A raffle is being organised by the village hall committee to help pay for the much appreciated Christmas tree on the Coronation Gardens, costing a little over £700. Local residents are being very generous. Carols will be sung round the tree on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm and the hall will be open from 5pm, before and after the singing, for bar and refreshments.
The district WI Christmas service was held in the church on Wednesday evening. Pat Wood led the service with singing from Hade Edge Community Choir who also helped with readings. The service was open to everyone which made for a full church. The newly refurbished candlelit church was very comfortable and the decorations very effective. Afterwards church members served hot drinks and homemade cake, contributions for which will go towards further church improvements.
Birdsedge First School held their Christingle service along with parents and family in the church on Thursday morning. Pat Wood took the Junior Church service. Linda Jacob will take the fourth Sunday in Advent service and the congregation will help with the readings.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Paul Bridges, a local preacher in training from Penistone. The candle for the third Sunday in Advent was lit by Lucie Froggatt, who also led prayers for the theme of Hope. Paul spoke about John the Baptist pointing the way to the coming Messiah who would lead us out of our wilderness moments in life into a life of hope and love in all its meaning. Stewards were Maxine Lodge and Betty Booth. A reading from Isaiah was given by Beryl Holt. It spoke of the good news of God’s deliverance. Fred Green read from the gospel of John, about John the Baptist’s message of the coming of Jesus. After the service Lucie Froggatt served coffee and biscuits.
At the coffee morning last Saturday everyone enjoyed hot mince pies. The home-made cake stall and Christmas gifts were on display, along with a Traidcraft gift stall selling Christmas chocolates and gifts.
On Wednesday December 7 Clayton West WI held their meeting. Anne, one of the members, showed and helped everyone make a Christmas heart. Many thanks go to her.This was followed by mince pies, coffee and tea and there was also a sales table. Everyone had a lovely festive evening and all those unable to attend are wished a very happy Christmas and New Year. The next meeting will be on Wednesday January 4 2012.
Mrs Susan McPherson welcomed the congregation to All Hallows Parish Church for a service of Sung Eucharist on the third Sunday in Advent. The leader was the Rev Robert Chambers and the preacher was the Rev Graham Whitcroft who took for his theme, Light: Jesus, Light of the Word. Mrs Lorraine Lockwood provided visual aids for the service. Mrs Theresa Quarmby led the prayers of Intercession and Mrs Sue Whitcroft gave the readings from the 61st chapter of the Book of Isaiah and from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St John. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mrs Joy Elson and Mrs Pauline Pinder and Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by pastoral ministers Mrs Betty Cross and Mrs Mary Chambers. Mrs Janet Jessop and Mr David Utasi performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. Mrs Doreen Barraclough accompanied the singing and, after the service, Mrs Joy Elson and Mrs Dot Greenwood served refreshments to the worshippers. In the evening the Rev Betty Cross led a service of evensong. She took for her theme Being Prepared. Mr David Askham sang the responses and, along with Mrs Pauline Pinder, gave a reading from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St Luke and Mrs Shirley Lingwood gave a reading from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St John. Mrs Barraclough was again the organist. Before closing, warm invitations were extended to the Community Carol Service tomorrow evening at 6.30 and the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve at 5pm. The Christingle Service will be followed at 11.30 by a candle-lit Midnight Service to take us into Christmas Day when there will be a special family service at 10.30am.
Despite the bitter weather it was a well attended meeting of Shelley Over 60s members last Thursday at the Village Hall. The bingo line was won by Gerald Ibbotson and the full house was shared by Sheila Morris, Wendy Kettlewell and Kathleen Proctor. Their was no winner for the first three numbers on one card, so the prize carried over to the next meeting. The whist high of 93 was won by Doris Sommerton and the low of 63 went to Robin Small from eight tables. Thanks for the sherry and cake go to Audrey Taylor to celebrate her 80th birthday. Other members with birthdays this week are Derek Womersley, Merle Smith, Mary Lee, Wendy Wilcock, Tara Simpson and Russell Langton. Raffle prizes were won by Joan Cope, Jean Eskrett, Gordon Burgin, Walter Astin, Nancy Lear and Joan Small.
On Tuesday December 6 over 100 members sat down to a seasonal lunch at Bradley Park Golf Club which was enjoyed by all. Thanks go to the staff at Bradley Park – it was a lovely meal – and all who helped out in any way.
On Sunday morning Deacon Jane Paine led the Festival Carol Service at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church. Jane told the congregation not to worry whether all their preparations were done in time and that Christmas would be here whether or not. She also involved the children in making hand puppets of sheep. The third Advent candle was lit by Callum Wadsworth and Daisy Brooks-Taylor. During prayer in the service, the Prayer Tree requests were read, ‘in remembrance of someone’, ‘get well’ prayers, or ‘giving thanks’. Bible lessons were read by Anne Wadsworth and Barbara Casson. Frances Priestnall played the organ and the steward for the service was Clare Dodsley. Festive refreshments were served after the service. (Story and pictures – Page 5).
On Sunday evening Skelmanthorpe Council of Churches celebrated the coming of Christmas with a candlelight carol service in St Aidan’s Church. Rev Philip Reynolds conducted the service and a United Choir led the singing conducted by Christopher Ward and accompanied by Jonathan Woodcock on the organ and piano. The Children in the choir sang the first verse of two carols, Away in a Manger and Bethlehem Baby. The United Choir sang the first verse of Silent Night in German. The lessons were read by Susan McDonagh, John Senior, Stuart Merry, Bruce Potter, Trevor Langley, Gary Firth and the Rev Philips Reynolds. Mince Pies, mulled wine, tea and coffee were served after the service.
A prayer tree was available for people to request a prayer to remember someone; to give thanks, or to pray for someone to ‘get well’. Also people were able to share private concerns with church members who were available to listen, near the prayer tree. (Story and pictures – Page 5).