Golcar Providence Methodist Church visited The Forget Me Not Trust Children's Hospice on Tuesday to present a cheque to the hospice from the church. A donation of £550 was presented, from the monies raised from the Flower festival event held at the church in June.

Mr I Day welcomed everyone to the service at Providence Methodist Church. Rev Pam Ward led the service which included Holy Communion. Mrs B Senior and Mrs S Day were the Communion stewards. The theme for the service was Stand Up For Jesus. Readings from Amos 7 verses 7-15 were by Mr S Culpan and from Mark 6 verses 14-29 by Mr I Day. Mrs M Isreal was the organist. Mr Andrew Marchington led the Junior Church and Abigail showed a drawing and told about Jesus calming the waters. Picture next week.

Inclement weather cause the annual hog roast to be held in the community room at St John’s Church on Saturday. A two course meal was prepared by church member and entertainment was provided by singer Stacey Rhodes. The proceeds were for church funds.

The Rev Harry Gwynnett led the parish communion service at St John’s Church. The theme of the service was spiritual blessings. In his address Harry said “Each of us received a special gift from God which can be used for the benefit of others”. Readings were given by Sue Bolder and Margaret Henry. Jeremy Cuss led the prayers and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club’s theme was “Jesus feeds the 5,000” and had little baskets with loaves and fishes in. Sunday Youth performed a role play about the Good Samaritan.


Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Naomi Sharp, who spoke to the children about Books and Covers – and how we can identify them. The readers were wife and husband, Jackie Calverley who read from Mark 6 v 1-6 – ‘A Prophet Without Honour,’ and Adrian who read Psalm 85 from which Naomi based her talk, that God will suggest inward peace, speaking to our hearts by his spirit.


Sunday morning worship at the United Church was led by Mr Paul Bussey from Almondbury, whose theme for his sermon was Go Forth and Tell. A bible reading was given by Peter Hirst and the organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshment were served by Kathleen Jackson and Rex Bamforth.

Sunday service at St Bartholomew’s was All Age Communion led by the Rev Stephen Henry who also preached the sermon. The readings from Amos chapter 7 verses 7-15 and Ephesians chapter 1 verses 3-14 were read by Simon and Jude Crook. The Gospel from St Mark chapter 6 verses 14-29 was read by the vicar. Alison Gibson assisted by Simon Crook gave a talk for the children – Choices and Decisions – based on the readings The Beheading of John the Baptist and the story of Amos and the plumb line. The Children’s Choir directed by Simon sang the Gloria, the Agnus Dei and during Communion. The organist was Rodney Pearson. Sideswomen were Jean Pennington and Dorothy Lodge. Coffee was served by Noreen Carr, Cynthia Batley and Audrey Armitage. After the service the church was open for visitors for the Treasures Revealed in Kirklees weekend and also to sign the book of condolence. In the afternoon the Open Gardens in Marsden was held. Service in church today, Tuesday, is at 9.30am.


At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, David McEvoy led the Bible class meeting on Wednesday July 11at 7.30pm. Born of the Spirit, was the subject of the talk given by Dave Clark from Heckmondwike. The Sunday services were led by Kevin Charlesworth, with David Turner playing the organ. The speaker for the day was Andrew Hellawell from Stockport. His presentation at the evening meeting was Baptism –Why and When? The main Bible reading were from Acts chapter 8, verses 26-39. The arrangements for the coming week are that the coffee morning reading group will meet at 10.30am on Tuesday July 17 On Wednesday evening the quarterly business meeting will be held. This coming Sunday at 6pm- the subject will be ‘What Should We Believe?’ Visitors are welcome to talks and meetings.


Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Mr John Robinson, bible reader Ann Ivy, organist was Kenneth Rothery and visual aids by Joe Lloyd. Coffee was served after the service by Pat and Albert Battye.

A community breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, July 21, 9.30am-noon. And on Sunday, July 22, 10am Messy Church morning, plus all age worship at 10.45am.


Community Spirit charity shop, run by the Churches Together of Slaithwaite, held its annual meeting at Slaithwaite Methodist Church. A short service of thanksgiving was held by Errol Salverson with the theme of Salt and Light. Errol is also treasurer completing his first year in this position, taking the chair was Gordon Ellis, and Shirley Scott, secretary. The grand committee and other positions are as last year. Grants are awarded every three months, to local groups and societies, 36 groups this past year have benefited. The shop is pleased to accept good quality goods.

Slaithwaite Good Companions enjoyed a musical afternoon, introduced by Maureen Weaving. The entertainer was Maurice Dantes, with ballads and songs that members could sing along to, with Arthur on keyboard playing tunes as well as accompanying. He was thanked by Pat and then a buffet afternoon tea was organised by Andrea. There is now a break for the holidays.

St James’ Parish Church Holy Communion Service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The reading Psalm 1– True Happiness – was read by Alison Parkinson. The Holy Gospel St John Chapter 10 ‘The Parable of the Shepherd’ and the address was given by Rennie Clarke, who spent years in South Africa as an independent TV and documentary writer – a bit of a rebel, now a Christian and a life much different. He spoke about ‘An Abundant Life. Prayers were led by Dorothy Gledhill. The organist was Alvi Whitehead. After the coffee break Pamela and Raymond Denton, renewed their marriage vows, this date being was their 40th wedding anniversary and members toasted their health and happiness.