Members of St George’s Church and the Methodist Church held a joint service on Sunday. The service was led by the Rev David Barnes and the Rev Laura Hardy. Music was provided by the Shepley Band and conducted by Noel Clarke.
There were two services at Holy Trinity church this week. On Sunday, the Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish Eucharist. The reader was Joan Warrender and prayers were led by Stella Southam. The organist was Jane Robertson. In the closing notices, a plea was made for cakes for the refreshments in the village hall this Sunday when the sixth biennial Hepworth Garden Trail is being held, whatever the weather! On Wednesday morning, mid-week communion was celebrated by Michael Hardy of Netherthong. The readers were Brenda Wall of Foster Place Retreat and churchwarden Sheena Blunden.
On Monday evening, gardeners taking part in this Sunday's Garden Trail met in the village hall to finalise details. This was immediately followed by the community association's monthly meeting. The charity coffee morning on Wednesday was in aid of Hepworth Senior Citizens and was well attended by both locals and visitors. The next coffee morning is on August 7 from 10am and is in aid of Leukaemia Research.
With Christmas less than six months away, thoughts are turning to the annual pantomime - oh yes, they are! Last Thursday saw the showing of a video of last year's panto, Cinderella, in the village hall; and this Thursday, an open auditions evening was held in the village hall. As well as budding actors, people to work behind scenes attended the evening which was organised by Kevin Jebson, a member of the Hepworth Players.
Tea At Three, a group for the elderly was held at St David’s Church. It included table top games and afternoon teas.
A “Little Gang” service for the children was held for children from Holmbridge pre-school. Margaret Allen told a Teddy Horsley story and the children had a picnic and coloured in some teddy bear pictures.
Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamforth. Meetings of the parents and toddlers group and the over 60’s club were held.
Sunday morning Eucharist at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks. The readers were Amy Bartle and Judith Roberts.
Energise, a scheme to get more young people more active, is giving children aged between seven and 11 a taste of a range of exciting activities this summer. Youngsters will be able to try an activity on Monday, cheerleading on Tuesday, drama on Wednesday, street dance on Thursday and breakdancing on Friday. Youngsters can attend for the whole week, cost £35, or any day, price £9. One of the sessions is at Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, between Monday-Friday August 8, 2-5pm. Places must be booked in advance by completing a registration form and sending it with a cheque, made payable to Kirklees Council, to Energise, Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services, The Stadium Business and Leisure Complex, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG. For more information contact the Energise team on 01484 234089.
The seventh Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church by the Rev Keith Griffin with 10.30 Parish Eucharist. Stanley Benn assisted with the chalice. Sue Winter led the intercessions and Brian Shaw read from Romans 7 v15-25a. The Rev Griffin spoke about what Jesus has to offer for the weary. He said that Christ's primary invitation is for us to come to him and take his yoke upon ourselves and find rest. Life should not be about burdens - when we come to Church we should find a rest from the hustle and bustle and problems of life and we should leave with a spring in our step and a lighter heart. Refreshments were served after the service by Sue Styring and Elizabeth Sheard. The Magnificent Miniatures Exhibition continues from Wednesday to Sunday and all visitors are welcome.
Pastor Ian Gooch and the band led praise and worship at Holmfirth Christian Centre’s Sunday morning service held at the Phoenix Centre commencing with a lively song called Celebrate. Pastor Ian then continued to talk on Our Journey, our Vision with text taken from Matthew 16. He said that Jesus can bring freedom and truth to the lives of those that want to receive Him. He also confirmed God’s word that ‘He will build His Church’ based on sound healthy principles, a Church for true worshippers with a healthy heart for the Lord. Explorers Sunday school group was led by Janet Sharland, and they watched a DVD together on the story of Joseph, after that they looked at the quality of forgiveness and how it figured particularly in the story they had seen earlier.
On Sunday afternoon the Church re-assembled at Sands Fields for the 25th Holmfirth Duck Race festivities. Members had earlier erected a marquee where hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes were served. Many people took the opportunity to shelter from the heavy showers and enjoy a cuppa and a chat; others just passing by were offered bottles of mineral water, whilst the children were given helium filled balloons. On the Wednesday evening before, the Church members had gathered to make the final preparations for Sunday’s event and the evening concluded with refreshments and fellowship.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Banks, who was also celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Early communion was led by the Rev Geoff Banks, who also conducted family communion. He read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The reader was Bill Brown, who also assisted with the chalice. The organist was Peter Travis. During the service, he baptised Nathaniel Hoyle. Refreshments followed the service.
The Sunday School anniversary at the Methodist Church was led by Jo Rand. A buffet lunch was served afterwards. The organist was Nigel Morris.
The service on Sunday at the Methodist Free Church was led by Margaret Tinker, Roy Horn and Wendy Bower. Wendy led the prayers while Margaret read the bible reading which was taken from Psalm 8. She also read a lovely piece about a loving earthly father, while Roy finished off his sermon on Judas. The pianist was Muriel Bennett.