On Christmas Eve the Village Hall opened at 4.30pm to offer mulled wine and nibbles with the bar available. Folk then went round the tree for the 6.30pm Christmas Carol singing, accompanied by friends from Hade Edge Band. Meat and potato pie, followed by lemon sponge and custard, went down very easily at the luncheon club on the 30th. The next meal will be roast beef and Yorkshire pudding on Thursday January 13. A free film night is set for Saturday January 15.
The Christmas morning service, taken by Lesley Sullivan in the Sunday school, was busy. A brass group from Hade Edge played for the carols and the young people talked about what they had received from Santa. The point was made that some children get nothing at all and did it really matter how much we get so long as we remember to celebrate the Christ in Christmas?
The Covenant service for the first Sunday in 2011 was taken by Tom Wood. Tom read Psalm 111– Praise the Lord. The Family service on Sunday will be taken by Pat Wood.
A celebration of Parish Communion at All Saints Church was held on January 2, with the Rev Joy Cousans leading the service. The theme was Epiphany. Children attending were introduced to the Three Wise Men and encouraged to place them in the ‘crib’. Following on from the readings: Isaiah 60(vv1 – 6) and the Gospel of Matthew 2 (vv1 – 12), the Rev Joy explained the appearance of the star in scientific and real terms which verify the accounts in the Bible of the visitation of the three wise men to Bethlehem. Readers were Trish Bond and George Lane. Organist was Jonathan Newcombe.
The members of the Sunday School at the Zion Wesleyan Reform church commenced the year with crafts and the stories of the miracles of Jesus. Church members gathered for a new year celebration and dedication on Sunday evening.The service was led by Robert Nuttall who spoke about the Christians responsibility for telling others about Jesus. The service included Holy Communion. The steward was Carol Mosley and the pianist was Robert Booth.
On Sunday morning a Family Communion Service was celebrated by the Rev Christine Bullimore at St Michael’s Church. A short drama about the Three Kings’ Journey to see Jesus and bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh illustrated the problems they overcame by trusting in God. It showed, we too can overcome difficulties in our lives if we trust in God. Taking part were Kate Tordoff, Rachael Saunders and Chris. Oscar Freddie and Lucy Smith and Declan Hayes took the figures of the Three Wise men and placed them near the crib. Coffee and cake was served at the end of the service. Next week young people’s groups and mid week services will be held.
On Christmas Eve worshippers of all ages were welcomed to the ancient church of All Hallows for the annual Christingle Service, led by the Rev Geoff Clay. There were readings and carols and in his talk he spoke about Christmas and the meaning of the Christingle oranges, which are decorated with a candle and sweets as a symbol of God’s Love. During the service Christingles were distributed among the children along the aisles and as their candles were lit, the lights were dimmed and the worshippers sang Silent Night. The remaining Christingles were given to the young people as they left the church. The collection was for the work of the Children’s Society. Music was provided by Mrs Derrick Barraclough and the Church Music Group. Grateful thanks were expressed to the members and friends of the Church who had met at The Hub, earlier in the day, to make over two hundred Christingles.
In the closing hour of Christmas Eve worshippers came together for a candlelight midnight service of Sung Eucharist. They were welcomed by David Utasi and the service was led by the Rev Robert Chambers. Pastoral Minister, Malcolm Tibbott led prayers of intercession and churchwarden John Keighley gave the reading from the Book of Isaiah. Mrs Janet Roberts preached the sermon. Candles were given to all who attended and the duties of sidesmen were performed by Pauline Pinder and Betty Cross. Doreen Barraclough was the organist.
On the morning of Christmas Day, Carol Keighley welcomed worshippers to a special service of Family Communion which was led by the Rev Geoff Clay. Prayers of intercession were led by Hazel Ramsay and Theresa Quarmby read from the Gospel according to St Luke. During the service the children were invited to show their presents and the congregation sang favourite carols. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Harmony Waterman and Helen Phillips and Mr Clay was assisted at the distribution by pastoral minister, Malcolm Tibbott. Churchwarden Glyn Phillips and his family performed the duties of sidesmen and Griff Jones, of Shepley, was the organist.
The New Year arrived in Kirkburton with the usual midnight cacophony of fireworks and the following day the Rapier Dancers embarked from the Carlton Club on their traditional tour of the pubs in the village: the George, White Swan, Smiths Arms and Junction.
Theresa Quarmby welcomed the congregation to the celebration of Family Communion on the second Sunday after Christmas at All Hallows.The service was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and he preached the sermon on the theme of The True Gift Of Christmas. The prayers of intercession were led by pastoral minister Malcolm Tibbott and churchwarden, John Keighley and the readings for the day from Isaiah and the Gospel according to St Matthew. Chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mr Keighley and Stephen Richards and the minister was assisted at the distribution by Hillary Berry and reader, Janet Roberts. Pauline Pinder performed the duties of sidesman and took up the collection and music for the service was provided by the Church Music Group. After the service the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Jean Sutcliffe.
On Sunday last, a joint service was held at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church along with members from the Wesleyan Reform Church and St Aidan’s Church. This was the Annual Covenant service when members of the churches renewed their vows as Christian people. The service of worship and Communion was led jointly by Fr Philip Reynolds and Rev Ann Buckroyd. Readings were given by Margaret Firth and Dorothy Waddington, who was also the Steward. Jonathan Woodcock was the organist. Refreshments were served after the service by John and Christine Senior.