The Rev Laura Hardy led worship and administered the sacrament at the Methodist Church. The reader was Granville Dews and the pianist was Eileen Littlewood.
Parish communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes, who spoke about being Imitators of Christ. Jean Spencer read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley was the server. The organist was Noel Clark.
Midweek Holy Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford when lessons were read by Ian Gold. It was followed by the Monkey Business group, the free lunch and Over 60s club. Tumble Tots met on Thursday. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold. A house-to-house collection for Christian Aid was organised by members of St David's Church and raised more than £200 for the charity.
Parish Eucharist on Sunday at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by John Parker and Ian Gold, who also led intercessions. The chalice was administered by Dorothy Parker. The crèche and junior church were led by Andy and Elizabeth Bounds and Margaret Cullen. The organist was Chris Cooke.
The fifth Sunday of Easter was celebrated at Holy TrinityŠwith Holy Communion at 10.30am, led by Rev Val Clarke. Chris Headley read the lesson from the Acts of the Apostles and Roger Pullen the Gospel according to St John. Linda Whittaker led the intercessions and Sue and John Winter were sidesmen. Sue also assisted at Communion.ŠIan Greenhalgh played the organ and after the service coffee was served by Keith and Barbara Jones in the Gallery room. Next Sunday will be a family service at 10.30am with baptisms.
The service at Holmfirth Methodist Church was led by the Rev Tim Moore which started with the baptism of baby Chloe the daughter of Francis and Mark. Chloe, having been baptised into God’s family, was presented with a candle by Glynis, which represented Christ being the light of the World.
For the children’s teaching Tim had some hard pellets in a tray, Adam volunteered to help and was asked to pore some water into the tray. After some time the peat softened and swelled which made it the right environment for sowing seeds. The talk was about the environment we live in that makes is the people we become.
The Old Testament reading was Exodus 17 about the miracle performed by Moses, when he struck the rock of Horab to produce water for the rather disgruntled Isrealites.
The New Testament reading was Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth chapter 10, which outlined the established freedom experienced by the followers of the one God.
Rev Tim Moore spoke to the congregation about the following Jesus and living in a Christian environment makes us more content giving us an inner peace.
The choir was accompanied by Barbara Verity on the organ and Carol Hamer on the piano.
After the service, the congregation and guest had an enjoyable meal provided by the Fellowship Group. A time of conviviality and fellowship was enjoyed.
Jeffrey Turner made a return visit to the Probus Club in the community centre to give a talk with slides about a river cruise down the Seine from Paris to Le Havre. The speaker was introduced by chairman Maurice Harper and the vote of thanks was proposed by David Hardy. Earlier in the meeting, members congratulated Jack Littlewood, who provided coffee in celebration of his 90th birthday.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary's Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Cynthia Harper read the lesson and intercessions were led by Lucie Baker. Jean Chadwick was the organist.
On Saturday evening, Honley Brass Band gave a concert in St Mary's Church when the players were joined by guest choirs from Honley Infant and Junior schools.
On Sunday Michael Tolson with assistance from Dr Nick Martin led the Scholes Methodist Church service on the themes Foundations. Christa and Lorna Peace welcomed the congregation at the door and Julia Noble was the organist . The readings were from Matthew 16 v 13-20 and 1 Peter chapter 2 v4-10 .Carol Quarmby and June SnowŠ provided coffee and biscuits afterwards.
On Sunday May 15, a service of All Age Worship took place at St Mary’s Church. The Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service and spoke about The Good Shepherd. Liz Pearson read the lesson and the congregation provided actions and sound effects. During the service a sheep fold was built and ‘lost sheep’ were found and placed in the fold next to a picture of The Good Shepherd. Peter Pearson was the sidesman and Liz Pearson was the organist.
The following Sunday a service of Holy Communion, based on the theme of ‘Jesus is the Way, the Truth and The Life’ was held. The Rev Judy Kenworthy was the celebrant, assisted at the altar by Margaret Trayte. Liz Pearson was the organist and Monteena Shepherd read the lesson.
The service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Janet Blackshaw. Readings were by John Blackshaw and Robert Bray. In her talk, Janet spoke about the Wedding at Cana and she remarked how the request to turn the water into wine was a surprise to Jesus as his mother thought his time had to come to show what he could do. Many of us say no to things that we think we are unable to do, but God will give us the strength to do them if we trust him, she said. The organist was Colin Hudson.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Robert Booth when the organist was Sue Ogden.