Family communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, assisted by Rosalind Watt. Helen Dickinson read from Galatians and the vicar read from St Luke’s Gospel. In his address, the vicar spoke about Preparation. The music group – Mr and Mrs Wharton on guitar and mandolin, Noel Clarke, recorder and Verena Wood, piano – accompanied some of the hymns. Verena Wood was the organist and Mr Martin Dove and Mrs Beth Dove were sidesmen. After the service, members of the congregation joined Mr and Mrs Peter Drake in the village hall for refreshments to celebrate their 25 years residence in the village.
Mrs Jo Rand led worship at the Methodist Church when the readers were Mrs Jan Gaunt and Mr John Gaukroger. The organist was Mr Keith Garside.
The Rev Keith Griffin conducted the parish Eucharist service at Holy Trinity on Sunday morning. The reader was Jane Selkirk, prayers were led by Louise Vigor and the sidesman was Drummond Kelsey. The organist was Jane Robertson.
On Friday, the last of the current series of Come To Lunch dates in Hepworth Church was held. As part of the church’s Transformational Plan, these lunches bring together church members and members of the community and over the last few weeks. An average of 20 lunches have been served each Friday. The ladies and gentlemen of the parish who serve the lunches are taking a well earned summer holiday and hope to be back later in the year.
The fifth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 10.30 Parish Eucharist. The Rev Keith Griffin was the celebrant and he was assisted with the chalice by Sue Winter who also led the intercessions. Chris Headley read from Galatians 6 v7-16.
There was also a 3pm service at Choppards Mission. Lizzie Heyward was the organist and the choir sang Ave Verum. Raymond and Susan Steele were sidesmen and Kay Booth and Ann Holmes served refreshments after the service.
The family service at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Rebecca and Craig Noble read the lessons and intercessions were led by Jane and Graham Wardman. Music for the service was provided by the church music group and Honley Infant School community choir under musical director Mrs Clarkson-Jones.
Meltham WI met on July 1, chaired by the vice-president Barbara Sheard. The tea ladies for the evening were Rita Clegg and Betty Peel. Speaker for the evening was Margaret Laycock who talked about bones and joints. She explained about all the bones in your body and what happens when you break a bone. She also talked about arthritis and hip replacements. This was a very interesting talk and some of the members were able to ask her questions about their own problems. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ros Wimpenny.The raffle organised by Ann Kaye was won by Jill Douglas.
The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of Sue and Graham Dawson.
Branches of the Mothers’ Union at St John’s Church, Upperthong, and All Saints’ Church, Netherthong, held a joint project meeting at the home of Elizabeth Taylor.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
The early communion service at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who also conducted the all age family service. The reader was Les Hopkins and the organist was Peter Travis. Refreshments were served afterwards by Val Shuttleworth.
The Sunday school anniversary worship at the Methodist Church was led by John Mason. The organist was Nigel Morris. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards. Worshippers were joined by members of Lane Bottom Free Church.