The Rev Harry Gwynett led the parish communion service at St John’s Church. A reading was given by Richard Lodge and prayers were led by Marion Hall. Harry based his address on the challenges in Life and referred to Eric Liddell who always remained true to his Christian faith. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth had followed the same theme and had made cut outs of hands to represent helping others. Ann Norton was the pianist.


Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Mrs Judith Robinson, who spoke to the young people about handshakes and how they originated, finishing with the Christian handshake of ‘Peace.’ Hilary Baxter read Psalm 30, and Lesley Baxter read from Mark 5 v21-43 ‘ Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman.’ In her sermon Judith spoke of how we should build a good relationship with God in the good times, which will support us in the bad times. Coffee and biscuits were served after the service.


Sunday worship at the United Church was led by Ruth Sheldrake. The theme was taking the risk of asking for healing from Jesus and the risk of carrying out his work of getting alongside the vulnerable. This was illustrated from the reading of the healing of Jairus' daughter read by Jean Broome. Prayers of Intercession offered by Edward Sheldrake.


Meetings at the Milnsbridge Christadelphians this past week began with the Bible class on Wednesday evening. Jonie Barrett led the meeting with Kevin Charlesworth giving a talk on “Men of influence – Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus & Pontius Pilate.”

The Sunday services were led by Martin Spencer, with Susan Hackett playing the organ. There was a family tea following the afternoon service. At the evening meeting, John Hellawell from Peterborough, gave a presentation entitled “The devil in the mirror,” The introductory Bible reading was taken from Hebrews chapter 2.

The planned meetings for the coming week are that on Tuesday the coffee morning reading group will meet at 10.30am. Then on Wednesday July 4 at 7.30pm the Bible class subject was “ Finding the Word with Josiah.”

A special youth weekend is to be held , with the theme – “Jesus the Amazing Son of God.” The Bible talk on Sunday July 8 will commence at 11am, followed by a bring-and-share lunch. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Bible teachings, or interested in any of the talks, should go along to any of the meetings at Morley Lane Milnsbridge.


A drop in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, organised by Barbara Rushforth assisted with ladies from the church. The next lunch date is after the holiday break on September 5.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Jean Barraclough, Bible readers Jill Ritchie and John Oldham, organist Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church.


Speaker at Slaithwaite Good Companions was secretary Maureen Weaving – this week in the role of flower arranger and garden expert. She gave useful hints and information while working on the flowers. These were later raffled and the four lucky winners were Pamela Connolly, M Christine Parkin and Marjorie Sykes and Jean Watson. She was thanked by Patricia Parkinson and the pianist was Margaret Cook.

St James Parish Church Family Service and Baptism was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The little one to be christened was 15-month-old Jack Travers-Scarcliff, son of Mark Travers-Scarcliff and Lindsey Armitage. The address by Rev Robin was based on the beatitudes and happiness and joy. The prayers were led by Raymond, the organist was Granville Brook. After the coffee break a short service of Holy Communion was celebrated.

Slaithwaite Women’s Institute met on last Wednesday evening. Jane Barff was in the chair and introduced Barbara Svensgaard who spoke of the work that is done at the donkey sanctuary in Devon that was founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen. Elma Copley reported on her recent visit to the NFWI annual meeting in London.

Mr David Joyce of Almondbury led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist church. The theme of the service was “Healing and Living in the Now” with readings from Lamentations by Betty Robshaw, by David from 2 Corinthians and by Marjorie Crowther from Mark. Birthdays greetings were sung for Muriel Morrison. The organist was Roger Mitchell.