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LINTHWAITE Rev Sue Burton led worship and Holy |Communion at the start of 'One World Week',' on Sunday, October 18. Sunday School Scholars, Sam and Amy Loftus and Liam Ambler read the Call to Worship. All watched a Unicef video about the plight of Syrian Refugees. Linda Marshall read from Isaiah 53 and John 3 before Rev Sue's sermon based on One World. Hilary Baxter closed the service with prayers and blessing.

|The congregation at Linthwaite Method-ist Church learnt a new word on Sunday - FOMO. They also learnt more about the story of Abraham and Sarah his wife when they travelled to Egypt in search of food. Margaret Tennant read the story from the Old Testament, Genesis Chapter 12, verses 10-20. Circuit Superintendent Rev David Bidnell unpicked the truth about the welcome that strangers receive today in a foreign land. FOMO stands for "fear of missing out". Useful to know! The Preacher next Sunday will be Rev Colin Vere. On Saturday the annual Church Holiday departed for one week on the Isle of Wight.

MARSDEN The Sunday service at the United Church |was led by Local Preacher John Oldham.

The service was suitable for all ages and was based around 'signs and symbols' - the cross and fish symbols were explored. For the children, John illustrated his talk with some modern symbols that the children easily recognised and then went on to the cross and the fish - the children then worked on a 'fish' collage that John had brought for them to make. The reading was from the Gospel of John and was read by Margaret Kenyon. The main talk was illustrated with pictures of different crosses and what the cross means today - suffering for those who demonstrate their belief in the cross and sometimes through just the wearing of the cross. It was also pointed out though that the cross has the power to save, if we don't allow the cross to be 'empty' ie by demonstrating the work of Christians around the world, as well as locally. John finished the service by inviting the children to show their collages and the closed with a poignant quote from Anne Frank "No one ever became poor from giving". The organ was played by Marjorie Boothroyd and refreshments were served after the service by Rosemary Stagg and Jenny Eastwood. Today the usual Coffee Break (open to all ages) will run from 10-11.30am, safe play area for toddlers and craft tables for children - no charge, we are open for all Marsden community to meet up in a warm and friendly environment.

|Morning Prayer at St Bartholomew's was led by David Corps. Then followed a service of Sung Eucharist conducted by the Rev. Stephen Henry. Lessons from Isaiah 55 v 1-11 and 2 Timothy 4 v 5-17 were read by Susan Everill. Geoffrey Holroyd read the Gospel from John 5 v 36-47. Junior Church continued their activities relating to the story of the camel passing through the eye of a needle and what challenges they may have in life. Jon Robinson was the organist. Sidespersons were Brian Mitchell and Bunny Lonnen. Coffee was served by Jenny Mitchell and Helen Royston. Service today in the Lady Chapel at 9.30am. Wednesday 28 - Saturday 31 October the Operatic Society are presenting 'Cabaret Showtime' in the Parochial Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets PS9 available from Duncan, Hairdresser, Warehouse Hill, Marsden Tel 845311 (shop hours only) Cabaret seating and fully licensed bar.

MILNSBRIDGE At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, |there was a Sister's class on Tuesday evening, which was led by Sandra Moulson. A talk "The man born blind," was presented by Kirsty Barrett, and was based on chapter 9 from the Gospel of John.

It was the annual business meeting on |Wednesday evening and Jonie Barrett was the president. The Sunday services were taken by Kevin Charlesworth and the talks for the day were given by Terry Blackburn from Sale. His subject at the evening Bible hour was " What God requires of us." The meetings planned for the coming week are as follows: on Tuesday morning at 10.30am, there will be a coffee morning with Bible reading and discussion. The Bible class subject on Wednesday, October 28 at 7.30pm will be "The drink offering," based on the second book of Timothy chapter 4 verse 6. The subject on Sunday November 1st at 6pm will be "Wonders of the Middle East." Visitors are very welcome to come to our meetings and talks.

PARKWOOD Fourteen people enjoyed their lunch at |Parkwood Methodist church, Longwood on Wednesday, October 21. The main course was sausage, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, baked beans, onion gravy. For pudding there was a choice of apple roll, rice pudding, apple cake or cheese and biscuits. Tea or coffee was also served. On Saturday, October 24 a very successful International Feast of Flavours was held at Parkwood Methodist church. There was a choice of main courses from England, France, Greece, China, Morocco, Syria and Thailand. Most of the desserts were English but there was a Japanese cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie from USA. Fruit juice, tea or coffee were served. Twentyfive people attended the Sunday morning service was taken by Rev David Bidnell, the circuit superintendant who is from Almondbury. The reading was from Genesis ch 12 vs 10-20. The sermon was about do we welcome new people who may be different from us and so broaden our world and our understanding? Or do we reject new people and new situations and refuse to leave our comfort zone. The service included Holy Communion. Refreshments were served after the service. Cheerful chat is on Tuesday, October 27, 10am-12noon.

SLAITHWAITE The October Ecumenical service took |place at Marsden United Church on Wednesday morning. Coffee and fellowship were enjoyed before the service, which was opened by Edward Sheldrake reading The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Ruth Sheldrake spoke of people past and present who have spent their lives caring for others mentioning Mother Theresa who worked for the poor of India, and Nelson Mandela for his work in Africa. She led open and silent prayers for the churches and peoples of the Colne Valley.

|The Rev Sue Burton led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church. John Scott read the Old Testament lesson from Jeremiah 31 in which the Lord says he will rebuild Israel and save all his people including the blind and the lame. Dawn read from Mark 10, Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus and how he responded when Jesus asked of him, What do you want me to do for you? Jesus told him his faith had made him whole and the Rev Sue asked of us How do you respond to God's word? The organist was Shirley Scott.

|SLAITHWAITE Good Companions intro-duced by Margaret Cook, was Yvonne Grange, who showed us slides and told us about a walking holiday in the Dolomites, based in Molveno, a holiday she and her husband has made on numerous occasions. This was during the spring with stunning views and beautiful wild flowers. The group started off with 45 walkers and ended up with 21. She was thanked by Sylvia Wood.

|St James Parish Holy Communion serv-ice for Bible Sunday, service led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The first reading was Psalm 126 "A prayer for deliverance" was read by Rev Robin. Also the Holy Gospel, Mark chapter 10 vs 46-52 "Jesus heals blind Barenaeus" and his address was about blindness and people who are blind who have achieved greatness. He then led the prayers. This was followed by the eucharist and blessing. The children of the Sunday Club led by Martin Lowles had drawings and had done brail signs using currents and raisins and they sang to us with actions. Then Martin told us about the charity Sight Savers. The organist was Alvy Whitehead.
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Date:Oct 27, 2015
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