Imran Hussain and Sue Brookes will talk about Chaplaincy at a meeting of Golcar Together Group in the Baptist Church on Monday October 20.

The Rev Brenda Mitchell led the Family Service at St John’s Church on Sunday morning, At the start of the service Sunday Club children lit candles to symbolise Jesus as The Light Of The World. The reading was given by Christopher Bamford. Rev Brenda welcomed Matthew Lunn from Knowle Court Residential Home, who talked about caring for older relations when families at home are no longer able to cope. Sue Starr and Anne Crosland gave an account of their own personal experiences. Prayers were led by Betty Taylor and Richard Lodge. Ann Norton played the piano and Helen Davies the guitar.

At a Welcome Service in the afternoon, the Rev Brenda Mitchell baptised Jasmine Ruby Cromwell.

Ladies’ Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by Connie Pearson. The children’s address and the main address were both given by Michelle Thompson. Reader was Jeanne Johnson and organist was Calinda Stockhill. Ladies from the church attended the Women’s Rally at Upper Slaithwaite Church on Tuesday.

Golcar Providence Bright Hour held their harvest meeting, led by Barbara Hallas. Members brought leaves, pebbles and conkers and Barbara spoke about them. Harvest verses were read and Dorothy Charlesworth and Nancy Meadows sang solos and Frank Meadows was the pianist.

Sunday morning worship at Golcar Providence was led by Christine Shaw. Psalm 23 was read by the congregation and gospel and Old Testament readings were by Susan Brown and Ian Day. David Hollingworth was the organist.

A second-hand book sale at Providence Chapel for Golcar Lily Day, raised around £800.


Linthwaite Methodist Church Tombola Team Ladies are presenting an Evening Of Miss Lucy Fairbank’s Films – which will be shown by Ian Baxter – in the Church Centre on Wednesday November 12.

Harvest Festival Family Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Worship Leader Ali Dwyer, assisted by Graham Hirst, Sue Howard, John Morrison and Ian Baxter. The children also took part. Organist was Linda Nuttall. The service was followed by a meal and there was a retiring collection for the Forget Me Not Trust. Windows and the sanctuary had been decorated by Mairi MacKay, Sue Howard and Margaret Moriarty.

An all-age Harvest Festival service was held on Sunday morning at Christ Church, led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Guides and Brownies gave an excellent presentation based on the word Harvest, with readings by Eleanor Rushworth and Amelia Garner. Prayers were offered by the Rev Jenni Honeyman and pianist was Katherine Longbottom.

In the evening, the Harvest service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and the Rev Jenni Honeyman. Ann Leigh preached and prayed and organist was Derek Horne.

A Harvest Supper on Monday evening raised £150 for church funds.


Before leading the Harvest Festival Family service at St Mark’s Church, Rev Jim Hunt made a sad announcement about churchwarden, Linda Barker, who os in intensive care at Leeds General Infirmary. Jim asked all to pray for her, her husband Roger and son Josh and family. Philip Turner, his music group and choir then welcomed the large congregation by singing Come, Now Is The Time To Worship. The worshippers included many children and members of the uniformed organisations of scouts, guides, brownies, beavers and cubs, as well as the young church with their leaders, Joan Morton and Debbie Yates. Because proceeds from the Harvest Gifts, this year, are going to the Link Parish, Kowak in Tanzania, an African theme prevailed. The first song was Siyahamba, led by Rev Jim, who demonstrated his command of Swahili pronunciation and his special shirt – a gift from Christian friends in Kowak, and their Pastor Nelson Nyamongo. The Gloria was sung enthusiastically and the gradual hymn was We Plough The Fields and Ccatter. Following the Gospel reading, and with the aid of a power point presentation by Nikki Gaukroger, Jim talked about our link parish in Kowak project, building a new church. The talk was illustrated with photographs from Kowak, and Jim explained the need for a roof on the new church which would also help the drought situation by collecting rain water when appropriate. Jim then re-lit the Easter Candle and welcomed recently Baptised Haydn and Miles, together with parents Cathy and Jason, and presented them with their candles. Walk in the Light was sung and prayers were read by Sue Smith.Harvest gifts were taken to the front of church, to the singing of All Things Bright and Beautiful and Water of Life. During Communion Jim was assisted by Chris Jones. Following Communion the final hymn which was accompanied with castanets and appropriate clapping was We Shall Go Out With Joy”and the service concluded with the now familiar Celtic Blessing sung by Jim processing through church with the children.

The Parish and Community centre was the venue for the Parish Lunch, prepared by Jane Venables, assisted by Liz Gray and other helpers. Following this urplus Harvest gifts were auctioned by Stephen Turner and £140 was raised.


It being Marsden Jazz Festival, on Saturday afternoon a table top sale was held at the United Church, Marsden, followed by a concert by Huddersfield Young Singers in church in the afternoon. Refreshments were served afterwards.

On Sunday, the Rev Peter Hancock, Circuit Superintendent Minister with the Methodist Church, led the 16th annual Jazz Service at the United Church, with music by the New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band and songs by Carolyn Topsy Hilton. Tea and coffee was served afterwards.

On Jazz Festival Saturday, St Bartholomew’s Church members ran stalls, including books, and a tombola, and served refreshments all day.

An evening concert in church was given by Laurie Briggs and her Quartet and was very well received. Laurie is a multi-talented singer and actress, who has just returned from the USA and is due to tour Hong Kong with the ‘Carpenters’, before returning to the States for recording work. Compere for the evening was Elsie Lingard.

On Sunday it was dedication fellowship at church with communion and procession, led by the Rev Geoff Clay. Reader was Elizabeth Knight and prayers were offered by David Corps. Coffee was served by Mabel Smithies, Joan Gee and Joan Bradbury. Afterwards, church members again manned stalls and served refreshments.

The Operatic Society will present a revue, Let’s Go To The Movies, between October 21 and 25. Tickets, priced £7, are available from Duncan Barbers. This will be a cabaret-style evening with a bar.


Mr D Marshall of Halifax was the speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class, talking about Titus, chapter two. On Sunday evening, Mr K Charlesworth of Milnsbridge spoke on A Law For Life.

Yvonne Armitage and Brenda Richardson were callers for bingo at a meeting og Milnsbridge Over 60s Club. Raffle prizes were won by Dorothy Haley, Marie Brook and Margaret May.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church when guest speaker was Anne Lord, who talked about Colne Valley Museum. Jean Johnson was in the chair and pianist was Kenneth Rothery. Refreshments were served by Barbara Beevers, Betty Sykes and Phyllis Smith.

Sandra and Phil McSweeney welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning when guest preacher was Wendy Blackburn. Readers were Christine Johnson and Gareth Beaumont. Organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service by Rene Wyatt and Muriel Ferrari.


Scapegoat Hill Baptist Church held a short service at the chapel in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on Sunday morning. This was broadcast over the hospital radio, to people on the wards who were unable to attend in person.

Returning to Scapegoat Hill, Harvest Thanksgiving was celebrated, in a church beautifully decorated by Adrian Pattinson and Billy Walker. Margaret France and Sheila Tatham read from Matthew chapter 6, and with the help of John Stephenson and Heidi Ellis, Pastor David Humphries illustrated how God provides for us, so that we have no need to be oppressed by worry. In the evening there was a further Harvest celebration, and collections were taken at both services for Operation Agri. Members of the music group accompanied the worship, as hymns of praise and thanks were given to God for his provision.


The Methodist Women’s Fellowship held an own-arrangement day and bring-and-buy stall on Tuesday. Ann Walker was in the chair, led prayer and read from Psalms. Members then enjoyed a beetle drive. Birthday greetings were sung for Ann and cakes and tea were served. Two members of the Fellowship attended the Network meeting in Huddersfield Mission on Friday.

On Thursday evening the Wesley Guild held its first meeting of the autumn session with Gordon Ellis chairman. Speaker was the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddall, who asked the question: Are there Animals In Heaven? using passages from the Bible to illustrate her talk. She brought along two of her own unusual animals (made of metal). The ladies served supper.

Sunday worship was led by the Rev Joanne Archer-Siddall and the service included the baptism of Lily Rose Woodward, the vicar enlisting the help of children in the congregation to help with the symbols of baptism. Ann Walker read from St Mark and Hilary and Gordon Ellis, grandparents of Lily Rose, also gave readings. Sandra Dalton presented the baptismal candle. Jane and Simon, parents of Lily Rose, were supported by fellow members of Marsden Band, who played before and at the end of the service and accompanied two of the hymns. Holy Communion was observed at the close of the service. Organist was Wendy Redfearn.

Members of Mikron Theatre entertained the Good Companions, when Erica, Gemma, Adrian and Daniel played a range of musical instruments and played many parts. Topics included debt and the Co-operative movement over the years. The highlight was an hilarious song by Adrian and Daniel, entitled Mr Rigor and Mr Mortis. They were introduced by Maureen Weaving and thanked by Pat Parkinson.

St James’ Church Holy Communion was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, lay reader, and Raymond Denton. A lesson was read by Dorothy Gledhill and prayers were offered by Margaret Ingham. The Music Group led the signing and pianist was Hiroko Townsend, with organist Alvi Whitehead. After the coffee break, the Rev Robin led a baptism service when three youngsters were christened. They were Lucie Grace and baby Jack Oliver, daughter and son of Simon and Joanne Meeres and baby Kadie Lee, daughter of David and Tracey Williams.