The Rev Canon Stephen Henry led the communion for Pentecost service at St John’s Church and was the celebrant. Readings were given by Margaret Henry and Richard Lodge. The address was given by Helen Bentley, prayers were led by Betty Taylor and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club talked about the disciples and the coming of the Holy Spirit, and had made flame headbands. Sunday Youth looked at the words Holy Spirit in different languages and had each made a copy of a stained glass window.
Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated Pentecost with morning worship led by Matt Smith. Speaking to the Junior Church members, prior to them leaving for their special time, Mr Smith asked ‘What is the Holy Spirit?’ This theme was continued throughout the service, with Matt making good use of the audio visual system, including a short reading from Acts 2 relating to the time when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Sunday morning worship was led by Mr Peter Hirst. Readings from Ezekiel, John and Acts talked of the Spirit of God influencing our lives. Pentecost hymns, some with their histories explained, led us through a thoughtful and meditative act of worship and rededicating our lives to be Holy Spirit filled. The second act of Christian worship saw members and friends of the two churches in Marsden walking to Marsden Park. The Marsden Junior Band conducted by Brian Boothroyd accompanied the singing of hymns at three stops on the way. In the park there was a short service of celebration and witness. St Bartholomew’s celebrated Pentecost with friends at St James’, Slaithwaite. The vicar of Slaithwaite, the Rev Robin Townsend, led the service of Holy Communion. The reading from Romans chapter 12 was by Carolyn Hansom. David Corps offered prayers of intercession. Carol Pattondale from Westwood read the Gospel from John Chapter 14 and preached the sermon. The organist was Alvi Whitehead. The Sunday School children held their activities outdoors and played a game of messages and at the end of the service they enacted a short play they had prepared about the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost. Tea and coffee was then served. In the afternoon St Bartholomew’s and the United Church held a Walk of Witness starting at the United Church with prayers and a hymn. Hymns were then sung at Wessen Court, Fall Lane and finally in the park. The Rev Geoff Garside, vicar of Marsden, gave a reading and prayers and the blessing. Many thanks go to Marsden Junior Band, directed by Brian Boothroyd, for leading the procession and the musical accompaniment and the friends of Marsden Park for providing the welcome refreshments.
This coming week at Milnsbridge Christadelphians at Morley Lane God willing – the Bible class on Wednesday May 30 – will be based on discussions of three Bible readings from Joshua 16, Isaiah 22 and Hebrews 1and 2. On Sunday June 3 there will be a talk by Phil Evans on “Why belief must come before baptism”. Everyone is invited to come to one or both of these talks.
A coffee day was held for Christian Aid and raised £76. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Mr Michael Early, steward Elaine Oldham and organist Kenneth Rothery. Messy Church morning for the children was organised by Jez Hackett and helpers from the church. Refreshments were served after the service.
There is an invitation to the Parkwood Church and Scouts Jubilee tea with music and games on Saturday, June 2, 2-5pm. Everyone welcome.