Members of the Crosland Moor Mothers’ Union celebrated Holy Communion in St Barnabas’ Church. The celebrant was Rev Laurence Wood assisted by Rev Jenni Honeyman and the lessons were read by Andrea Rattigan and Rev Jenni. Afterwards the members held their monthly meeting in the Parish Hall, chaired by the Branch Leader, Joyce Rawlinson. Speaker was Malvern Goodall who spoke about and produced samples of the interesting contents of his garage, all of which holds a memory. Margaret Morelli proposed the vote of thanks to Mr Goodall and the refreshments were served by Barbara France and Margaret Morelli.
The Rev Brenda Mitchell welcomed the congregation and led the Harvest Festival service on Sunday at St John’s Church. Canon Martyn Crompton was celebrant at Holy Communion. Roger Hanson gave the gospel reading from John, chapter six: Jesus The Bread Of Life. In place of a sermon, Sunday Club portrayed, with drawings and actions, the life of a seed until it becomes bread. Performed with enthusiasm, it was much appreciated by the congregation. Sylvia Hanson led the prayers with the help of Rainbow Guides, Brownie Guides and Sunday Club. In the Rainbows’ colour party were Hannah Armitage, Caitlin Savage and Ceris Roberts and the Brownies’ colour party comprised Chloe May, Imogen Moss and Harriet Moss. Ann Norton was the organist and refreshments were served after the service. A collection was taken for the work of the medical dispensary at Issenye School, Mara, Tanzania.
In the evening a Taize service was held, led by the Rev Brenda Mitchell and Kathryn Sykes. Margaret Laycock was the pianist.
Golcar Baptist Church held its church business meeting on Saturday evening. All officials were re-elected, while Lewis Bamforth was elected to the diaconate.
Sunday worship at the Baptist Church was led by the Rev Chris Thompson. Organist was Calinda Stockhill and pianist Chris Woodhead.
Golcar Providence Methodist Church’s first-ever Scarecrow Festival raised a superb £1,116 for funds. (See report and picture above). Sunday morning’s Scarecrow and Harvest Festival service at Golcar Providence Methodist Church was led by the Rev Pam Ward. The choir sang Harvest Gladness, conducted by Malcolm Fairless, while the Parable of the Sower were read by Janice Swallow and David Knight. Organist was Margaret Israel.
The church is sending out an invitation for all people in the district to visit church members at Holmfirth Parish Church next Saturday, October 18, (10am-4pm) when they will be manning a range of stalls, including books, cakes, tombola and bric-a-brac. Coffees and hot and cold lunches and teas will be served.
Former Examiner journalist Peter Hinchliffe spoke on Headline News at a meeting of Linthwaite Methodist Church Thursday Fellowship. Peter spoke of his time working in Huddersfield, Newcastle, America and Kenya. Peggy Mackay was in the chair and pianist was Jenny Baxter
The Sunday morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddall and included Communion. Reader was Lesley Baxter and organist was Linda Nuttall.
Sunday morning worship at St John’s Church was led by the Rev David Wilding, who preached, prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Sheila Bottomley and Margaret McQuillan. Organist was Derek Horne.
Evening service was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman and she and Derek Horne read lessons. The Rev Julian Perkins preached and prayed.
Today (Saturday) Harvest produce will be gratefully received in church before Sunday’s Harvest services at 10am and 6.30pm. St John’s will then host a Harvest Supper on Monday at 7.30pm.
Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt read several notices before leading the Sung Eucharist at St Mark’s Church, on 20th Sunday after Trinity.Jim was assisted by his wife Carol as server and music was by Philip Turner on the organ and the church choir. Bible readings were by Dorothy Verlander, reading Isaiah and David Verlander reading Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. For his sermon Jim talked about landlords and tenants, quoting his own experiences after leaving his parents’ home as a young man. Concluding, Jim compared the Christian Faith with God as landlord and the rest of us as tenants who are called to plant seeds of faith. Intercession prayers were prepared and presented by Margaret Haigh. A surprise diversion took place when members of the church family Dorothy and David Verlander renewed their marriage vows on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary. The service continued with the Peace ceremony and the service concluded with a Blessing and further reminders about the Harvest Festival Family Service, and Parish Lunch next Sunday. After lunch surplus items from the Harvest will be auctioned in aid of our Link Parish of Kowak in Tanzania. The revival of the 8am BCP service is on the same day as the monthly Family Services.
Sunday morning worship at the United Church, Marsden was led by Richard Hoyle. Organist was Christine Gledhill.
In connection with the Marsden Jazz Festival, the United Church, Marsden, will host the Huddersfield Young Singers today (Saturday), who will entertain between 2.30 and 5.30pm. Refreshments will be served all day until 6pm.
On Sunday morning (10.30am), the annual Jazz Service will feature the New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band and vocalist Carolyn Topsy Hilton. Tea and coffee will be served later.
The Sunday morning Family Service at St Bartholomew’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and reader was Audrey Armitage. The Junior Church learnt a new hymn – Jesus Is My Best Friend – and prayers were led by Junior Church member Harriet Fisher. James Lewis Muskett, son of Robin and Helen, was christened. Sidesmen were Joan Bradbury, Jean Pennington and Elizabeth Knight. Coffee was served in the hall afterwards.
As part on the Jazz Festival on Saturday, the church will be open between 10am and 4pm when there will be a wide variety of stalls, books, a tombola and refreshments.At 7.30pm Laurie Briggs and a quartet will entertain.
The church hall will be open on Sunday between 11am and 4pm with stalls and books for sale. Refreshments will also be available.
Mr P Barrett of Milnsbridge was the speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class when his subject was Lessons From The Potter. On Sunday, Mr B Guy of Southport spoke on Faith: A Necessity Of Life.
A Drop In Lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday morning, when the menu was sausage and bacon casserole, cream potatoes and swede, followed by a choice of apple crumble, treacle sponge, profiteroles and mincemeat ginger bread, tea or coffee. It was organised by Robin Whitham and Sheila Swaine, helped by church ladies.
On Saturday, Parkwood Methodist Church provided refreshments in Huddersfield Town Hall all day, plus stalls and a tombola. The sum of £407 was raised for church funds.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation at Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Robert Nicholls, assisted by Sandra McSweeney. Organist was Kenneth Rothery and coffee was served after the service by Gill Ritchie.
An all-community morning breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday October 18 from 9am until noon.
St James’ Parish Church Mothers’ Union organised a ploughman’s lunch followed by a speaker, when Margaret Laycock talked about the life of Gracie Fields. She was welcomed and thanked by branch leader Pat Parkinson.
Pat Parkinson introduced speaker Cate Clark at this week’s meeting of the Good Companions. She showed a film called Merrydale Magic, produced by the Friends of Merrydale. The project to restore the beauty spot has involved many members of the community including Two Gates and Wilberlee schoolchildren doing many activities from wildlife watching to creating artwork. The film also featured many older residents and their memories of the area. Hilary Ellis thanked the speaker and pianist was Maureen Weaving.
Sunday’s Harvest Festival service at St James’ was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, lay reader, and Raymond Denton. The theme was Africa and gifts donated were for educational purposes out there. Chris Dunkeyson told of her time in Tanzania with Huddersfield students. Wendy Mulligan, head of Nields Junior and Infant School, spoke of her visit and connections with a school in Uganda. Rachel and Martin Bailes spoke about their Christian work in Africa. Slaithwaite is linked with Magunga in the diocese of Mara which, in turn is linked with the Wakefield diocese. Prayers were offered by Jeanette Seed and pianist was Hiroko Townsend. A short Communion service was held after the coffee break.
The Harvest Festival service at the Methodist Church was led by Stuart Rudd of Lindley. Shirley Scott read the story of Ruth and Naomi and Stuart asked the congregation to think about What We Think We Want and What We Really Need. The congregation had brought along dried and tinned goods which will be passed on to the Huddersfield Mission and gifts of money, which will go to the Christian African Relief Trust. Organist was Margaret Stevenson and coffee was served at the close of the service.