The Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Hawley, from Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church. The organist was Calinda Stockhill, the pianist was Chris Woodhead and the reader was Connie Pearson.
The early service in the Royal Infirmary Hope Chapel was led by the Rev Pam Ward. Lessons were read by Nancy Meadows and David Knight. Frank Meadows was pianist. The service at Golcar Providence Church was led by Andrew Marchington, lessons were read by Sheila Pearson, Stewart Culpan and Barbara Hallas, Chris Pearson was organist.
St John’s Church was the venue on March 26, 27 and 28, for a pantomime, written, produced and directed by Sue Starr, entitled “Strictly Pantomime” and performed by the St John players. A very topical story for today was the recession has struck and our favourite pantomime characters are out of work. The solution is to re-train at fairy odd mothers acting workshop. A brilliant cast of 12 children and 16 adults sang, danced and faced challenges hoping to salvage their pantomime careers. Margaret Laycock was the musical director and the backing group was piano - Ann Norton, clarinet - Gail Smith, saxophone - Judith Cruickshank, percussion - Sandra Quarmby. After the Saturday evening performance a vote of thanks was given by the vicar Cannon Martin Crompton to all involved in the show, including the teams involved with lighting, sound, make-up and props, and to Linthwaite Methodist Church for the loan of costumes.
Cannon Martin Crompton was the leader of the parish communion for lent service at St John’s Church. Also giving the gospel reading and preaching. The old and new testament readings were given by Roger Hanson. Stephen Barraclough led intercession prayers. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth had planted seeds and are now waiting for the seeds to grow, as a sign of new life. Ann Norton was the organist. There is no service at St John’s next Sunday morning, April 5, but there will be a procession from Jubilee Square at 10am down to Providence Methodist Church where a joint service will take place at 10.30am. A Taize service will be held at St John’s in the evening at 6.30pm.
The Passion Sunday morning service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Rev Deborah Hopkinson on the theme of Christ’s Suffering. Readers were Mrs Hilary Baxter, Mrs Peggy MacKay and Mrs Margaret Tennant, who read various verses from the bible relating to the time of when Christ was betrayed up to his Crucifixion. Mrs Linda Nuttall was the organist.
Linthwaite Methodist’s Psalm Sunday Service at 10.30am will be led by Mr Stuart Rudd, and at 6pm there will be a Songs Of Praise Service led by the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall.
The Sunday morning service at Christ Church, Linthwaite was led by the Rev David Wilding, who, preached, prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by David Hyde and Ann Leigh and the organist was Rhona Jepson. The evening service was led by the Rev Jennie Honeyman who also read a lesson and gave a blessing. A lesson was also read by Margaret McQuillan and Anne Leigh preached and prayed. The organist was Derek Horne.
Longwood village activities over the past few weeks have included a popular Mothers Day Family Service at St Mark’s Church, conducted by Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt. A capacity congregation included representatives of the uniformed services and leaders. Music was provided by Philip Turner, his music group and choir, who also performed All Things Bright and Beautiful, as arranged by John Rutter. Jim was assisted in his address by members of the uniformed organisations and congregation talking about their mothers. A special display, on the Lady Chapel altar, by Phyllis Kaye was used to encourage the lighting of candles in memory of people’s mothers and young Beavers, Scouts and Guides distributed posies of flowers and cards to mothers in the congregation. The children also joined the Music Group to play Give Me Oil In My Lamp. The service concluded with the Blessing and was followed in the Parish Centre with another Lent Lunch of soup, rolls, tea, coffee with biscuits.
On Sunday morning at St Mark’s Church, Rev Jim Hunt, assisted by Chris Jones led sung Eucharist. Philip Turner was the organist and Rev Jim led singing. Bible readings were by Dilys Eastwood and Phyllis Kaye. For his sermon Jim chose to reflect on St Ignatius’ method of understanding readings by imagining the sounds and smells of the time they were written. Margaret Haigh presented intercession prayers before the young church and leaders Joan Morton and Charles Ross joined the service. The children showed Jim the green section (representing the serpent) and blue (love) of a rainbow they hoped to complete for next week. The service concluded with Jim publishing, for the third time, wedding banns for Matthew Ivor Johnson, and Helen Mosby as well as Matthew Craig Jagger and Louise Nicol Elvidge. Jim also announced the Lent lunch of home-made soups, fresh rolls, tea, coffee and biscuits would follow in the Parish Centre for the last time this year.
Morning worship on Sunday at Marsden United Church, was led by Mr J Francis Horton. Bible readings were by Margaret Casson and Norman Diaz. The organist was Christine Gledhill. Next Sunday worship for Palm Sunday will begin in the church car park with a donkey there.
Holy Communion at St Bartholomew's Church was led by Geoff Clay, the organist was James Harker, the reader was Dennis Brook and prayers were by Joan Biggs. The sidespeople were Brian Mitchell, Bunnie Lonnen and Margaret Hall. Coffee was served by Joan Gee, Joan Bradbury and Mabel Smithies, followed by the AGM, the chair was the Rev Clay. 42 people were present. Churchwardens were David Fisher and Elizabeth Knight, the Deanery Synod was David Core, Geoff Holroyd and Carolyn Hansom. The new PCC was Pat Burgess, Audrey Armitage, Joan Biggs, Alison Gibson, Diane Beaumont and Elsie Lingard. Thanks were given to Jan Benn, retiring secretary, and Jenny Mitchell. Bell ringers are needed, contact D Fisher on 01484 325176.
Milnsbridge Christadelphians met on Wednesday when Mr D Stonely from Heywood gave a talk on “The House of Prayer for All Nations” based on Isaiah 56. On Sunday evening Mr T Griffiths from Sale gave talk on “Earthquakes and the Return of Jesus”.
Mrs Richardson and Mrs Bush called the bingo at Milnsbridge Over 60’s. There were birthday greetings from Mrs Dorothy Sykes and Mrs Margaret May. The raffle prizes were won Mrs Joan Hirst, Mrs Hazel Hinchliffe and Mrs Audrey Watmuff.
A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church, with guest speaker Mr Joe Lloyd on Photography. In the chair Jean Johnson, pianist Kenneth Rothery, refreshments were served by Barbara Beevers. A Spring Fair was held on Saturday at Parkwood Methodist Church with church and charity stalls, also refreshments all day. The sum of £460 was raised for church funds. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning, with guest preacher Mrs Judith Robinson, organist Kenneth Rothery, the whip and text reading were placed on the Lenten cross. A faith lunch was held after the service.
Slaithwaite Good Companions met on Thursday welcomed by Joan Dransfield. The speaker was Mrs Dorothy Foster who entertained with poems she had written and with amusing visual aids. A real fun afternoon. She was thanked by Hilda Haigh and the pianist was Pat Muirhead. The Sunday service at St James’ Parish Church was a Holy Communion service led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, layreader and Raymond Denton. The lesson was read by Alison Parkinson. The address by Simon Parkinson, the theme being “The Passion”. Prayers by the Rev Robin, the pianist was Hiroko Townsend and the organist was Alvy Whitehead. A Lenten meeting at St James’ Church shared with Slaithwaite Methodist Church led by the Rev Robin Townsend, with the theme “Transforming Lives” and this week it was “Working with God in your Community”. This was the last week of the series.
An Own Arrangement Day was held by the Methodist Women’s Fellowship Group on Tuesday. Pauline Gee was in the chair and led prayers. Members enjoyed a Beetle Drive and afternoon tea was provided by Barbara Clay on the occasion of her 80th birthday.
The Wesley Guild was held on Thursday evening. Roger Mitchell was chairman and introduced the speaker Marjorie Crowther who told the story of the 20th century missionary Gwen Ash, who worked in Africa. Roger thanked her for a very interesting evening And the Christian service committee ladies served supper.
The service at the Methodist Church on the 5th Sunday of Lent was led by the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddal. The whip was laid on the Cross and the Lenten readings were by Roger and Jacqueline Mitchell. The theme of the sermon was Lift High the Tree and Beryl Smith read from St John’s Gospel. The service included Holy Communion and the organist was Wendy Redfearn.