The Association of Christian Fellowship of St Barnabas’ Church held their monthly meeting in the Parish Hall. The leader Susan Tattersley opened the meeting with a short reading of appropriate verse, after which she introduced the speaker and entertainer Graham Barraclough from Mirfield. Mr Barraclough gave a full and very amusing account of his past employment as entertainments organiser for Kirklees, which included events in the parks, concerts, circuses and theatre performances. He has also performed on stage himself and now works as a children’s entertainer under the name of ‘Gee Whiz’. A vote of thanks was proposed to Mr Barraclough by Margaret Sigsworth and the hostesses for the evening were Andrea Turner and June Ringe.
Golcar Baptist Church celebrated Golcar Lily day on Saturday, and the entertainment was provided by Golcar Band and Shelley Wind Band. There was also an art exhibition downstairs with a chance to exercise your own talent. Refreshments were provided all day. On Sunday the service was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson, the organist was Calinda Stockhill, the pianist was Chris Woodhead, and the reader was Hilary Lindsay.
As part of the celebrations of Golcar Lily weekend St John’s Church was open from 7.30am until 4pm, serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas. Fantastic entertainment in the church was provided by Beech School Gospel Choir, the New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band, Colne Valley Male Voice Choir and Take It Easy singing songs from the sixties. Refreshments were also served on the vicarage lawn. At the Sunday celebration praise service Rev Brenda Mitchell welcomed the congregation and the band, Vintage Brass, who played for the service. Maggie Cuss and Chris Bamford gave bible readings, the gospel reading and address was given by Rev Brenda, from John Chapter 15, verses 1-8, Jesus the True Vine. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth joined in the service showing the vine and grapes made earlier, afterwards refreshments were served in the community room.
The speaker at the Bright Hour meeting at Golcar Providence Church was the Rev Peter Hancock, his subject was “Looking Back and Looking Forward”. Barbara Hallas was the chairlady and Nancy Meadows was the pianist. At the friendship group the speaker was Chris Freeman, who showed slides and spoke about three cities and a wedding, Sheila Pearson was the chairlady, Nancy Meadows the pianist and the supper ladies were Gillian Beever and Gwen Iredale.
Golcar Lily Day at the Providence Church was very busy with many musical groups and singers taking part, refreshments and light lunches were served all day.
The Sunday morning service at Golcar Providence Church was the junior church anniversary, led by the young people and staff, and Andrew Marchington and Liz Bishop baptised Jordan and Caitlin. Margaret Israel was the organist. The evening Golcar Lily service was led by Liz Bishop and Andrew Marchington, readings were Stewart Coulpan, Marion Hall and Connie Pearson. Four items were sung by the combined choir and Malcolm Fairless was the conductor, Chris Pearson was the organist.
At Christ Church an all-age family Eucharist service was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman, who also gave a blessing. Ann Leigh prayed and spoke about the True Vine assisted by Margaret McQuillan and Dorothy Haley. The pianist was Kathryn Longbottom. In the evening a Said Evensong was led by Derek Horne, who also read a lesson and prayed.
Linthwaite Methodist Sunday School celebrated the 196th Sunday School Anniversary with the Service entitled ‘Colour.’ Led by the Sunday School Secretary Sue Howard, the theme was how important colour is in our lives. The story of Joseph and his coat of many colours was read by William Morrison and Rosie Bamforth, Mr Ian Baxter read an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream’ speech. The children with the help of the Sunday school teachers enacted the story of the Rainbow People and sang two songs with Janie Bamforth dancing to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The choir sang How great the Father’s love as an anthem and the organist was Linda Nuttall. The service concluded with the whole congregation singing the church anthem Harvest Gladness’ known as The Drop, which is a long standing tradition.
Linthwaite Methodist Sports Club is holding a President’s Open Day tomorrow (Sunday) from 1pm, and invite anyone who wishes to either start playing tennis or who would like to join a club to come along and have a go!
At Marsden United Church on Sunday, morning worship was a special service for the start of Christian Aid week and was led by the young people of the church. It was an all-age worship, a powerpoint presentation was used to illustrate, a video was shown and the congregation completed a crossword. The bible readings were by Jean Broome and Claire Woffenden. A picture story was shown about one of the bible readings at the same time that it was read. A picture of helping hands was prepared by the children. The organist was Christine Gledhill.
Holy communion at St Bartholomew's Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay, the organist was James Harker, reader was Malcolm Whitehead and sidespersons were Kevin and Pat Purcell. Coffee was served by Joan Bradbury, Mabel Smithies and Joan Gee.
At Milnsbridge Christadelphians Midweek Bible Class, Mr M Rose from Milnsbridge gave a talk on Angels We Know, and on Sunday evening Mr T Pritchard, from Leamington, gave a talk on If There Is A God Has He Forsaken the World?
A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. Guest speaker was Mrs Wendy Blackburn on History of Black Embroidery. In the chair Jean Johnson, pianist Kenneth Rothery, refreshments served by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers. Parkwood Methodist Church took part in the Golcar Lily Day with members’ craftwork displayed around the church and an exhibition by Longwood Arts Society. Refreshments all day with entertainment by the Pennine Singers conducted by Gareth Beaumont and Huddersfield Wind Band. Plus the tombola stall at Town End, Golcar. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a Christian Aid service at Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning with guest preacher Mr Arthur Preston, readers Jean Johnson and Christine Johnson, organist Kenneth Rothery, coffee was served after the service by Margaret Noble. Huddersfield Young Singers Little Voices present a concert at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, May 16, at 3pm. Adm £5 inc afternoon tea.
Slaithwaite Good Companions met last Thursday, welcomed and introduced by Patricia Parkinson. The speaker was David Barraclough who gave a humorous talk on the people he met while delivering flowers and plants, also about his time in India. He was thanked by Maureen Weaving who was also the pianist. St James’ Parish Church holy communion service was held on Sunday led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton, lesson read by Dorothy Gledhill, the address given by Heather Croft on the theme Jesus and the Vine and how it relates to our lives today and we move forward in our Christian life, and prayers by Rev Robin. The young children of the Sunday school told of the life of Jacob and Esau, and did a quiz with the congregation taking part. The music group led the singing and the pianist was Hiroko Townsend, and the organist was Alvy Whitehead. St James’ Church Mothers Union met on Wednesday and held a short service followed by their AGM. Re-elected branch leader Patricia Parkinson, secretary Pamela Denton, treasurer Susan Shaw, prayer and spirituality Margaret Ingham, also Jean Clayton and Jacqueline Haigh.
Jean and Raymond Brook led 10 walkers on the bank holiday walk of four miles from Ripponden via Hoyland Town and Mill Bank. The weather remained fine for the walk.
On Tuesday the Methodist Women’s Fellowship met and welcomed Ann Walker in the chair who led prayers and gave the reading. The afternoon was spent in arranging the Easter Offerings Dedication Service which will take place in our church on Sunday next. Maureen Weaving was the pianist and refreshments were served by the tea rota ladies.
A coffee morning and plant sale in the schoolroom on Saturday featured cakes, cards, cloth and a Fairtrade stall manned by members. £505 was raised for church funds. It was organised by Barbara and Karsten Svensgaard.
Margaret Jenkins from the Pennine South circuit was the preacher at the Methodist Church on Sunday morning. The theme for her sermon was Faith in Action. Margaret read a new version of Psalm 23 and the gospel reading from Acts was by Mary Mercer. The organist was Roger Mitchell.