Parish communion at St George's Church was celebrated by Dean Henry Stapleton. Martin Dove read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. The organist was Noel Clarke.
The Rev Tim Moore led worship at the Methodist Church when Mrs Eileen Littlewood was the pianist. Mr Graham Nicholson and Mr Granville Dews gave the scripture readings. Mrs Barbara Oldfield welcomed the congregation and refreshments were provided by Mrs Littlewood. On Sunday evening, a circuit communion service was led by the Rev Tim Moore.
John Blunden welcomed guests to the annual Burns Supper in the village hall, organised by Hepworth Church. The evening started with a performance of The Highland Fling by John Nixon. The Selkirk Grace was said by the Reverend Keith Griffin, the Address to the Haggis was enthusiastically delivered by Norman Law, the Immortal Memory to Robert Burns was given by Lorraine Pollitt, and John Blunden toasted the Lassies. The meal was prepared and served by JK Catering of Holmfirth and the evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.
Members of Holy Trinity Church attended a joint service at Christ Church, New Mill on Sunday morning. This coming Sunday, it's back to Hepworth Church for parish Eucharist at 9.15am.
Midweek Holy Communion at St David's Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by ian Gold. The Monkey Business toddler group, the Free Lunch and Holmbridge Over 60s Club were held during the week. Friday evening prayers were led by Carolyn Burley. On Sunday, the congregation of St David's Church attended the team service at New Mill.
Jesus Shall Take The Highest Honour was the rousing opening hymn chosen by local preacher, Michael Tolson, when he led morning worship at Holmfirth Methodist Church last Sunday. Before the children left for their own activities in Junior Church, Michael asked for examples of recent good news, and it was to the subject of good news that he returned in his sermon. At the start of his ministry, Jesus stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth to read from the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus read that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him and that his mission was to bring good news to the people who were suffering and oppressed such as the poor, the blind and the captives. The powerful verses in Isaiah were familiar to the people in the synagogue, but Jesus read them in a very personal way. Michael's conclusion was that Jesus, in his life and his death, played out his mission statement and then he challenged us all to think about what our mission in life should be. The closing prayers of intercession for the world and for ourselves were led by worship team leader Linda Kitson.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary's Parish Church, Honley, was conducted by Dean Henry Stapleton. Clive Waind led intercessions and John Adams was the server. Mary Stapleton assisted with the chalice. The pianist was Vernon Briggs.
On Saturday evening, the Community and Outreach Group of St Mary’s Church, Honley, organised a Burns Night Supper in church. A meal including haggis, neaps and tatties was served by the group members and helpers. It was followed by the singing of traditional Scottish songs accompanied by Hazel Kemp on piano and Bill Kemp on guitar. Solos were sung by Margaret Wainwright and Brenda Wildman , The compere was Andrea Gosslin.
The weekly Upperthong prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons. Midweek communion at St John's Church was led by Dean Henry Stapleton, who was also the celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Members of St John's Church attended the Upper Holme Valley team anniversary service at Christ Church, New Mill. The preacher was the Archdeacon of Halifax.
Last Sunday the service of Holy Communion was held at St Mary’s Church. The Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service and welcomed lay reader Hestor Deakin to give the talk. Her theme was the body of Christ and how we all have a part to play in that body and a special job to do for God. It is only when we are united and working together that the body is able to function well, Judith Moore read the lessons, Kim Howe assisted with the chalice and Liz Pearson played the organ. Next week there will be no morning service but there will be a candlelit service for Candlemass at 4.30pm. This will be held as part of the St Mary’s 150th anniversary celebrations. All welcome.
Morning worship at Wooldale Methodist Church was led by Paul Rand. The organist was Nigel Morris and refreshments were served afterwards.
The service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Mr Trevor Jones, who talked briefly about his time in Africa which brought him into his sermon on team work, and how each member of the church is part of a team that works together, and saying that each member is a valuable part of that team no matter what part they play. There were two readings taken from Luke and Corinthians. The organist was Mr Peter Coldwell.