The church drama group hosted a Posh Frock afternoon tea at St John’s Church on Saturday. Guests responded well to the invitation to dress in style and Margaret Laycock provided musical entertainment on the piano. A total of £230 was raised to provide funds for a workshop for children in the group.
Curate, the Rev Brenda Mitchell welcomed the congregation at St John’s Church and led Sunday’s Communion service. The address was given by Canon Martyn Crompton and Helen Walinkse-Kiehl gave the readings. The organ and piano were played by Ann Norton and the Sunday Club demonstrated their newly-acquired skills in sign language.
A well-attended church seminar was held at Golcar Baptist Church on Saturday, led by Graham Brownlee of the Yorkshire Baptist Association. Discussion focused on the future of the church building and its usage.
Sunday morning service was conducted by Geoff Ramm, organist was Calinda Stockhill and pianist was Chris Woodhead. Readers were Connie Pearson and Mary Sykes. Mr Ramm gave the children’s address which took the form of a memory test with various items placed on a tray and then covered up!
A coffee morning was held on Saturday at Golcar Providence Church, organised by the church council. Stalls included cakes and books and there was also a raffle.
Sunday morning worship was led by the Rev Pam Ward, who welcomed visitors from Uganda. Lessons were read by Gwen Iredale and Janice Swallow and Margaret Israel was the organist. Lunches were served after the service, with the proceeds going to the Uganda Appeal.
The Mothers’ Union annual festival service took place at Christ Church Linthwaite on Tuesday morning. 80 members from other congregations attended. The speaker was the Rev Julian Perkins. Lessons were read by Shirley Haigh and Dorothy Haley. Prayers were led by Ann Leigh. Following the service a buffet tea was provided.
On Sunday morning the service was led by the Rev David Wilding who preached prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Russell Wattam and Margaret McQuillan.
In the evening the service was led by Rev Perkins who preached prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by the Rev Jenni Honeyman and Derek Horne. Organist at both services was Rhona Jepson.
Sunday morning service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by the Rev Colin Vere. Wendy Hallas read from the book of Psalms and Jennifer Baxter read from Romans. Linda Nuttall was the organist.
Colne Valley Music Centre Senior Strings and the Unity Singers will be performing together in Marsden Church on Wednesday July 16, 7pm. The concert is free to attend but there will be a raffle and refreshments on sale, all proceeds going to buy resources for Kate Morrison’s Russia trip. Kate of Linthwaite is busy buying craft materials and toys for her work with the orphanages in July andAugust. It will be good to see some familiar faces there at what will be an enjoyable evening of musical entertainment.
Linthwaite Methodist Church Sports Club is raising funds to build another two tennis courts and is holding a Promise and Gift Auction on Friday September 19 at the Rose and Crown at Cop Hill. Anyone who can support this by donating either a gift or a promise, should contact either Sarah Walker on 07930 655377 or Diane Loftus on 841999.
Sung Eucharist on the seventh Sunday morning after Trinity at St Mark’s Church, was led by Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt, assisted by his wife Carol as server during Communion. Prior to the first hymn, Jim rehearsed the less familiar Communion hymn You Laid Aside Your Majestyaccompanied by Philip Turner on the organ. Bible readings were by Andrew Littlewood (from Zachariah), and at short notice Judith Pearson read from Romans. For his sermon Rev Jim told how luggage often appeared to get heavier with time, and illustrated this with a carrier bag containing messages Wants, Guilt, Worries and Duty. Everybody has this kind of luggage, he said, and all can be helped to make them lighter and easier to carry by simply following Jesus’ advice of ‘Come to Me and your burden will be lighter.’ Jim continued to describe the usefulness of a yoke between two animals or two people to lighten their burdens. Intercession prayers were prepared and presented by Judith Pearson. Sunday school joined the congregation at The Peace with their leader Joan Morton MBE with her medal she received last Thursday, from Prince Charles. Before closing the service with a blessing, Jim read marriage banns for Warren and Janette for the final time of asking. Notices were for Monday Club and a forthcoming Fund-raising meeting.
On Sunday afternoon St Mark’s Church was host for a group from Holy Trinity Church, Ossett, for worship as part of their local walk and picnic. On the same afternoon St Mark’s Pathfinders were visiting local beauty spot Blake Lea. By a strange coincidence the group from Ossett met the Pathfinders during one of the heavy showers and everyone sought shelter under the Pathfinders’ gazebo.
The vicarage, on Sunday evening, was the venue for another St Mark’s event when the church wardens, their deputies, members of the PCC, their wives and partners met at the vicarage for a meal and discussion, hosted by the vicar Rev Jim Hunt and his wife Carol. The theme was an Indian meal. Carol dressed in a beautiful Indian dress and Jim in typical Indian baggy trousers and loose-fitting top, instead of his more usual dog-collar. A buffet style table for the starters which included a variety of chutneys, numerous bhajis and salads. The main course which followed consisted of pilau rice with vegetables or chicken, and various curry dishes. Afterwards there were informal discussions about future events at St Mark’s and a convivial evening was enjoyed by everyone.
The Hospice Support Group held a coffee morning on Saturday at the United Church, Marsden and raised £110. This weekend, members will be serving refreshments at the Marsden-based Bernadette Heys Dance School concert at Colne Valley High School today (Saturday) and Sunday.
Morning worship at the United Church, Marsden on Sunday was led by J Francis Horton. Reader was Jean Broome and organist Christine Gledhill. Welcomers were Kathleen Jackson and Maureen walker and flowers were provided by Margaret Starkey. Sunday will see the Junior Church anniversary service at 10.30am, which will be led by Iain Spencer and children. Refreshments after the service will be served by Kathleen Jackson, Maureen Walker and Jean Watson.
A farewell ceilidh for the Rev Sue Pegg was held at Marsden Conservative Club last night (Friday). The minister is to take up a new post in Market Weighton in August. She will be replaced by the Rev Joanne Archer-Sidall.
Sunday morning Family service at St Bartholomew’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay. Reader was Malcolm Whitehead and organist was Dennis Brook. Sidesmen were Dorothy Lodge and Jenny and Brian Mitchell. Junior church sang a new hymn – Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine – which they had leaned in Sunday school. Coffee was served afterwards by Mabel Smithies and Joan Gee.
Evening service was a Taize service with all members of the congregation taking part. Music was provided by Pat Burgess, Chloe Holroyd, Simon and Caroline Hansom. Members of the congregation gave readings and Rev Geoff Clay presided.
Marsden Silver Prize Band, under musical director Glyn Williams, were best band at the Easingwold march contest this weekend.
Mr P Simpson from Rochdale was the speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class, when he spoke on The Eight Visions of Zachariah. On Sunday evening, Mr J Cave from Nottingham spoke on Two Thousand Years Of History Written In Advance.
Brenda Richardson and Margaret Bush were callers for bingo at this week’s meeting of Milnsbridge Over 60s. Raffle winners were Irene Bone, Malcolm Bateman and Helen Nichols.
Last Sunday at Milnsbridge Baptist Church was a family service. The Rev Mike Roberts was preaching at Scapegoat Hill, so his wife Sarah took the service. The theme was The Bible And What It Means To Us. The reading from 2 Timothy, verses 10-16 was given by Clive Shaw.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Alan Jones and a Bible reading was given by Freda Lloyd. Prayers of intercession were offered by Sandra McSweeney and organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served afterwards by Pat Gill and Freda Lloyd.
The Methodist Fellowship Group met on Tuesday before taking a short holiday break. Betty Robshaw was in the chair and welcomed speaker Alan Schofield, who recounted the story of how the plague had been brought to Eyam in Derbyshire, illustrating his talk with maps and cards. Birthday greetings were sung for Gwen Cotterill and Mary Hirst, who was presented with a basket of roses for her 80th birthday by Wendy Blackburn. Tea and cakes were enjoyed after the meeting.
Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Elaine Nixon from Longwood, a local preacher on trial. Elaine’s call to worship was from Psalm 145. She later read from St Paul’s letter to the Romans and Betty Robshaw read from Matthew, from which Elaine took her text ‘Wear My Yoke’ The organist was Roger Mitchell.
Slaithwaite Mothers’ Union met in St James’ Church when they held an evening meeting open to all. Branch leader Pat Parkinson introduced Dr Anna Wallace, curate at Huddersfield Parish Church, who showed slides and literature about her work with the Street Angels, which is organised by the Christian churches in Huddersfield and works alongside police and medical services to ensure visitors can enjoy safer evenings in the town centre. Thanks were expressed by Jacqueline Haigh.
Alan Slingsby showed slides and his wife Maureen added the commentary about a holiday taken in Kenya at this week’s meeting of Slaithwaite Good Companions. They were thanked by Hilary Ellis and pianist was Maureen Weaving.
Family service on Sunday morning at St James’ Church was led by the Rev Robin Townsend. Jacqueline Haigh read a lesson and the vicar offered prayers. Speaker was Wendy Mulligan, head of Nields Junior and Infant School, who described the school’s twinning arrangement with a with a school in Uganda, which she had visited previously. She brought along three guests from the African country, who spoke about the problems of education in their country and expressed their admiration for schools in this country. Organist was Alvi Whitehead.