On Sunday at the Methodist Church a service of Holy Communion was led by the Rev Graham McIntosh from Barnsley. Symbols of the 'Whip and Nails' were placed on the Lenten Cross by Peter Holt, who also read a lesson, as did Rosalyn Beevers. Stewards were Betty Booth and Maxine Lodge, the organ was played by Jane Hobson. A gift of flowers for the communion table was from Beryl Holt. Coffee and biscuits were served after the service by Wendy Barber.
A service for Denby Dale and Clayton West Circuit was held in the evening led by Carolyn and Ian Morris, they spoke interestingly about their recent visit to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as part of a Fairtrade Group. This was illustrated with a powerpoint presentation. During the service Jane Paine spoke on behalf of the Circuit as she said goodbye to Kathy Reardon, who has served as a Youth Worker in many of the churches, Kathy’s excellent work was very much appreciated and she will be missed by all who have worked along side her. She is leaving to be ordained in the Anglican Church as a curate, working in Bradley. Jane thanked her for her caring work and gave her a gift towards the stole she will wear at her ordination. Elaine Randerson, a circuit steward, gave her a gift on behalf of the staff and colleagues.
Last Saturday the monthly coffee morning was held. Homemade cakes were on sale and the Traidcraft stall with gifts of Fairtrade goods and tea, various foods was popular. Beryl Holt made and served bacon sandwiches and all proceeds were for church funds.
A Parish Eucharist last Sunday at All Saints’ Parish Church was led by the Rev Joy Cousans. Readings were prepared and delivered by Jayne Stanley and Alex Collins from Isaiah 43 (vv16 –21) and the Gospel of John 12 (vv1 – 8) respectively. The Rev Joy based her talk on the characters of Mary and Pontius Pilate, both of whom feature in the reading from John. Mary was always the person who saw her tasks through to the end (the finding of the empty tomb); Pontius Pilate was a character who often cheated people or found a way of making money rather than helping people in real need. The question was posed – are we, people in the congregation, people who will complete the tasks which are asked of us or are we those who find an easy way to completion or divert from the original task in hand?
Prayers for our wider world were led by Jonathan Newcombe, who was also the organist. During communion the choir sang a section of John Stainer’s Crucifixion – God So Loved the World. Refreshments at the end of the service were served by Margaret Morris and Gail Banks. At the end of the service the annual Parish Church meeting was held to elect the churchwardens who will serve the parish from now until March 2011 and to gain an oversight into the work of the PCC, completed on behalf of all parishioners.
Denby Dale and District Collectors’ Society held its March meeting at Wakefield Road Methodist Church, Clayton West. Huddersfield Postcard Society were the invited guests. Members displayed many aspects of the local area particularly Holmfirth showing the various floods in the town over the years. Also shown were railways, manufacturers’ showcards and spoons. Huddersfield members were thanked by chairman Janet Miller. The next meeting on Thursday April 8 will feature valuer and auctioneer John Walsh who will speak and also value members collectibles. Contact: Roy Bedford on 01924 848011
Mike Hopcroft led the prayer and Bible Fellowship on Monday evening at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. The Churches Together lent meeting on Tuesday evening was led by Roy Griffin. The children's club met on Friday evening. The Members of the Sunday School began preparations for Easter. Robert Booth was the preacher on Sunday evening when he spoke about Passion Sunday. The pianist was Robert Nuttall.
Emley Parish Church Lent Groups met on Tuesday with a study on Finding Security. Youth Groups met on Thursday. On Saturday Vaughan Thomas and Sarah Wood were married by the Rev John Marsh in the afternoon. Passion Sunday was celebrated with Worship for All in the morning, led by Malcolm Tracey. Gill Marsh led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. The Bible reading story read by Kate Tordoff was acted by Michael Lee, Michael Clough, Sallie Dickins and John and Sophie Ryder. The story about Mary when she washed the feet of Jesus with expensive oil and wiped them with her hair illustrated that she was prepared to give everything for Jesus, because she had such deep faith. Do we as Christians have such faith? The children made pot-pourri sachets as a reminder of the story. Coffee was served. In the evening a service of Worship was held. Tomorrow morning a joint service with Flockton will be held at St Michael’s, Emley at 10.30am followed by lunch as a celebration and thanks to Malcolm Tracey, who has been a reader in Emley for over 30 years and is leaving to live in Spain.
There was one service in All Hallows Parish Church on the fifth Sunday in Lent: Passion Sunday. Susan McPherson welcomed the congregation to the morning service of Sung Eucharist led by the curate, the Rev Robert Chambers. He took for his theme Suffering. Margaret Whitehead led the prayers of Intercession and Karen McCann gave a reading from the third chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Mr Chambers read from the twelfth chapter of the Gospel according to St John. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Gwen Lodge and Margaret Beaumont and Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution of the sacrament by pastoral minister Malcolm Tibbott and Hilary Berry. Jean Selbie and Mr Whitehead performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. Before the service closed, Mr Chambers reminded the congregation that the new Vicar, the Rev Geoff Clay, would be licensed at All Hallows on Tuesday March 30, and invited them to attend this and the other special services for Holy Week and Easter. Doreen Barraclough was the organist.
In the evening the young people of the church organised their own special Cafe Church service of worship, Synaxis, at the Hub.
As usual members of Shelley Over 60s held their weekly meeting in the village hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Joan Cope and the full house was shared between David Matthews, Sheila Taylor and Edna Glover. The first three numbers on one card was not claimed and the prize money carried forward to our next meeting. The whist high of 90 was won by Fred Huddle and the low of 67 went to Elaine Shaw from nine tables. Birthday greetings were given to Robin Small and Wally Usher, who has achieved a very youthful 90. Members welcomed John and Helen Earnshaw and also Jean Johnson as new members. Raffle prizes were won by Harry Rose, Ruth Sheffield, Edna Glover, Colin Littlewood and Bessie Usher.