Morning worship at the Methodist Church was conducted by Tom Richardson of Denby Dale. He led the thoughts of the congregation on the story of the disciple Thomas who could not believe that Jesus was risen from the dead until he actually saw him, but we should have confidence and faith in our lives to follow and tell others to follow the risen Lord. The story of Doubting Thomas as recorded in John’s gospel was read by Les Barber and Lucie Froggatt read from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Intercessory prayers were led by Wendy Barber. The stewards were Maxine Lodge and Diana Hunt, Jane Hobson played the organ. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Emily Flack. After the service everyone enjoyed fellowship and coffee and biscuits served by Lucie Froggatt.
The Rev Joy Cousans led the service of parish communion on Sunday at All Saints Parish Church – part of the lead-up to Christian Aid Week. Readings were prepared and delivered by Kath McDaid and Raymond Parker from Acts 2 (verse 42– end) and the Gospel of John 10(verses1-10) respectively. The Rev Joy had already spoken to the children at the start of the service about an ideal world of everyone having as much as each other, but that in reality this rarely happens throughout the world. This theme was continued in her talk to the adults: people throughout the world can and do thrive wherever help is placed; Christian Aid is the means by which the very poorest areas of the world can be targeted. Prayers for the wider world were written and delivered by Wynn Leake. During the distribution of communion, the choir sang the anthem – There's a Wideness in God's Mercy by M Bevan, accompanied by Jonathan Newcombe. Refreshments were served by Ann Bunn and Barbara Gill after the service.
Lunches were served on Saturday last week at Denby Dale Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. There were also stalls and the event raised over £287 for Martin House Hospice.
The Sunday School met on Sunday morning for stories, songs and crafts.
Lesley Sullivan led worship on Sunday evening. Lesley spoke about Forgiveness. The pianist was Robert Nuttall.
Robert Nuttall led the prayer and fellowship meeting on Monday evening when the theme was a Spiritual Check Up.
The children's club met on Friday evening.
The monthly Family Service was held last Sunday morning. The theme was The Friends of Jesus, The service was led by Robert and the members of the Sunday school. The Bible was read by Dominic Storr. Tyler Senior and Harry peace welcomed the congregations.
The preacher on Sunday evening was Muriel Stonehewer who spoke about Jesus the Good Shepherd. The pianist was Robert Nuttall.
Zion United Reformed Church’s 209th anniversary weekend celebrations were held at the weekend. A Gift Day was held on Saturday, with a reception in the evening featuring host Robert Nuttall and his wife. Dedication of gifts was followed by a concert by Hobson’s Choice and a buffet supper. Sunday’s anniversary service was led by Michael Taylor of Almondbury and organist was Bernard Jagger.
Mr David Utasi welcomed the congregation to All Hallows Parish Church, Kirkburton, for a service of Sung Eucharist on the third Sunday after Easter. The leader and preacher was the Rev Robert Chambers and he took for his theme, Fellowship. Mrs Theresa Quarmby, led the Prayers of Intercession. Mrs Pauline Pinder gave the reading from the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles and Mr Cambers read from the 10th chapter of the Gospel according to St John. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mrs Janet Crick and Mr Stephen Richards. Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by pastoral minister Mrs Betty Cross and Churchwarden, Mr John Keighley. Mrs Joanne Smith and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. It was announced that next week, May 29, there would be a special “Cluster Service” at Shelley Church. Mrs Doreen Barraclough accompanied the singing and, after the service, Mrs Theresa Quarmby and Mrs Susan McPherson served refreshments to worshippers. In the evening Miss Grace Daniels led the monthly meeting of Cafe Church: Light, at the Hub. Refreshments were by Mrs Vicky Daniels.
Lepton Townswomen’s Guild held their monthly meeting in the Methodist Church when Mrs P Selway presided. Speaker Mr Roebuck gave a very humorous talk about his life as a joiner. Mrs J Peel proposed the vote of thanks. Mrs W Gill won the raffle.
At last Thursdays meeting of Shelley Over Sixties Club the whist high went to Vera Rothson and the low to Dorothy Greensmith. The bingo line was won by May Elliott and the full house by Edith Brookes. Birthday greetings were sent to Ken Briggs, Jack Elliott, Gill Craven, Iris Starling and John Mayhew.
Last Sunday at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church, Mrs Jean Heath, of Shepley, was the preacher. The theme of God’s Everlasting Love was illustrated by movement of the tides, as experienced by Jean on her visits to the seaside at Morecambe Bay and Tenby. The Bible lesson was read by Stuart Merry who was also the Steward for the service. Frances Priestnall was organist.
Last Monday Skelmanthorpe Wives’ Group held its AGM at Pilling Lane Methodist Church. It was a well attended meeting of this growing and friendly group. President Frances Priestnall thanked secretary Anne Wadsworth, retiring treasurer Geraldine Kirby and pantomime treasurer, Margaret Stephenson for their reports and also Barbara Casson (as past president) for her help during the year. During the meeting the newly elected treasurer, Maggie Mackenzie, took office and a vice-treasurer, Barbara Casson, was elected. The president also thanked members of the group for all their hard work during a successful year which meant that some charities, worthy causes and the church benefited. It was agreed that another pantomime would be produced in March 2012. It was also agreed that refreshments provided at meetings be limited to tea and biscuits. A vote of thanks was given by the hosts for the evening, Margaret Firth and Carole Charlesworth, who also provided supper afterwards.