Mr Paul Rand was the preacher on Sunday at the Methodist Church when the second Advent candle was lit. The reader was Mrs Jan Gaunt and the organist was Mr Keith Garside.
Parish Eucharist at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, who spoke about Preparation for Christmas. John Roberts read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley was the server. The organist was Verena Wood.
A Christingle service was held at 4pm on Sunday at Christ Church. A good congregation learnt about what a Christingle represents, sang carols and joined in with prayers. Everyone received their own Christingle and when all the candles were lit, the lights were dimmed and the congregation sang Away In A Manger. The Rev Dennis Shields led the service and the children helped with his talk.
Parish Eucharist was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The service was led by the Rev Keith Griffin and Oliver Holmes acted as sidesmen, handing out service sheets before the service and collecting them after the service.The reader was Lorraine Pollitt and the prayers were led by Stella Southam, interspersed by organ music played by Jane Robertson. Later on Sunday, there was a packed church for the annual Christingle service. Well-known carols were sung by the congregation, but the favourite carol was when the children stood in the chancel, holding their lit Christingles, the lights were dimmed and they sang Away In A Manger.
On Monday evening, the Hepworth Senior Citizens Christmas Party Committee laid on a party for 57 ladies and gents at The Travellers Rest, Brockholes. With a delicious two-course meal, musical entertainment, raffle and united carol singing at the end, a good time was had by all. The committee were thanked for all their hard work in making the party possible.
Some older members of the community attended the dress rehearsal of Hepworth Junior and Infants School’s nativity performance on Tuesday morning. The nativity story was beautifully told with narration, singing and acting – a credit to the teachers who helped with the production.
Holmfirth Methodist Church celebrated the second Sunday of Advent with their annual Toy Service. The Rev Charlotte Lorimer led the all-age worship, ably assisted by Sally Robinson and her worship team. The choir were ‘on song’, teaching the congregation a new hymn. Much to everyone’s delight a number of U-Tube video animations depicting the Christmas story were shown – involving cut out figures, chocolate papers and Lego men with a sat-nav! As the children enjoyed making cut-out shepherds and stars to show later, Charlotte read the introduction to Christ’s birth from Mark’s Gospel. She went on to share a poignant reading from the prophet Isaiah, adapted by a woman who knew ‘pain and brokenness’ - trapped in a communist country where her faith was suppressed. It spoke of the ‘imprisoned’ being ‘lifted up to meet a motherly healer’. A huge pile of toys were brought by the congregation as offerings for the children and mothers at nearby women’s refuges. The church was already brimming over with 27 individual stable scenes; carefully crafted by different local organisations and part of the weekend Nativity festival. Thanks were given for all those who had participated in a brilliant event. The variety of interpretations was tremendous. Charlotte pointed out that if the differences in the individual scenes were stripped away, Jesus was always still there, common to each one. People were encouraged to ‘clear out’ their lives of anything that could distract them from serving the one true God. Then they would be free to serve the community by helping folk, just as angels served the characters in the nativity story. The lights were dimmed as the assembled company shared in singing It Was On A Starry Night by candlelight. Sally led prayers for those in need, especially anyone who would find Christmas a difficult time. She closed by asking for help in maintaining love and peace at this time. A cafe-style soup and a roll lunch was served after the service so anyone who wished could stay for the Nativity Festival. In the evening one of the quieter monthly Taize style services was held. On Sunday the evening service at 6.30pm will be given over to a performance of The Messiah with augmented choir and exciting guest soloists. All are welcome to what promises to be a superb event.
The second Sunday of Advent was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church by Rev Keith Griffin with Holy Communion at 10.30 am. Diana Stockford read the lesson from the prophet Isaiah and the intercessions were led by Sue Winter, who also assisted with the chalice. Alan and Vicki Winpenny were sidespersons. After the service coffee was served by Sue Styring and Joyce Knight, in the Gallery Room. Next Sunday Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8am according to the Book of Common Prayer and at 10.30am. At 6.30am there will be a service of carols by candlelight at Choppards Mission. All welcome.
Carlton Mellor was a long standing member of the Yorkshire Traction Honley Band who sadly died earlier this year. To mark his memory the band have decided to buy a new drum kit. The band has supported the Village Trust on many occasions and so the trust has contributed £225 towards the cost of the equipment in Carlton’s memory.
Honley Civic Society has produced a new book on the village’s history in time for the Christmas market. Entitled Mrs Jagger, Honley’s Historian, the 28-page booklet reveals much more about the lady who wrote The History of Honley almost a century ago. “When we reprinted Mrs Jagger’s Reminiscences a couple of years ago, it reawakened interest in her and I was asked to find out more about the author herself”, said Peter Marshall, who leads the HCS history group. From being village postmistress to romantic novelist and judge at Cruft’s, she had a very full life. Her husband was also a leading local light and business man. The Honley Civic Society publication is on sale this month at Holme Valley News in Honley and other outlets, priced £3.50.
The family service at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Lessons were read by Helen and Rebecca Martin. Jane and Graham Wardman led intercessions. Singing for the service was led by the music group.
On Sunday evening, the Rev David Barnes celebrated parish eucharist when Clive Waind read the lesson and Pat Green led intercessions. Jean Chadwick was the organist.
On Saturday, St Mary’s Church held its seventh annual street market. Despite the wet and windy weather, there was a good attendance with more than 50 stalls offering a variety of goods, a grand draw and musical entertainment in church.
On Sunday Lise Newsome and Lynne Vann welcomed the congregation at the door of the Methodist Church for the second of the Advent Sunday services. The Swindell family – Sally , Faith and Rose – lit the Candle of Peace. Trevor Jones led the worship and Barbara Horn played the organ . Roger Snow was the reader with Bible readings from Isaiah chapter 40 verses 1-11, Mark chapter 1, verses 1-18 and Peter chapter 3 verses 8-15. The theme of the service continued with Choice What Is It ? After the service coffee and biscuits were served by Michelle Booth and Amy Booth .
At a meeting of the Men’s Monday Club of Scholes Methodist Church, Mr Frank Beaumont gave an illustrated talk entitled A Trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The weekly prayer breakfast on Tuesday was held at the home of the Dawsons.
Holy communion on Thursday at St John’s Church was taken by the Very Rev Dean Henry Stapleton, who was also the celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Early communion on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who also took the family service when children made holly wreaths, The second Advent candle was lit by Les Hopkins and Jill Thornley-Casson. Music was provided by the Drummond family and refreshments following the service were served by Hilary Roberts.
Lay reader Hester Deacon led morning worship at St Mary’s Church on Sunday. The second candle on the Advent wreath was lit by Rebecca Lockly as the congregation remembered John The Baptist, who prepared the world for the coming of Jesus. Liz Pearson was the organist and Lynda Pearson read the lesson.
Brian Williams led morning worship at the Methodist Church. The organist was Nigel Morris.