The Association of Christian Fellowship from St Barnabas' Church hosted a 'St Barnabas' and Friends' Concert in the Parish Hall. The artistes were co-ordinated by Pat Graham who also read her own poems dedicated to her granddaughter. The compere was Alan Woodhead who amused the audience with his jokes . Carol and Ann's Dancing classes showed their skills from tots to teens. Ann Bradford's keep fit class put on a display to music and songs were sung by Ann Wilkes, Rachel Haley, Becky Sutcliffe and Alan Bradford, Tim Wilkes was accompanist and also played piano duets with Kathleen Pratt. The hostesses serving refreshments at the interval were Pauline Martin, Margaret Sigsworth, Joan Ware and Brenda Whitaker. The evening was arranged by the Secretary of the ACF Kathleen Pratt and churchwarden Bruce Jackson gave thanks to artistes, those working back stage, the hostesses and to the audience. Thank you gifts were presented to Pat Graham, Alan Woodhead and Tim Wilkes by Elaine Broadley, Treasurer. There was a raffle with proceeds for church funds.


Marion Hall welcomed the congregation to the Worship in Today’s World Service at St John’s Church for which the theme was Great Expectations-Winning, Losing, and Taking Part. Nore Beaumont gave the readings from Proverbs and prayers were led by Anne Crosland. In her talk Margaret Laycock invited the congregation to consider the extent to which they were really taking part in life as a whole and the many ways in this could be reflected in involvement in church life. Sunday Youth and Sunday Club had been following the same theme and Sunday Club had made Olympic torches which they paraded round the church. Ann Norton was the pianist.


Naomi Sharp led all age worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church, on the subject of Forgiveness. Miss Sharp told the young people that the word ‘Sin’ could be expressed as ‘missing the mark,’ which she depicted by asking the congregation to make paper aeroplanes and try to land them in a small box. Naomi then paraphrased the reading from Matthew 18:21-35 – The Unforgiving Servant, and pointed out that whilst it is hard to forgive we need to remember that forgiveness is like a pair of lungs – to make room to receive forgiveness we need to exhale the need to forgive. Coffee was served after the service.


The Junior Church Anniversary service was held on Sunday morning at the United Church, led by Mr J Francis Horton. The work recently undertaken in the Junior Church was shown on screen and explained by Rachel Hemingway. Mr Horton showed pictures of the former church premises and held a quiz about the past, the present and the future making the point that our Christian faith is founded on the past relevant to the present and our hope for the future. Mr Horton then led Holy Communion. Chris Cook was the organist. The children came back at the end of the service bringing biscuits which they had prepared as part of the celebration and they were shared with coffee and tea served by Joyce Clapperton and Margaret Kenyon.

A service of Sung Eucharist was held at St Bartholomew’s on Sunday, led by the Rev Stephen Henry, who also preached the sermon. Louise Clark read from Ezekiel chapter 2 verses 1-5 and 2 Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 2-10. Joan Biggs, Licensed Reader, read the Gospel from St. Mark Chapter 6 verses 1-13.

Prayers were offered by Samantha Crook. Granville Brook was the organist. Sidespersons were Brian Mitchell and Bunny Lonnen. Coffee was served by Joan Ladbrooke, Jean Pennington and Mary Horn.

Today, Tuesday at 9.30am Morning Prayer will be held in the Lady Chapel. In Treasures Revealed in Kirklees next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the church will be open for visitors to look round.

On Sunday July 15 six gardens in Marsden will throw open their gates to the public in an Open Gardens event. Refreshments will be available at two of the venues. Entry to the gardens by purchasing a route plan is £4 including refreshments. Details and tickets from Pat Burgess and Joan Bradbury. Tel. 647815 and 845126.


Milnsbridge Christadelphian's coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday July 3. The Bible readings for the day and the discussions were led by David McEvoy. The Bible class, held on Wednesday evening was led by Kevin Charlesworth. Richard Eglen from Halifax Balmoral Place gave a talk on Finding The Word With Josiah.

A youth weekend was held at Milnsbridge Christadelphian's, with a special Bible talk given by Devon Walker on the theme “Jesus- the amazing son of God.” The meeting and talk was held at 11am, followed by a family lunch and the Breaking of Bread service at 2.30pm, led by James Walker, with an exhortation given by Devon Walker.

On Wednesday July 14 the subject at the Bible class starting at 7.30pm is “ Born of the spirit.” The subject for the talk on Sunday July 15 at 6pm is “ Baptism – why and when?” Visitors are most welcome to all our meetings and talks held at The Christadelphian Hall, Morley Lane, Milnsbridge.


Huddersfield Young Singers Junior Choir and Little Voices presented a concert at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, with a medley of songs. Ladies of the church organised an afternoon tea after the concert.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a communion service at Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Preacher was the Rev Pam Ward, assisted by steward John Oldham, communion stewards Reene Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth, visual aids Joe Lloyd, organist was Christine Walker. Coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church.


The Sunday morning service at the Methodist Church was led by Mr Barry Lee of Fenay Bridge. Verses from Psalm 48 were read jointly. Hilary and Gordon Ellis read from 2 Corinthians and Mark’s Gospel and the theme of Barry’s sermon was that we are all called to be disciples and strength is found in weakness. Rachel Wybrew accompanied the hymns on violin.

St James’ Parish Church Mother’s Union had lunch at Compo’s Cafe in Holmfirth.

Slaithwaite Good Companions met on Thursday for their annual summer outing, calling first at Barton Grange Garden Centre, near Preston for coffee, then on to lunch at the North Promenade, Cleveleys. Then it was on to St Annes. The event was again well organised by secretary Maureen Weaving. Pat gave thanks .

A Jubilee concert was held at Slaithwaite Parish Church on Saturday evening with three local brass bands providing the music. Linthwaite, with conductor Jaegger-Fozzard, included Steve Bonner on flugelhorn playing a lament, a choral prelude in harmony finishing with James Patrol, then it was the turn of Slaithwaite with conductor Tabby Clegg, playing a Jubilee Overture and then horn soloist Neil Harvey playing Samantha. This was followed by Hong Kong Fireworks and finally a rousing selection from James Bond films. After the interval it was prize-winning Marsden Band, conductor Glynn Williams, playing Knight’s Templar and the hymn Love Unknown. Emily Braveman on baritone, skilfully played an air variation Napoli. Other items included William Walton’s Crown Imperial, Last Night of the Proms and sea shanties.

St James’ Holy Communion service was led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The lesson from Ezekiel was read by Simon Parkinson. The Holy Gospel, St Mark chapter 6 vs 1-5 Jesus Heals a Man with Evil Spirits, and the address on Listening was by Rev Robin. Prayers were led by Patricia Parkinson. Sunday School studied Exodus t and sang a cheerleaders song. The organist was Alvi Whitehead.