On Tuesday August 12 the Mothers Union met in the community room at St John’s Church. Leader Dorothy Holden opened the meeting with prayers and welcomed Monica Dodds, Diocesan vice-president of the Mothers Union, who gave an interesting and informative talk on Prayer. Supper lady was Marjorie Harrison.
Canon Martyn Crompton welcomed the congregation at St John’s Church and was celebrant at Sunday’s Parish Communion service. Patricia Walker gave the reading and Margaret Laycock led prayers. Ann Norton was the organist and coffee and biscuits were served afterwards in the community room.
Sunday morning service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson and organist was Calinda Stockhill. The service included Communion and servers were Connie Pearson and Dave Howard.
Golcar Baptist Tuesday Forum was a do-it-yourself fun day with members speaking about incidents, contributing stories or playing games. Tea hostesses were Olga Whitehead and Audrey Stott.
Sunday morning worship, including Communion, at Golcar Providence Church was led by the Rev Pam Ward. The theme was Passion and Priority. Lessons were read by Ian Day and David Knight and Margaret Israel was organist.
Chairman of the West Yorkshire Methodist District, the Rev Peter Whittaker, was preacher at Linthwaite Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Readers were Ian Baxter and Joanna Ambler, who were both celebrating birthdays. Organist was Linda Nuttall and coffee and biscuits were served afterwards. Vestibule welcomers were Shirley and Dennis Edwards.
Sunday morning service at Christ Church was taken by the Rev Laurence Wood, who preached, prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Joan Bedford and Ann Leigh.
After the service, churchwarden Russell Wattam presented the vicar with a cheque to mark his retirement. The Rev Wood’s connections with the church go back to the 1950s and 60s and the congregation wished him well for the future. Refreshments were served afterwards.
Evening service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who gave a blessing. Lessons were read by the Rev Jenni Honeyman and Margaret McQuillan and Ann Leigh preached and prayed.
During the past week, a beetle drive and pie and peas supper, raised £81 for church funds and a 70th birthday celebration – held in lieu of gifts – raised a further £256.50.
Sung Eucharist at St Mark’s Church, on the 13th Sunday after Trinity, was led by guest celebrant Canon Henry Stapleton. The organist was Phil Turner, who, with the choir led the singing. Bible readings were by Dorothy and David Verlander, who read from Isaiah and Romans. David also performed the duties of server. In his sermon, Henry related to the Gospel story where a woman asked Jesus to release her daughter from being plagued by demons. Henry also connected many Saints with their good deeds in Faith and commented on a statue in St Mark’s church of the Blessed Virgin whose feast day was celebrated on August 15 by the church’s Roman Catholic friends. Saints such as Clare– founder of the order of nuns called the Poor Clares – Florence Nightingale, and in modern times Maximilian Kolbe, who in the 2nd World War, when in a German concentration camp sacrificed himself in a gas chamber to save another prisoner. All of these saints showed their Faith by their examples. Intercession prayers were prepared and presented by Judith Pearson. These included the usual ones for Parish Priest Jim Hunt and his wife Carol. In addition special prayers for Carol’s motherJoyce Horsfall, who the congregation were informed was suffering from another stroke and was very ill. The service concluded with the Blessing from Canon Henry.
The news sheet included Vicarage Garden Party on September 6 and Longwood Sing weekend when the church will be open for visitors on Saturday morning September 13, with refreshments available from 10am until 12.30pm.
Sunday morning worship at the United Church, was led by Christine Shaw and Jean Broome was the reader. Christine Gledhill was organist. Welcomers were Barrie Biltcliffe and Margaret Casson and Ivy Milton was in charge of flowers.
Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and reader was David Corpes. Prayers were led by Joan Biggs and organist was Denis Brook. Sidesmen were Jean Pennington, Mary Horne, and Joan Ladbrooke and coffee was served by Alison Fisher, Evelyn Laidlaw, Pat Burgess and Glenys Ward.
Brenda Richardson and Yvonne Armitage were callers for bingo at this week’s meeting of Milnsbridge Over 60s. Raffle prizes were won by Irene Bone, Cyril Howard and Brenda Richardson.
The Over 60s enjoyed a trip to Oswaldwistle Mills, Accrington and then Southport.
Mr D Stoneley from Heywood was speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class when his subject was ‘Woe to Idumea, Blessings on Zion’ – taken from Isaiah, chapters 34-35.
Speaker on Sunday’s service was Mr T Whittaker from Newcastle-under-Lyne, when the title of his talk was ‘The Lie’: Once Saved Always Saved.
A community all-morning breakfast was served at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, organised by Anne Graham and Vanessa Ivey, assisted by church members.
A coffee afternoon, held at the home of Helen, Ian and Lucy McLintock and including a bring-and-buy stall, raised £173 for Parkwood Methodist Church funds.
Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Ian Spencer and organist was Susanne Smelt. Coffee was served afterwards by Enid
Slaithwaite and District Horticultural and Allotments Society’s 101st annual show will be held at Slaithwaite Bandroom, Castle Lane, Inghead, Slaithwaite on Saturday August 30. The event is open to the public at 6pm, with the presentation of prizes at 7pm by Paul Marshall, Kirklees Nursery Manager.
Last Sunday’s service at the Methodist Church was led by Brenda Ellis of Ainley Top and included a sketch by Gordon Ellis and Roger Mitchell, entitled House On Sand. Jenny Perkins read from Matthew and Jennifer Cameron from Deuteronomy. Richard Hoyle from Salendine Nook was the preacher at this Sunday’s service. Readings were by Jacqueline Mitchell from Isaiah and from Matthew by Richard. Organist was Roger Mitchell.
The Women’s Fellowship Group held their first meeting after a short holiday break with Ann Walker in the chair. She introduced Ted Shaw, who gave a most interesting and informative slide show on a holiday in America which he and his wide had enjoyed. Maureen Weaving was the pianist and tea and cakes were served afterwards by members.
Slaithwaite Good Companions were entertained by Ann Wilkes, a young singer with a delightful range of music. She was accompanied by her father on piano and her grandfather acted as compere. They also sang together and members joined in the choruses. The entertainers were introduced by Joan Dransfield and thanked by Hilda Haigh.
Sunday morning Communion service at St James’ Church was led by Canon Stephen Henry, who also gave the address. He was assisted by Raymond Denton, who also read the lesson. Prayers were offered by Chris Dunkeyson and organist was Alvi Whitehead.