Parish communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. During the service, he baptised Zoe Ray and Mesha Ray-Johnson, the daughters of Heather and Paul. Rosalind Watt read the lesson and the server was Roger Kenworthy, The organist was Verena Wood.
The Rev John Hardy led worship at the Methodist Church. The organist was Mr Robert Booth.
The Big Hepworth Book sale is being held on Saturday October 3 between 10am and 3pm in Hepworth Village Hall. Hundreds and hundreds of books, both new and second-hand, have been collected by Louise Vigor and Cathy Hesketh over the past months and these will be sold at bargain prices. To keep customers happy, refreshments will be on sale during the event - morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon teas. Even if people are not really interested in buying books, they can always go along for what always turns out to be a pleasant and lively social occasion.
Wednesday Holy Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Ian Gold. The Over 60s Club met in the afternoon. The Rev Geoff Bamford led Friday evening prayers.
Sunday parish eucharist at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Peggy Whiteley and Ian Gold. Intercessions were led by Thelma Nelson and the creche and junior church were led by Ben and Helen Cooper. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
Next year is the Bi-centenary of the Holmfirth Circuit of the Methodist Church and Peter Beetlestone is editing a souvenir book – already nearly 200 pages. He is appealing for information, memories and photocopiable souvenirs from four chapels that have closed – Carlecotes, Town Head, Farnley Tyas and Netherthong. If anyone has any information about any of these chapels, they can contact him on 684838.
The Sunday service was led by Kath Beetlestone assisted by Michael Tolson and his worship team. The seating arrangement in the church was different from usual but comfortable for most people, some being arrange traditionally in rows and others around tables. To begin with we were asked to look into mirrors and to share with each other what we saw. It was then explained that it is not what is happening on the outside that matters but what is happening in the heart of a person that makes the difference. The basis of the service was about tradition and we watched the song ‘Tradition’ from Fiddler on the Roof. Music was played by Helen Johnson and Carol Hamer.
Holmfirth Christian Centre's Sunday services had the theme Focus on Jesus, and the praise time was led by Paul Jackson supported by Ryan Gibson on the keyboard. Visitors were led to worship by Ryan playing God Will Make A Way followed by several praise songs. Carole Paxman brought God’s word titled 'Fix your eyes on Jesus' reading from the book of Matthew 8:23-27,11:28-30, & 14:25-31, both stories about being in a boat that could represent life just bobbing along until a crisis (storm) hits then all fear, panic and have doubts about God’s abilities. Jesus is there all the time and we need to keep our eyes fixed on Him and He will make ways we cannot see and He can give answers where there were no answers, he said. Then followed a time of worship, when Diane Finch read from 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. Communion was taken with the band playing I’ll Remember You. Kathryn Jackson led the young youth and children's group, who focused on Jesus and the wonderful works that He did.
The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth, with 10.30am Parish Eucharist the Rev Keith Griffin officiated. Linda Whitaker led the Intercessions and Elizabeth Sheard read from James 1. Keith spoke about all good things which are given are from God. Jesus lived to show us that God is good and through this understanding we should go out and care for our neighbours. Mike and Linda Smithers served coffee after the service.
Parish eucharist at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Pauline Ellis read the lesson and Clive Waind led intercessions. The organist was Michael Clarke.
St Mary’s Men’s Society annual meeting was preceded by a communion service led by the Rev David Barnes. Chairman Bill Kemp and secretary John Ambler were re-elected and an outline programme for the next year was arranged.
A prayer breakfast was held at the home of Sue and Graham Dawson.
Midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Maureen Reid, who was also celebrant. Lunch was served in the meeting room afterwards.
Family communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were John Booth and Derek Dixon. Val Shuttleworth led prayers and Adam Greenhalgh was the organist. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards by Hilary Roberts.
The Service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Carol Senior and the reading was read by Mrs M Booth. Carol’s sermon was about following Jesus and within it she gave her testimony as to how she became a preacher after having gone to church all her life. The organist was Colin Hudson.
Morning worship at Wooldale Methodist Church was led by the Rev Laura Hardy. Sue Ogden played the organ.