The Rev Richard Thompson led worship at the Methodist Church when the readers were Janet Gaunt, John Gaukroger and Granville Dews. The pianist was Kath Gaukroger.
Rosalind Watt led morning worship at St George’s Church when Sue Clay read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley led intercessions. The organist was Verena Wood.
A performance of Handel’s Messiah was performed at St George’s Church on Sunday evening. The conductor was Noel Clarke and the soloists were Sarah Ogden, Barbara Brook, Johnathan Wilby and Tom Meredith. Julian Whightman played the trumpet solo and Malcolm Hinchliff accompanied the singers on the organ.
On Saturday, Foster Place Retreat House held a meeting in Hepworth Church with Biblical scholar Margaret Barker who talked about how we, in the 21st century, talk about God Making Promises.
A Quiz Night was held in the village hall on Saturday evening, organised by Jim and Jane Selkirk as a fundraising event for Hepworth Church. Over 50 people subjected themselves to nine rounds of general knowledge questions, together with a picture and a word quiz. A hot beef sandwich supper was supplied by JK Catering of Holmfirth and the bar was run by Ruth and Alan Brook.
Parish Eucharist was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The Rev Keith Griffin led the service, prayers were led by Simon Cave and the reader was Louise Vigor. The organist was Jane Robertson.
The annual parish meetings were held in Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday evening, when the churchwardens and the parochial church council members were elected for the coming year.
Chris Dransfield, of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, gave a talk at a meeting of Holmbridge Women’s Institute.
Members of the Camera Club met for a discussion on still life images led by Phil Hack.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford when Ian Gold read the lesson. The Rev Geoff Bamford also conducted Friday prayers.
Hilary’s Keep Fit Class met on Tuesday. The free lunch and over 60s club included an interactive workshop organised by Kirklees Council.
The Rev Geoff Bamford conducted early communion at St David’s Church on Sunday and also led parish Eucharist when lessons were read by Glenys McGuire and Anne Littlewood. Ian Gold led intercessions and assisted with the chalice. The crèche and junior church were led by Joyce Smith and Elizabeth Bounds. The organist was Rodney Pearson.
The Third Sunday of Easter was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 10.30am Parish Eucharist. The Rev Di Ellerton was the celebrant and she was assisted with the chalice by Brian Shaw. Keith Jones read from Acts 9 v1-20 and Sue Winter led the Intercessions. Lizzie Heyward played the organ. Keith and Barbara Jones were sidesmen and Sue Styring and Elizabeth Sheard served coffee after the service. Audrey Dalton and Kay Booth took Sunday Club. Di spoke about Jesus’ love for us - He asked Peter if he loved him and he asks us the same question, but for us the answer is made easier because Jesus has shown us how much he loves us by dying for us. The AGM will take place after the service on Sunday.
Members of the Probus Club observed a silence at their meeting in the community centre in memory of senior member Albert Senior, who had died since the last meeting. Dennis Brook provided coffee in celebration of his 60th wedding anniversary. Do you Remember This? was the topic chosen by speaker Jeffrey Turner, who was making a return visit to the club, Using contemporary recordings from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, he presented a light-hearted quiz featuring theme tunes from wireless shows, singers such as Vera Lynn and Paul Robeson and items from Carol Gibbons, Victor Sylvester and Billy Cotton. Neil Tinker’s vote of thanks rounded off an hour of nostalgia.
Family communion at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Cynthia Hepper read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pauline Ellis and Bob Etherington. The organist was Vernon Briggs. At the end of the service, children of the Sunday Club presented a short musical item. Following the service, St Mary’s Church annual meeting was held. Reports were presented from various church organisations and a financial statement was explained by treasurer Ian Walter. Clive Waind and John Ambler were re-elected churchwardens.
On Saturday, evening, members of St Mary’s Church congregation and friends enjoyed a meal serviced in church by Pauline and John Adams and their helpers. Proceeds were the church funds.
The weekly prayer breakfast was held at the home of Sue and Graham Dawson.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks, who was also the celebrant. A special lunch was held in the meeting room afterwards to celebrate the birthdays of Mary Airey and Gladys Roberts.
Family communion at St John’s Church was celebrated by the Rev Keith Griffin, who read the gospel and was the celebrant. The reader was Derek Dixon and Sue Dawson led prayers and assisted with the chalice. Adam Greenhalgh was the organist. Refreshments were served afterwards
The service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Roy Horn. His readings were taken from Isaiah and Jeremiah. In his sermon he talked about the Lord asking us what we can do. In his Bible reading, the woman replied ‘what I can I possibly do? I have nothing. I can’t do anything’. Then she remembered she had a pot of oil so she did have something that she could use. We all have to do all we can to use our talents, whatever they may be, to glorify the Lord, he said.. The pianist was Janet Blackshaw.
The Rev Tim Moore led worship at the Methodist Church. The organist was Nigel Morris.