The Sunday service at Golcar Baptist was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson and the organist was Calinda Stockhill.

The Friendship Group at Golcar Providence Church was led by Margaret Brook who spoke about her sponsored Great Wall of China trek for Kirkwood Hospice. Barbara Armitage was the chairman, Nancy Meadows was the pianist and the supper ladies were Alice Illingworth and Pat Smith. On Saturday, a coffee day was held at Holmfirth Parish Church. Lunches and afternoon teas were served and the stalls included cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and books. £723 was raised for Providence Church funds. On Sunday there was a joint Palm Sunday service with St John’s held at Providence Church led by Liz Bishop. The readings were Gillian Beever, Beryl Taylor-Wilkinson and Peter Bishop. Everyone made their own palm cross with instructions given by the Rev Pam Ward. The address was given by the Rev Brenda Mitchell. Margaret Israel was the organist and refreshments were served later in the schoolroom.


Morning service at Christ Church, Linthwaite, was led by the Rev David Wilding who preached, prayed, celebrated holy communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Sheila Bottomley and the Rev Jennie Honeyman. The choir read St Mark’s Passion. The organist was Derek Horne. The evening service was led by Ann Leigh, who also read a lesson. A lesson was read by Derek Horne. Margaret McQuillan preached and prayed. The organist was Rhona Jepson.


The Longwood Village Group held a coffee morning on the first Saturday in April and Parkwood Methodist Church have joined the IT Community by launching their own Web page on the Internet.

Palm Sunday morning sung Eucharist, at St Mark’s Church, was conducted by parish priest the Rev Jim Hunt. The organist was Philip Turner. The service began with everyone holding palm crosses high to be blessed and then the vicar led the choir and members of the congregation in a procession around the outside of the church to the singing of the first hymn. The young church, with their leaders Joan Morton, Debbie Yates and Charles Ross, processed down the centre aisle with the rainbow which they made during previous weeks at Sunday school. Several children described the meaning of the various colours and the display remained at the front for the remainder of the service. Following the rainbow episode a dramatic rendering of The Passion was performed with Jim introducing the chapters which were read by Anne Stephenson, Dilys Eastwood, Janet Watson, Phyllis Kaye, Janet Clarkson, Jane Venables, Dorothy Heads and Olive Houghton. Jim followed with Intercession prayers and then the peace ceremony. Communion was conducted by Jim, assisted by David Verlander as server. Notices about special Easter events – including Wednesday evening service and Mary’s Diary, Maundy Thursday evening service, to include the washing of feet and stripping of the altar, leading up to stations of the cross on Good Friday afternoon and the floral decorating of church on Saturday, before the Easter Day Family service. The final hymn was followed by Jim giving the blessing to conclude the morning service.


The service began in the car park on Sunday morning at Marsden United Church were the Rev Jo Archer-Siddal led in Molly the donkey and the first hymn was sung in the car park. Worship continued inside where the Rev Jo Archer-Siddal was assisted by the Rainbows. The lesson was read by Edward Archer-Siddal, Christine Gledhill played the organ, and at the end of the service palm crosses were distributed to the congregation. Refreshments were served after the service in the hall.

A Palm Sunday family service at St Bartholomew's, with a procession and the blessing of palms, was conducted by the Rev G Clay. The organist was Dennis Brook, sidesmen were Audrey Armitage, Jean Pennington and Elsie Lingard. Coffee was served by Jenny Mitchell, Bunnie Lonan and Margaret Hall. There was a taize service at 6.30pm led by Geoff Clay. This week Monday to Friday, 7am was morning prayer; evening prayer was on Monday and Tuesday, 7.30pm; on Wednesday it was Stations of The Cross, 7.30pm; Maundy Thursday was Holy Communion and Vigil; Good Friday, 12noon to 2pm was quiet time in church and 2-3pm an hour at the cross. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, 5am it is Easter Vigil and celebration of sunrise; 9.30am is Easter Celebration when everyone is welcome. On May 2, there is a concert with Marsden Silver Prize Band in church at 7.30pm. Admission is £6 on the door.


At Milnsbridge Christadelphian's’ Midweek Bible class Mr K Charlesworth from Milnsbridge led a discussion on the Bible readings for the day. On Sunday evening, Mr F Bhatoy from Halifax, gave a talk on the subject Details around the Crucifixion.

At Milnsbridge Over 60’s Mrs Richardson and Mrs Bush called the bingo, and the raffle prizes were won by Mrs Agnus Barker, Mrs Irene Bone and Mrs Joan Greenwood.


A drop-in lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, when the menu was fish pie and mixed vegetables, parsley sauce, syrup sponge, apple crumble, lemon sponge, custard or cream, tea or coffee, which was organised by Sheila and Robin, assisted by ladies of the church. Marion Lloyd welcomed people to a communion service on Palm Sunday at Parkwood Methodist Church with a palm cross. The preacher was the Rev Peter Bedford, assisted by Ann Ivy. The communion stewards were Reene Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth, and the organist was Kenneth Rothery. The symbol of palm leaves and a text were placed on the Lenten Cross. Coffee was served after the service by ladies of the church. A community breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, April 18, 9am-12noon.


Slaithwaite Good Companions met last Thursday when Pauline Ayre introduced John Lewis, a deacon at Lockwood Baptist Church, his theme was Life is a Love Story telling of his days in various children’s homes, his work and his marriage. In each phase of his life there was always someone to guide and care about him, in turn he created a loving and caring family. He was thanked by Pauline Ayre who was also the pianist.

St James’ Parish Church Mother’s Union met last Wednesday and held their annual spring lunch at the Rose and Crown at Cop Hill.

St James’ Parish Church family service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed, the layreader, the lesson was read by Raymond Denton and prayers by Jeanette Seed. The children distributed palm crosses to the congregation. The pianist was Hiroko Townsend. A short communion service was held after the coffee break.

Mrs Judith Robinson of Taylor Hill was the preacher at Palm Sunday Service at the Methodist Church. Palm leaves were laid on the cross and the Lenten readings were by Shirley and John Scott. The theme of Judith's sermon was The Journey and Hilton Crowther read from Mark Chapter 14, firstly Jesus is anointed at Bethany and Jesus eats the passover meal with his disciples. The organist was Shirley Scott .