On Sunday December 23 Mr A Marchington led the Nativity Service at Providence Church. Mrs S. Pearson welcomed the congregation and Mr Marchington. The Children and Teachers acted the Nativity Story. The Organist was Mrs M Isreal. Refreshments were served afterwards. In the evening the Carol Service was led by Rev Pam Ward. Readings were given by church members and Miss W Ellis and Mrs B Brook sang solos. The Huddersfield & Ripponden Brass Band played and the organist was Mrs M Isreal. Seasonal refreshments were served afterwards. A Midnight Christmas Eve service was led by Rev Pam Ward.
Sunday 30th December, Mrs J. Swallow introduced Mr M Early who led the morning service at Providence Methodist church, Golcar and the theme was the "The Lord Has Come". Ms Lynne Blackburn played the organ. Refreshments were served afterwards by Mrs B Armitage and Mrs N Meadows.
The Rev Harry Gwnett welcomed the congregation and led the parish communion service for Epiphany at St John’s Church. Readings were given by Anne Crosland and Betty Taylor. Harry gave the gospel reading from Matthew 2, verses 1-12 The visit of the Magi, and based his address on this asking us all to be bold in faith and proclaim the gospel. Prayers were led by Helen Davis and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club had made mobiles of the Three Wise Men and Sunday Youth talked about the gift of gold, frankincense and myrrh given to Jesus. A Taize Service at 6pm was led by Kathryn Sykes and the pianist was Ann Norton. Afterwards refreshments were served in the community room.
The Rev Pam Ward led the family service at Providence Methodist Church on Sunday , which included the covenant service. The theme was The Wise Men, Mrs B Hallas read from Matthew ch2 v1-12. Mrs G Beevers, Mr S Culpan and Mr I Day gave a short sketch. Mrs M Israel played the organ. Fellowship continued in the schoolroom.
Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Rev Jo Archer-Siddall, who chose A New Vision, as her theme. The reading from Matthew 2 v1-12 The Magi Visit The Messiah, was by Sue Howard.
Retired Police Inspector John Daniel got the year off to a good start at Linthwaite Methodist Church Thursday Fellowship. In his talk, 30 Years Of Happiness, he recounted amusing stories about people and incidents that he had experienced during his working life. Margaret Moriarty was in the chair and Jenny Sutherland played the piano. Pat Morrison and Molly Shepherd were in charge of refreshments with cake provided by Hilary Baxter to celebrate a Special Birthday
On Thursday, January 17, the speaker is Naomi Sharp and her subject is Faith And Music. All welcome.
A member of the church, Peter Hirst, led morning worship at the United Church Marsden on Sunday. Liz Farrel read from Luke Chapter 2, about the boy Jesus in the Temple and Peter spoke about it. Later he read from Colossians Chapter 3 about the Old Life and the New and shared thoughts on this. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Afterwards refreshments were served in the hall by Kathleen Jackson and Rex Bamforth.
All Age Service was held at St. Bartholomew’s to celebrate Epiphany, led by the vicar the Rev. Geoff Garside and David Fisher, who also read the Gospel from St. Matthew 2 v1-12 'The magi visit the Messiah. The reading The Glory Of Zion from Isaiah 60 v1-6 was by Richard Webb who also gave an illustrated talk about Epiphany, which means coming to light or shining forth. He talked of his personal time in the dark and through prayer eventually saw the light.
Prayers were led by Alison Fisher. John Wilson was the organist and other musicians were Elizabeth Foden and Richard Webb. Sideswomen were Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by Cynthia Batley, Noreen Carr, Jenny Mitchell and Audrey Armitage. Afterwards a service of Holy Communion was held in the Lady Chapel. Today there is a service of Holy Communion at 9-30am.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Sunday December 23 the afternoon services were led by Kevin Charlesworth . Martin Spencer was the speaker. In the evening there was a special family Carol service. Andrew Wilkinson led the service , where there was the singing of seasonal hymns and also Bible readings given by many of the Sunday school children. Refreshments were served after the service which was enjoyed by all.
On Sunday December 31 the services were led by David McEvoy. Pete Barrett was the afternoon speaker and Paul Rose gave a talk at the evening meeting entitled Bible prophecies that came true.
The Bible class on Wednesday January 2 was a Bible readings discussion group, looking at Genesis chapters 3 and 4, Psalms 3,4 and 5 and Matthew chapters 3 and 4. The meeting was led by Martin Spencer.
The Sunday services were led by Paul Rose, the afternoon lecture was given by Kevin Charlesworth. There was a family tea, followed by a family service, which was a visual presentation “signs and seasons,” given by James Walker. Looking in part at the parable of the sewer from the gospel of Mark chapter 4.
The meetings planned for the coming week are, that the subject for the Bible class on Wednesday 9th January at 7.30pm will be “ the brazen serpent.” The Thursday seminar group will meet at 7pm to study the book of Ruth. This Sunday at 6pm the subject will be Living in the Kingdom of God. If you are interested in any of the subjects, please come along to any of the meetings where you will be made most welcome.
A united Sunday morning service was held at Outlane Methodist Church. Welcoming friends from Lindley, Mount and Parkwood Methodist Churches. Preacher was Rev Lesley Noon, with Bible readings and drama. Refreshments were served after the service by ladies of the church.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Preacher and pianist Naomi Sharp plus Bible Readers. Coffee was served after the service by Audrey Holdsworth and Mary Palmer.
The Rev Jo Archer-Siddal led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. The sermon focused on Ephipany and the visit of the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Bessie Whitwam read the story from Matthews Gospel. Margaret Stevenson accompanied hymns on piano.