The Rev Harry Gwnyett welcomed friends from Golcar Baptist, Providence Methodist and St Mark’s, Longwood for the parish communion service at St John’s Church. The guest speaker was Philip Clements-Dewry from Christian Aid who spoke about work in Sierra Leone and the film entitled “Let’s give tools to help people in poverty out of poverty” was shown. Readings were given by Roger Hanson and Helen Davis and prayers were led by Sue Starr. Ann Norton was the pianist for the service. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth talked about sharing and growing food and had made a large vine tree with grapes growing on it.
Rev Jo Archer-Siddall led morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church where she talked to the young people, about ‘Doing things the hard way’ prior to them leaving the service with their leaders, Ed Archer-Siddall, Diane Loftus, Joanna Ambler and Andrea Morley. Rev Jo reading from Matthew 1 verses 1-17 used the theme Awareness for her service and talked about ‘Life is Short, Life is Long,’ and how attitudes determine our future. The organist was Linda Nuttall and Mairi MacKay operated the AV.
The new third tennis court was formally opened at Linthwaite Methodist Tennis Club on Sunday afternoon, despite the bad weather driving everyone indoors, when the members of Slaithwaite Brass Band entertained and club President Philip Baxter led the proceedings. Hilary Baxter offered the prayers and thanks for all who had worked hard to bring the long awaited third court, and club members served and organised a wonderful afternoon tea. Ex-Clr Margaret Fearnley officially cut the ribbon and reminded everyone present how important it is to take exercise and enjoy sport with others. For more information on joining the club – which is open to everyone please contact: Diane Loftus on 841999.
Rev Jo Archer-Siddall, Methodist Minister from Linthwaite and Slaithwaite had a busy day on Sunday, when on top of her morning services she also held her monthly stint on Two Valleys Radio an internet based broadcast station, based in Meltham which also has a catch up, when she interviewed Rev Robin Townsend, Vicar of Slaithwaite.
Work continues on the Methodist Church building, with latest efforts replacing lights and giving the corridor a coat of paint. A new carpet in the Primary Room has been fitted and the Sunday School Building is looking brighter. But work is still needed on toilets and Sunday School entrance The Church Centre is in need of a full re-decoration and the old boiler in the cellar of the Sunday School needs replacing, as do all the heating pipes. The Graveyard Maintenance Programme has already started, with more work planned between 9.30am and noon on Saturdays May 12 and 26. If you can’t make these dates, but still want to help please call Peter (01484 843073; 07939 955294)
Forthcoming events at the Methodist Church include: Sunday May 13 Sunday School Anniversary at 9.30am led by Sunday School scholars and teachers. A cooked brunch will be served after the service, no fixed price – donations. Those wishing to stay for the meal should put their names on the list on the hall notice board. On the same day, the circuit day out will take intrepid travellers to Cannon Hall at Cawthorne,1pm. On Wednesday May 16 an Ecumenical Service will be held at Holy Family Church, Slaithwaite at 11.15am. On Sunday May 20 the Annual Church Meeting will be held after a short morning service – everyone invited to stay.The Church Council Meeting will be held in the Primary Room on June 14 at 7.30pm
Morning Worship at The United Church Marsden was led by Richard Hoyle. His theme was Jesus, the Good Shepherd. He spoke to the children before they left for Junior Church, gave two Bible readings in addition to preaching his sermon and leading prayers. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Afterwards refreshments were served by Kathleen Jackson and Rex Bamforth.
At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, the coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday at 10.30am. The readings from the Bible were Deuteronomy chapters 8 and 9, Ecclesiastes chapter 3 and John chapters 20 and 21. The meeting was led by David McEvoy.
At the Bible class on Wednesday evening Kevin Waterhouse led the meeting, the organist was Sarah Barrett. Jeremy Kirby gave a very interesting talk on The Memorial Service. The reading was taken from 1 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 17 -34.
The Sunday services were led by Paul Rose and the visiting speaker was Alan Siviter from Dudley, whose evening Bible talk was How Should The Bible Influence Our relationships?
The arrangements for the coming week are that the Sister’s class will meet on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. The subject is Women of Diversity.
The Bible class talk on Wednesday at 7.30pm is entitled, Waiting.
On Sunday there will be a church tea followed by the evening Bible talk commencing at 6pm entitled Signs Of The Times. Visitors are always very welcome to come to meetings and talks.
A Christian Aid meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon. Guest speaker was Anne Parker from Christian Aid, Leeds on So many Amazing People and Projects plus refreshments by church members. The congregation was welcomed to church on Sunday morning, guest preacher was Mr Alan Jones, bible reader was Christine Noble-Boyle and church members took part in the last sheet drama. The pianist was Rhianydd Booth and after the service a faith lunch was held.
Maureen Weaving was in the chair for the Women’s Fellowship meeting on Tuesday last, firstly reading Spring Memories and then leading in prayer. Members then shared childhood memories together before enjoying afternoon tea. Thanks were expressed to Maureen for arranging a very pleasant afternoon when the speaker failed to turn up. Two members of the Fellowship attended the Dedication service of the Easter offerings which took place at the Huddersfield Mission on Wednesday.
The Rev David Bidnall led the anniversary service on Sunday at the Methodist Church. Karston Svensgaard read from chapter 21 of John’s Gospel and the Rev Bidnall’s sermon was based on the story of the resurrection. A time of Fellowship was enjoyed over coffee at the end of the service and the organist was Shirley Scott.