Members of the Crosland Moor Branch of the Mothers’ Union celebrated Holy Communion in St. Barnabas’ Church. The Rev Jenni Honeyman officiated and the readings were given by Barbara France. Afterwards in the Parish Hall the speaker was Margaret McQillan from Christ Church, Linthwaite, who spoke about the adventures and frustrations she has with her pet dog and how we can liken the relationships with our pets to our relationship with God. Like pets we don’t always do the things that we should do either and yet God still loves us and forgives us, as we do our pets. Valerie Donoghue proposed the vote of thanks, the hostesses were Valerie Donoghue and Mavis Armitage and the meeting was presided over by the branch secretary Nancy Jones.
Sunday morning worship at Golcar Providence Church was led by Phil McSweeney. The lessons were read by Susan Brown and Robert Dearnley and Margaret Israel was the organist.
Helen Davis welcomed the congregation at St Johns Church and outlined the theme for the service which was “Forgiving and Forgetting”. Gaynor Sykes narrated the story of the Prodigal Son, ably supported by the children of the Sunday Cub. They gave a lively performance of the principal characters and as the story progressed the Prodigal Son was eventually reunited with his father and forgiven for his selfish actions. Sue Starr gave the reading from Matthew 18, illustrated by a short play emphasising that sins may require ongoing forgiveness. Prayers were led by Marion Hall and the pianist was Ann Norton. As part of their activities, the Sunday Club made paper cut-outs of the Prodigal Son and paper flags with the words “God says its good to forgive”.
At Golcar Baptist Church the Sunday service was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson, the pianist was Chris Woodhead and the organist was Calinda Stockhill. The reader was Connie Pearson. This Saturday it is Golcar Lily Day with an art exhibition, entertainment by Golcar Band and Shelley Community Big Band and family history. Refreshments throughout the day.
The morning Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Mr Raymond Brook who started with a prayer for minister Rev Jo Archer-Siddall and her husband Ed, whose baby was born dead this week. Margaret Moriarty lit a candle in memory of baby Robin. Raymond talked to the children about ‘caring and looking after pets,’ before they went to Sunday School. The readers were Margaret Moriarty, Bryan Hirst and Nicola Bamforth who read from the books of John about the Shepherd looking after his sheep, God’s love for us and Jesus laying down his life for us. The theme of the sermon was ‘Laying down our lives for others.’ Mr Rodney Pearson was the organist.
The Sunday School Anniversary will be held on Sunday, May 10 at 10.30am.
Sunday service at Christ Church was led by the Rev David Wilding who preached, prayed, celebrated holy communion and gave a blessing. Lesson were read by Dorothy Haley and Ann Leigh and the evening serice was led by the Rev Jenny Honeyman who read the lesson and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Margaret McQuillan, Ann Leigh preached and prayed and the organist was Rhona Jepson.
St Mark’s Church week of participation in the Treasures revealed in Kirklees Festival was opened last Saturday with the added attraction of local historian Brian Hollingworth and his exhibition of pictures and artefacts associated with the 19th century reformer Richard Oastler, who is depicted in one of the stained glass windows. Brian was available throughout the week ready to impart more information.
Sung Eucharist, on Sunday morning was conducted by Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt, who was assisted by server David Verlander. The organist was Phil Turner. Bible readings were by Dilys Eastwood from Acts and Judith Pearson read from John. For his sermon Jim told about a friend who had a comfortable life as a financier who changed to a less stressful job as a school caretaker with a much smaller income which led to a more comfortable lifestyle. Jim compared this to the Gospel and Bible readings which featured Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Intercession Prayers were prepared and presented by Judith Pearson which referred to the current Treasures revealed project in addition to the usual prayers. The children from Sunday School together with their leaders Joan Morton, Debbie Yates and Charles Ross joined the service. They presented a model of The Good Shepherd they had made. Before closing the service with the Blessing Jim reminded everyone about the weeks events which included Treasures Revealed, all week and Bank Holiday Monday with a fair in church with various stalls . Next Sunday morning will be a Family Service on the theme of Christian Aid.
Bank Holiday Monday saw a steady trickle of visitors to theTreasures revealed event. Brian Hollingworth was an importantcontributor kept busy explaining his display and answering questions. It turned out to be a very interesting occasion as the many comments, in the visitors book confirm.
The family service at St Bartholomew’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and Samantha Crook, the reader was Elsie Lingard, sides-persons were Kevin and Pat Purcell, and coffee was served after the service by Joan Gee, Joan Bradbury and Mable Smithies.
A production by the Operatic Society of ‘allo ‘allo will be held at the Parochial Hall, from 12-16 May, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 from Duncan’s Barbers, on 01484 845311 (shop hours only).
A Royal Ascot Ladies Day fund-raising event to raise funds for St Bartholomew’s Church will be held on June 18 at the Hey Green Hotel, Marsden. Tickets are £35 which include a reception at 12noon, buffet lunch, full afternoon tea with big screen tv. Tickets from 07826273960.
Morning worship on Sunday at the United Church was led by Mrs Elaine Nixon and the organist was Christine Gledhill. Next Sunday, May 10 there will be a special service for the beginning of Christian Aid week which will be led by the young people of the church at 10.30am.
At Midweek bible class at Milnsbridge Christadelphians Mr I Gray of Cleckheaton gave a talk on A Conversation with Nehemiah. On Sunday evening Mr K Charlesworth from Milnsbridge introduced a DVD on The Prophecy of Israel.
A drop-in lunch was held on Wednesday at Parkwood Methodist Church, and the menu consisted of savoury sausages, potatoes and vegetables, apple crumble, treacle sponge, rice pudding, black forrest gateux, tea or coffee, and was organised by Jean Bedford assisted by ladies of the church. The church also had a 140th anniversary celebration meal on Saturday evening, which was catered by Andrew Morley, with musical entertainment by Rick Berrisforth, also a quiz by Joe Lloyd. Joe Lloyd welcomed people to the Methodist Church on Sunday morning with guest preacher Mr David Spencer, organist Kenneth Rothery, coffee was served after the service by Mary Rothery and Gareth Beaumont. The Church will be open on Saturday, May 9, 10am-4pm, as part of Golcar Lily Day. Refreshments will be available all day, and entertainment from 12.30-2.15pm by Pennine Singers and Huddersfield Wind Band.
Slaithwaite Good Companions met last Thursday, introduced by Pauline Ayre. The speaker was Mary Sykes, a retired nurse and midwife, who recited poems and monologues, some of which she had learned as a child which were very humorous. She was thanked by Hilary Ellis and the pianist was Pauline Ayre. St James’ Parish Church family service on Sunday was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, the lesson was read by Peter Brown, the address by Rev Robin, giving an outline of his annual report, prayers Dorothy Gledhill, and pianist Hiroko Townsend. Following the coffee break the church AGM was held.
Sunday worship at the Methodist Church was led by Mr John Mason, of Marsh. The theme of his sermon was The Good Shepherd. Verses from Psalm 23 were read by Pauline Gee and the gospel reading from John was by Marjorie Crowther. The organist was Wendy Redferan