Mr Brian Williams led worship at the Methodist Church when Mr Paul Grant read the lesson and Mrs Eileen Littlewood was the pianist.
Members of St George’s Church attended a service at St Mary’s Church, Honley, The service provided another opportunity to say goodbye to the Rev David Barnes, who is moving to Cornwall.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton when Ian Gold read the lesson. Friday evening prayers were led by Carolyn Burley. That was followed by an Epiphany party in the parish hall when a buffet supper was organised by Margaret Tupling. Entertainment was organised by Ian Gold.
The parish Eucharist and covenant service at St David’s Church on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamforth. Lessons were read by Glynnis Askew and Margaret Tupling. Intercessions were led by Ian Gold and the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. Eddie Purcell was the organist. During the service, the children enacted the visit of the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church at 10.30am to mark the first Sunday after Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ. He was assisted with the chalice by Brian Shaw. Chris Headley read the lesson, the intercessions were led by Sue Winter and sidesmen were Alan and Vicki Winpenny. The organist was Jane Robertson. After the service, Elizabeth and Richard Sheard served coffee in the Gallery room. Tickets were on sale for the Sound of Music singalong, which will take place on Saturday January 28 at 2pm. There will be prizes for the best costume and plenty of opportunity to enjoy participating in the well known songs, so do come along for a fun afternoon. All welcome.
Sunday service at Holmfirth Methodist Church was led by the Rev Charlotte Lorimer on the theme of accepting the Holy Spirit when becoming a Christian. The Old Testament was read by Bob Rudd and was from Genesis, chapter one, which tells of the Holy Spirit being over the earth even at the time of creation. The New Testament, from Mark chapter one, was read by Kim Brook and spoke of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus at the time of his baptism in the River Jordan. The Rev Charlotte explained that as Christians we need the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire us as we walk the Christian path. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives we are merely on the edge trying to do things in our own strength. Also, she explained that we need the Holy Spirit to give us movement to carry on, the energy to continue moving forward and the power to understand what God is asking of us. An analogy of a child at the swimming pool was used to explain this. Although she had confidence in her father, she still would not slip into the water, but as the father came close to the child, she slipped into his arms and eventually into the water. We need confidence in God, our Father, to gain the Holy Spirit. Holy Communion was celebrated at the end of the service. Carol Hamer played the piano, Barbara Verity played the organ and the singing was led by the choir. Prayers for the church were led by Andrew Denton. The AGM followed the service.
Mr David Calverley gave an illustrated talk on the Lake District at a meeting of the Probus Club in the community centre. His commentary, which contained many interesting facts, was accompanied by pictures from a wide range of locations at all seasons of the year. Colin Hill proposed the vote of thanks.
The congregations and choirs of St Mary’s Church and St George’s Church met for parish Eucharist, which was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes on his last Sunday in the parish before moving to a new post in Bude, Cornwall. Margaret Wainwright read the lesson and intercessions were led by Jane and Graham Wardman. The organist was Michael Clarke. During the service, the joint choirs sang two items accompanied by Jean Chadwick. Following the service, presentations were made to David by the churchwardens of both churches and by Honley Players. Dean Henry Stapleton spoke about the contributions to parish and village life made by David during his twelve-and-a-half years’ service as vicar. The morning ended with a buffet served by the ladies of St Mary's Church.
On Sunday at the Methodist Church, the Rev Laura Hardy was the preacher . The congregation were welcomed by Geraldine Hartley and Christine Haigh and Julia Noble was the organist . The readings from the Bible were Genesis 1 and Psalm 29 read by Norman Kelly.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also the celebrant. A faith lunch followed in the meeting room.
Family communion at St John’s Church on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and led prayers. The readers were Sue Legge and Hilary Roberts. Bill Brown assisted with the chalice. Ian Greenhalgh was the organist. Refreshments were served afterwards by Ruth Schorah.
On Sunday, the congregation of St Mary’s Church met to share Communion. The Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service and spoke about the Epiphany being the showing of Jesus to the world, of the three Wise Men representing the nations of the world and Jesus being the light of the world. Liz Pearson was the organist, Margaret Trayte assisted at the altar and Louise Brook read the lessons.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Granville Dews. The organist was Nigel Morris.