The April meeting of Brockholes Women's Institute took place at the Methodist church parlour at 7.30pm on Thursday last week, when the speaker was Melvyn Cook, who gave a short introduction to his DVD on Iceland explaining his itinerary. Then the members watched the DVD of all the beautiful scenery of Iceland, the people and the places he visited. It showed how most of the houses have pollution free heating. “If you like waterfalls then you must visit Iceland because there are so many there”. Margaret Lawson thanked guest speaker Melvyn. The competition for 'a winter scene' was won by Christyne Hazel.
The Rev Laura Hardy led worship at Brockholes Methodist Church when the organist was Mr Noel Clark.
Parish communion at Brockholes St George's Church was celebrated by Dean Henry Stapleton, who spoke on Belief. Jean Spencer read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. Music was provided by the music group and organist Verena Wood.
Midweek communion at St David's Church was conducted by the Rev Val Clarke. The lesson was read by Ian Gold. The service was followed by a meeting of the Over 60s Club. Ian Gold led Friday evening prayers.
Parish Eucharist at Holmbridge St David's Church was led by the Rev Val Clarke and lessons were read by Dorothy Parker and Chris Carpenter. Carolyn Burley led intercessions. Ian Macdonald administered the chalice and the crèche and junior church were led by Judith Roberts and Alison Wise. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
The Second Sunday of Easter was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion where the celebrant was the Rev Di Ellerton and David Billington was the reader. At the 10.30am service the Rev Sean Robertshaw was the celebrant and he was assisted with the Chalice by Linda Smithers. Neil Sykes read from Acts 5 v27-32 and Brian Shaw led the Intercessions. Alan and Vicki Winpenny were sidesmen and Lizzie Heyward played the organ. Sean spoke about Jesus bringing a message of action and believing in a Jesus who lives.
Parish Eucharist at Honley St Mary's Parish Church was led by Dean Henry Stapleton. The lesson was read by Graham Wardman and Clive Waind led intercessions. The organist was Jean Cheeseman.
A meeting of St Mary's Mothers' Union was addressed by Maureen Smelt, who spoke about Changes in Guiding. Andrea Green proposed the vote of thanks
Meltham WI held their meeting last Tuesday, chaired by the President Ann Dick. The tea ladies for the evening were Catherine Moulson and Carol Tinker. The speaker was Margaret Wadsworth from the Forget-me-not Trust. She said that £1½m had been raised in six years. She explained what they needed for the hospital which is a hospice for children. Planning permission to build has now been granted and she hoped the building work would soon go ahead. In her interesting talk, she outlined how they would provide special facilities for these children. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sue Hobbs.The raffle organised by Ann Kaye was won by Glenys Sykes. Meltham WI was due to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a meal at Durker Roods on Tuesday.
Midweek communion at St John's Church Upperthong was led by the Rev Maureen Read. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Family communion at St John's was celebrated by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel and was celebrant. The readers were Les Hopkins and Angela Colle. Ray Thompson led prayers and assisted with the chalice. The service included a talk by Les Walton on the subject of prayer. Ian Greenhalgh was the organist. Coffee and cakes were served afterwards to celebrate the birthday of parishioner Mildred Harrison.
The Wooldale Methodist Free Church service last Sunday was led by Mrs Margaret Tinker. The first reading was taken from Acts Chapter 5 verses 27 to 32 and the second reading was taken from John chapter 4 verse 4 to 8. Margaret talked about the good Samaritan, then gave an illustration of something that happened to herself recently. Prayers of intercession were led by Mrs Wendy Bower. The pianist was Mrs Janet Blackshaw. Coffee was served after the service.
Morning worship at Wooldale Methodist Church was conducted by Brian Williams, who preached on The Resurrection. Sue Ogden was the organist.