Mrs N Meadows welcomed the congregation to Providence Methodist Church, Golcar on Sunday. Mrs C Shaw led the service and the theme was "listening to the call of God". Miss W Ellis and Mrs B Hallas gave the Bible readings and a dialogue was given by Mrs S Pearson, duty steward and Mrs B Armitage called " I did not want to go". Mrs M Israel was the organist. No service will be held at Providence next Sunday, as a Golcar Churches Together service is to be held at Golcar Baptist.

The Tuesday Forum met at the home of Connie Pearson, for a Garden Party. On Saturday a sponsored walk took place on the canal from the tea room at Slaithwaite to Sparth Reservoir and back with a group of 18 which included adults and children. Sponsorship was for the Tear Fund and particularly for Africa.

The Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by Chris Thompson and Chris Woodhead was the pianist/organist. This was followed by the Church business meeting. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be a combined service with St John’s church and Providence Methodist Church at Golcar Baptist Church. The community cafe is open on a Saturday morning, 11am-1pm.

The Rev Canon Martyn Crompton welcomed the congregation and led the family communion service at St John’s Church. As part of the service, Martyn baptised Richard James Thomas Cooke. The gospel reading from John 20 – Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene – was given by Gini Crompton and Martyn based his address on this reading. Prayers were led by Richard Lodge and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth are now on holiday until September 2. There will be no 10am service at St John’s on July 29, as members are invited to Golcar Baptist Church for a joint service. Please note 10.30am start.

The Rev Harry Gwynnett welcomed friends to the Fellowship Service Synergy at St John’s Church. The theme of the service was Grace. Afterwards refreshments were served in the community room.


Morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by the Worship Leaders, Ian and Lesley Baxter. Ian gave a topical talk to the Young People, about the Olympic torch, and in particular the most important thing about it – the flame, and how a flame was lit 200 years ago when a Sunday School was formed at Linthwaite and how they were helping to carry it on. The readings both read by Ian were from Luke 19 1-10 ‘Zacchaeus is give a second chance,’ and Luke 23 32-43 ‘The thief is forgiven.’ Lesley then asked the congregation to split into three group, where discussions were held on subjects arising from the readings and also on forgiveness.

Members of the Junior Church from Linthwaite Methodist attended Beaumont Park on a sunny afternoon for the annual Sunday School picnic and games.


The minister Rev David Bidnell led the worship at the United Church on Sunday morning. The theme of his sermon was the message from Jesus “Come Follow Me”. Edward Sheldrake and Brian Boothroyd gave bible readings, and Marjorie Boothroyd was the organist. Refreshments were served after the service by Ruth and Edward Sheldrake.

Sunday service at St Bartholomew’s was Sung Eucharist, led by the Rev Stephen Henry, who read the Gospel from John 20 v1-18 for the Feast of Mary Magdalene, and also preached the sermon. The lessons from Jeremiah 23 v1-6 and Ephesians 2 v11 to end were read by Audrey Armitage. Prayers were offered by David Fisher.The organist was Ian Hunt. Simon Crook is leaving to train in the Ministry. David Fisher, churchwarden, on behalf of everyone, thanked Simon and his wife Samantha for all the work they had done at St Bartholomew's and wished them and their family well in their new life. Sideswomen were Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by Richard and Chris. Service today, Tuesday at 9.30am.


Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ coffee morning reading group met at 10.30am on Tuesday July17 when David McEvoy led the discussions on the Bible readings for the day. On Wednesday evening it was the quarterly business meeting led by James Walker.

The Sunday services were led by Paul Rose, with Martin Spencer giving the exhortation at the afternoon service. Kevin Waterhouse gave a talk on What Should We Believe? at the evening meeting.

The arrangements for the coming week are: Wednesday July 25 at 7.30pm when the Bible subject will be oats In Scripture, to be given by Timothy Goswell.

The subject for Sunday July 29 at 6pm is “ Jesus is coming ready or not!” and speaker– James Walker. If you are interested in the Bible, why not come along to any of our meetings or talks, where you will be made very welcome.


A community breakfast was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday morning, organised by Elaine Oldham and Renee Wyatt and ladies of the Church.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Preacher was Miss Naomi Sharp, plus a Messy Church morning with the children. Gareth Beaumont was steward, Claire was the pianist and coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church.


The stewards were in charge of Own Arrangement service at the methodist church. Gordon Ellis led worship and Psalm 85 was read jointly. Dawn Dyson read from Deuteronomy 34 and the Karsten Svensgaard from Romans 5. Barbara Svensgaard gave the address based on endurance as she followed the life of Moses. Prayers of intercession were led by Jennifer Twycross and the organist was Wendy Redfearn.

Slaithwaite Women’s Institute met on Wednesday evening for their annual strawberry tea. members dressed up for the occasion with party clothes and hats. Jane Barff welcomed members who were served Pimms and strawberry shortcakes by the committee. A silent auction followed which brought a happy evening to a close.

The July Ecumenical service was held at St James Parish Church and led by Robin Townsend. Prayers were said for the Churches and peoples of the Colne Valley and further fellowship enjoyed over coffee.

Mr David Brook of Crosland Moor led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. Readings by John Scott from Jeremiah 23 and by Linda Hanson from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians which was the theme of Davids sermon. The organist was Shirley Scott.