Providence Methodist Church Friendship Group held their Thursday meeting on November 22. Gillian Beever gave a demonstration of decorating Christmas cupcakes. Joan Knott and Ann Wignall provided supper and Barbara Armitage was the chairperson.

Mr Ian Day welcomed Mrs W Blackburn who led the service at Providence Methodist Church, Golcar. Her theme was Don't Worry, Put Your Trust In God. The Old Testament reading from Isaiah Chapter 24, verse 8-16 was read by Mrs C Heeley and the New Testament reading from Mark Chapter 6, verses 24-36 read by Mr Day. The pianist was Miss W Ellis and refreshments were served afterwards. This Sunday (December 2) is the annual Gift Day service led by the Rev Pam Ward. Everyone welcome. 7-8 December Christmas Tree Festival, December 9 Memorial service. More details next week.

The Rev Canon Stephen Henry welcomed the congregation and was the celebrant for the family communion service at St John’s Church. The theme of the service was the Servant King on which Canon Stephen based his address. A reading from Matthew 25, The parable of the Sheep and Goat, was given by Margaret Henry. Anne Crosland led the prayers and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club had made angels and Sunday youth made picture windows. In Sunday, December 2 a Come and Sing or Come and Hear Messiah will be held in church at 2.30pm.


Rev Jo Archer-Siddall led worship, which included Holy Communion, at Linthwaite Methodist Church on the theme of ‘Gift.’ The reading which was from Mark 1 v35-38 ‘Jesus prays in a Solitary place,’ was read by Doreen Liversidge. In her sermon Rev Jo spoke about the gift of knowledge which allows us to move forward in faith. This week is ‘Angel Week,’ at Linthwaite Methodist and members of the congregation secretly send each other cards, messages and small gifts to show that they care about that person.


Sunday morning worship at the United Church was led by Colin and Carole from the Westwood Christian Centre. The theme of their address was “Sharing our Faith”. Jean Broome and Margaret Casson gave readings from the Bible and the organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshments were served afterwards by Joyce Firth and Barry Biltcliffe.

A Procession and Service of Sung Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King was held on Sunday at St. Bartholomew’s, led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside, who also preached the sermon.The Gospel from John 18 was read by Joan Biggs. The lessons from Daniel 7 and Revelations 1 were read by David Fisher. Prayers were led by David Corps. The organist was John Wilson. Sideswomen were Bunny Lonnen and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington. Tuesday service of Holy Communion was at 9.30am. This Sunday in Advent Family Service at 10am.

Dates for December in Church: 9th at 7pm – Christmas Concert with Wakefield Cathedral Choir followed by Faith Supper; 16th at 4pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols followed by Seasonal Refreshments. Jointly with United Churches; 19th at 1.30pm – Christingle Service with Marsden Junior School; 22nd at 7.30pm – Christmas Concert with Marsden Silver Prize Band and Colne Valley Male Voice Choir. Soprano Soloist Sarah Ogden. Compere Peter Armitage MBE. Tickets £8 adults £5 children available from Duncan's, hairdresser, Warehouse Hill Marsden Tel 845311 (shop hours only) or the Band or Choir or Church (Tel 844485).


The previous week’s Milnsbridge Christadelphians sister's class was led by Pat Charlesworth. Sandra Mailson gave a talk on her study of The Queen Of Sheba. Keziah Paul gave a talk on Here Am I - Send Me. At the Bible class on Wednesday, Giovanni Marsella led the meeting. A Nail In A Sure Place – based on Ezra chapter 9 – was the talk given by Martin Spencer. The Sunday services were led by Kevin Waterhouse. Sam Brown from Preston was the speaker for the day. His subject at the evening lecture was The Virgin Birth Fact Or Fiction? Last week, the coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday 10.30am to read, study and discuss the Bible reading for the day. At the Bible class on Wednesday evening, Paul Suiter gave a talk on 'Jericho - the city of palms'. The meeting was led by Paul Rose. The Sunday services were led by David McEvoy. The exhortation at the afternoon meeting was given by James Walker. Jez Kirby gave a talk on Why read the Bible? at the evening meeting. The arrangements for the coming week are as follows... On Wednesday November 28 at 7.30pm - Andrew Walker from Doncaster will give a talk on 'John’s first epistle'. On Sunday December 2 at 6pm, following a church tea there will be a play, given by the Sunday school followed by a prize giving. If you are interested in the Bible why not come along to any of our meetings and talks where everyone will be made welcome.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church when guest speaker Pat Battye talked about her hot air balloon trip. In the chair was Jean Johnson, pianist Nora Beaumont, refreshments Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers, secretary Freda Lloyd. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher Rev David Bidnell. Bible reader Anne Ivy, pianist Naomi Sharp. Messy Church was held for the children, organised by Jez Hackett, assisted by ladies of the church who also provided refreshments after the service. In the evening the Messiah by an Augmented Choir, conductor Gareth Beaumont, organist Dr Jeffrey Lockwood, soloist soprano Derrianne Byrne, tenor Chris Knight, alto Ken Brown, bass John Ramsden. Refreshments were served by ladies of the church after the performance.


Wendy Blackburn introduced Pauline Gee at Slaithwaite Good Companions –who is a trained member of the Godly Play Religious Education Team, who guide children into the Bible stories, as part of the education syllabus. Children meet at the Methodist Church from various schools. Pauline described the story of the Good Shepherd, using little figures. The children had time for drawing, painting and playing with the figures and time for fruit and juice. Everything was so quietly acted out and members were all impressed and Pauline was an excellent guide. There was a question time and the team had prepared to go out into the community, supported by the Methodist and Parish churches. She was thanked by a number of the members.

Upper Slaithwaite Church (Shred) invited St James Parish Church to their family service which was led by 19 young people. With a seaside theme they were in shorts and tops and summerwear, taking the service and having rehearsed and almost word perfect, they read various bible readings relating to sea and shore. Rev Robin Townsend led the prayers, five rousing hymns were sung and at the close of the service a call of “ice cream, ice cream” and the ice cream man was John Cook, and all the youngsters enjoyed an ice cream. Alvi Whitehead was the organist. Coffee and biscuits were enjoyed afterwards. This is a thriving church high up on the hill and they provided a very warm welcome. Thanks go to all for a wonderful morning.

The Women’s Institute met in the community centre on Wednesday. Chairman Jane Barff introduced Neil, Stephen, Valerie and Robert, four members of All Music Consort who entertained with brass items and solos and piano duets. The raffle was won by Bessie Whitwam.