the Easter Sunday service. Following the service next Sunday there will be a second Vision Meeting about the future of St Mark’s with refreshments. A forthcoming visit to the Holy Land, planned for 2012, will be discussed at a meeting at St. John’s Church, Golcar on May 9. All are welcome. A good-as-new and jumble sale will be held at the parish and community centre on Saturday May 21 10am until noon. Today the LVG coffee morning will be held in the mechanics hall. Next Saturday, May Saturday, is Golcar Lily Day and on May 21 a community breakfast will be served at Parkwood Methodist Church.


Last Sunday’s service at the United Church was led by the Rev Mike Smith. The theme running through the service was based on the disciple Thomas and covered evidence and commitment. The organ was played by Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshments were served after the service by members of the congregation Ruth, Jenny, Maureen and Carrie. Next week’s service at 10.30am will be led by Francis Horton. Junior Church groups start again on the May 8 at 10.15am.

The Rejoice Garden Group are holding a coffee morning in memory of Alan Burns at The United Church, Marsden on Saturday, May 7, 9.30am to noon with cake and plant stalls – all proceeds for the Holme Valley and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Teams. Little People Praise yesterday was at the United Church Marsden – a short service for little people and their carers. It was a time of laughter, fun, storytelling 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’.

The Family Service on Sunday at St Bartholomew’s Church was arranged and led by the Family Worship Group, Samantha and Simon Crook and Alison Gibson. The vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside gave the greeting and the children lit their candle. The reading was by Sharon Turner. The team gave illustrated talks about the needs of man both physically and spiritually. The Gloria was sung by the junior choir directed by Simon. Geoffrey Holroyd offered prayers. Ian Hunt was the organist. Sidesmen were Kevin and Pat Purcell. Coffee was served by Jean Pennington, Joan Ladbrooke and Mary Horn. A service of Holy Communion was then held in the Lady Chapel. On Tuesday morning at 9.30am there was a service of Morning Prayer. Tomorrow is the celebration of the centenary of the completion of the building of the Tower and Baptistery. The Bishop of Pontefract, the Rt Rev Tony Robinson, will lead the Eucharist service at 9.30am at which he will also confirm members of the congregation. Afterwards there will be a faith lunch in the Parochial Hall. On Saturday May 21 the Operatic Society is holding a 40s' Night in the hall featuring dance and music from that era. Tickets £10 including hot supper, from Duncan's Hairdresser, Warehouse Hill, Marsden.


At the Milnsbridge Christadelphian's on Sunday May 1, following a family tea, David McEvoy presided at the evening lecture and Pete Barrett spoke on Increasing Troubles and the Return of Jesus. The Sisters class met on Tuesday evening when Margaret Stevenson presided and several of the sisters gave short talks on some of the parables of Jesus. This was followed by tea and biscuits. At the Bible class on Wednesday evening, Pete Barrett presided and Roger Eglin from Halifax looked at the subject Good King Hezekiah.

Tomorrow at 6pm, the lecture title is The Jews, Proof that God Exists. Visitors are welcome. A special talk is to be held next Saturday at 4pm given by Prof Martin Hughes on the subject: Conkers, a British General in a Lead Coffin, Oranges, Y Chromosomes and the Return of the Jews to their Land.”


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting took place at Parkwood Methodist Church with guest speaker Mrs Lorna McDonald on Life in India 1950s to 60s. In the chair was Jean Johnson, pianist Kenneth Rothery, refreshments Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers. Secretary was Freda Lloyd. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to the church anniversary service on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was the Rev John Harry from Leamington Spa. The choir sang an anthem Ave Maria conducted by Gareth Beaumont. Organist was Kenneth Rothery. A faith lunch was held after the service. Huddersfield Young Singers Junior Choir and Little Voices present a concert at Parkwood Methodist Church, Longwood, today, at 3pm. Admission, £5, includes afternoon tea.


At Slaithwaite Good Companions, Pauline Ayre introduced speaker Alan Marchington, who talked on Pottery, giving a short history and bringing various clays and demonstrating how to decorate tiles using slip and giving members the opportunity to have a go. He was thanked by Margaret Cook for a happy, hands on, afternoon, Pauline Ayre was the pianist.

St James’ Parish Church family service was conducted by the Rev Robin Townsend. The lesson from John chapter 20, Jesus and Thomas, was read by Elaine Bradley, and this was the theme of the address by the Rev Robin, who also led the prayers. Organist was Clive Pearson. Sherry and cake was served afterwards to celebrate the Royal Wedding, then a short service of Holy Communion was celebrated.

Member and friends of Slaithwaite Methodist Film Night met together to watch Rosamund Piltcher’s film The Shellseekers starring Angela Landsbury. The evening was arranged by Jennifer Twycross.

Sunday morning worship was led by David Harris of the Huddersfield Methodist Mission. The service included the baptism of Kiegan Jack Avison, who was supported by not only his parents and godparents but by a great number of family and friends. Pauline Gee read the Bible passage of Jesus’ Love for little children and Betty Robshaw read the story of Doubting Thomas from John’s Gospel. It was words from this passage that David used as his theme for his talk. It was a joyous service as Kiegan was welcomed into the church by the cradle roll secretary Hilary Ellis. The organist was Shirley Scott.