Mrs B Armitage welcomed the congregation to the family service at Providence Methodist Church. Mrs S Pearson introduced Mrs J Robinson who led the service, the theme was 'God’s Faithfulness. Readings were given by Mrs Pearson (Psalm 89) and Mr S Culpan (Genesis 15 v1-6). Mrs M Israel was the organist.Refreshments were served afterwards.


Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Wendy Blackburn whose chosen theme Discipleship, was matched by her choice of rousing hymns. Linda Nuttall read from Mark 1 v 14-20 ‘Jesus Calls His First Disciples,’ and Sue Howard read from Mark 4 v 35-41 ‘Jesus Calms the Storm.’


A Gift Aid weekend was held at the United Church on Saturday and Sunday. This was to raise funds for the upkeep of the church. Envelopes had been distributed to the congregation and friends of the church and a coffee morning and cake stall was held on Saturday to enable people to call with their gifts and partake with coffee and cake. The Rev Ann Sherratt organised the event and also led the Sunday morning worship where Holy Communion was received together with Gift Aid envelopes. The theme of her address was Gifts. A reading was given by Barry Bintcliffe and Marjorie Boothroyd was the organist. Refreshments afterwards were served by Joyce Clapperton and Margaret Kenyon.

A Service of All Age Worship was held at St Bartholomew’s on Sunday, remembering the Queen’s Coronation and giving thanks for her loyal and faithful service to this country. It was arranged and led by the Worship Group, Alison Gibson and Richard Webb. The reading was from Galatians 1 verses 1-12 and the Gospel from Luke 7 verses 1-10 and the prayers were by Richard. Richard also gave a talk about this month’s charity Childline and a collection was taken at the end of the service. Geoffrey Holroyd, Lay Reader, gave a talk based on the Gospel reading about the Centurion whom Jesus found to have great faith and so healed his sick servant. The organist was Jon Robinson and musical accompaniment was by Richard Webb and Elizabeth Foden. Sideswomen were Jean Pennington, Mary Horn and Joan Ladbrooke. Coffee was served by Cynthia Batley, Noreen Carr and Audrey Armitage. A service of Holy Communion was then held in the Lady Chapel.


At Milnsbridge Christadelphians, the Bible class on Wednesday evening was led by Kevin Waterhouse. “The danger of riches,” was the talk given by Pete Barrett.

The Sunday services were led by David McEvoy and organist was Susan Hackett. The talk at the afternoon service was given by Paul Rose, after which there was a family church tea. The talk at the evening meeting was given by James Walker his subject was “The day that shook the earth.”

Meetings planned for the coming week include the coffee morning reading group on Tuesday at 10.30am. The subject at the Bible class on Wednesday at 7.30pm will be “Spiritual sickness.” On Sunday June 9 at 6pm, the talk will be “ Basing your life on God- lessons from the boy king.” Visitors are very welcome to come along to meetings and services.


Speaker at Slaithwaite Good Companions was introduced by Wendy Blackburn. The speaker was Marie who is in charge of the fund raising for Kirkwood Hospice Building Appeal. She said after 25 years it was essential to bring the hospice up to date, to add an extension and re-develop including new equipment and facilities to meet the needs of patients and families. Next month will see the completion and a chance to allow the public to view. Support is always needed and Marie gave us an excellent insight to the work of the Hospice. She was thanked by Wendy. A collection was made for us to donate a brick to the appeal. Maureen Weaving was the pianist.

St James Parish Church family and holy communion service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend assisted by Raymond Denton. The theme this week was Faith. The young people wanted to know the attributes of a solider and also his qualities. The Rev Robin read the lesson, One Kings chapter 28, Elijah and the prophet Baal, also the holy gospel Luke chapter 7 from verse 1, Jesus heals the Roman officers servant because of his faith. Prayers were led by Raymond. This was followed by the Eucharist and special prayers for Her Majesty the Queen, 60 years since her coronation. The organist was Alvi Whitehead.