The Luncheon Club on Thursday March 24 will be serving chicken with cheese in puff pastry with peas and sweet corn followed by Eve’s pudding and custard.
The very enthusiastic Zulus entertained brilliantly well on Saturday persuading some of the audience to get up and dance. Quiz Night will be on Friday March 25.
On Saturday all neighbours and friends were invited to view the newly-refurbished church and enjoy a spot of lunch – see pictures above. Linda Jacob took the Family Service on Sunday. She read and talked about relatives Isaac, Jacob and Joseph and how they in turn were let down by their family but maybe deserved it - ‘what goes around comes around’. For Lent she suggested that we could give up our bad attitude to others rather than give up food or drink we enjoy. Ephesians 4 v 31-32 is Paul’s advice to ‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ Maybe by Easter we would stop being horrible as the norm, she said. The next service will be a Worship Service taken by Tom Wood, when people are asked to bring along a prayer request.
Invitations are being sent out for the planned church re-dedication service on Sunday May 1. This service will be taken by Cliff Darby (the Wesleyan Reform Union President) and Terry Frost. Lunch will be served after the service.
Parish Communion at All Saints Church, shared with St. Augustine’s, Scissett, was celebrated on Sunday by the Rev Joy Cousans. The themes of the service wereGod’s Grace and The Temptations of Jesus. Readings were prepared and delivered by Raymond Parker and Jonathan Newcombe from Paul’s letter to the Romans 5 (vv 12-19) and the Gospel of Matthew 4 (vv 1 – 11) respectively. The Rev Joy spoke of the fact that every human being has both evil and good within their hearts. Lent is the time to find a kindness towards the whole of humanity. Prayers for the community and the wider world were written and delivered by Wynn Leake. Jonathan Newcombe and Gillian Hamer shared the delivery of music. Edward Toulson served refreshments to all at the end of the service.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Irene Richardson, a reader from Denby Dale Church. She spoke of how St Paul led Timothy from his youth in his Christian life, and he became a faithful follower and servant, listening to the call of God. Jane Hobson read from Timothy’s letter sent by Paul, and Beryl Holt read from Acts. Stewards were Maxine Lodge and Diana Hunt. The flowers for the communion table were a gift from Jillian Beevers. After the service everyone enjoyed biscuits, coffee, and fellowship together.
Robert Nuttall led the Monday evening prayer and Bible Fellowship at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Denby Dale. The children's club met on Friday evening. The theme of the stories and activities at the Sunday morning's Sunday School was the Baptism of Jesus. Robert Booth was the speaker for the first Sunday of Lent at Sunday evening's service. The pianist was Robert Nuttall. The monthly Family Service will be held tomorrow morning at 10.30am. At 7.30pm on Monday evening a series of 4 Lent meetings based on Dr. Sangster's book They Met at Calvary will be held.
On Ash Wednesday a joint service of Holy Communion was held at St James’ Church Flockton.
On Saturday evening The Toggs entertained at St Michael’s Church Hall with 60s music. Many joined in the dancing, a peas and pie supper was served and £400 was raised for church funds.
Holy Communion was celebrated by the Rev Christine Bullimore in the morning. Evelyn Barrow and Katharine Moorhouse read the Bible, Sallie Dickins led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. In his sermon, John Bullimore talked about when Jesus spent time in the wilderness alone and was subjected to many temptations from the devil. All, today are subjected to temptations in life. We can depend on God’s strength and grace in our time of need to help us through life, he said. Coffee was served.
Mr David Utasi welcomed the worshippers and the Rev Graham Whitcroft led a service of Sung Eucharist in Kirkburton All Hallows Parish Church last weekend, the first Sunday of Lent. In his sermon Mr Whitcroft took for his theme, The testing of Jesus by the Devil, in the Wilderness. The prayers of intercession were led by Mrs Margaret Whitehead. Mrs Sue Whitcroft gave the readings for the day from the second and third chapters of the Book of Genesis and the fourth chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew. Mrs Pat Ellis and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe took up the chalice and paten and Mr Whitcroft was assisted by pastoral ministers Mrs Betty Cross and Mrs Mary Chambers at the distribution. Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Gwen Lodge were sidesmen and took the collection. After the service, Mrs Freda Crabb, Mrs Pauline Pinder and Mrs Christine Rangeley served refreshments to the worshippers. In the evening, Mrs Janet Roberts led a special service of Evensong. She took for the theme of her sermon: The Potter and the Clay. Mrs Shirley Lingwood gave the reading from the 18th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah and Mrs Betty Cross read from the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to St Luke. Mrs Doreen Barraclough was the organist for the day.
Shelley Over 60s members held their weekly meeting in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Vera Rothson and the full house by Jean Porter. As no-one had the first three numbers on one card the prize was carried over until the next meeting. The whist high of 92 was won by Sheila Morris and the low of 70 went to Wendy Kettlewell from eight tables. Members celebrated the birthdays of Mike Lockwood, Bernard Tattersall (80), Barbara Keaveney, Graham Collins and Vernon Secker. Raffle prizes were won by Fred Huddle, Ruth Sheffield, Vera Rothson, Kathleen Procter, Doris Summerton, Rene Hewitt and Jean Peck.
On the First Sunday in Lent at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church the service of All Age Worship was taken by Mrs Kath Beetlestone of Holmfirth, whose theme was Fairtrading. She brought along some photographs for people to think about the stage they are at in their lives. Kath also brought some pieces of fair trade cotton for people to make a pennant with their own design on, around the theme of Fairtrading, which would then be sewn into a banner. A Bible reading about the Temptations of Jesus was given by Margaret Taylor with the story being acted out by Stuart Merry and Peter Beetlestone. The whole congregation accompanied three of the hymns with percussion instruments. The steward for the service was Dorothy Waddington and the organist Christine Senior.
Stocksmoor Bridge Club results from Thursday March 3. North/South: 1 M Dey and R Makings, 2 J Pearson and J McGee, 3 D Cliff and C Bolland; East/West: 1 D Swain and P Wright, 2 M Russell and E Covell; 3 T and M Hirst.
Thursday March 10. North/South: 1 M Sandell and S Hancock, 2 J Morris and W Sharman, 3 J Pearson and M Hicks; East/West: 1 C Kaye and L Tempest, 2 T and M Hirst, 3 M Russell and E Covell.
The March meeting of Stocksmoor Women’s Institute saw 41 members and guests enjoy an excellent evening of Music and Mirth provided by The Semitones. The six members of the group ensured a variety of entertainment – Phillip’s gentle folk and classic pop songs, the humorous songs acted out by the Two Davids and accompanied by Judith, Alan’s jokes and John with his ukulele ensured a very enjoyable evening. Stocksmoor WI meets every second Wednesday at 7.30pm in Stocksmoor Village Hall, Station Road. Guests and new members are welcome to attend.