Mr Arthur Preston led the Sunday serv-|ice at Providence Methodist Church. "Called by name" was the theme for worship. Sheila Pearson welcomed all. Call for Worship, verses from Psalm 29. Mrs Sheila Pearson read from Isaiah chapter 43, verses 1-7. Christine Heeley read the second lesson from Acts chapter 8 verses 14-17. Luke from chapter 3, verses 15-17, 21 to 22 was read by Gwen Iredale. Mrs Margaret Israel was the organist. Coffee was served in the schoolroom following the service. Providence Messy Church was held in the schoolroom on Sunday morning. The children took part in activities about "Epiphany".
LINTHWAITE The speaker at Linthwaite Methodist |Church Thursday fellowship at the first meeting of the new year was member Peter Stead. He gave an excellent presentation entitled "Telephone Numbers" or "Thoughts on 2 World Wars" with movie clips and background music he told a sober story of the death of 60 million people. He was introduced by Chairlady Maureen Stead and the pianist was Jenny Baxter. Refreshments were served by Christine Hyde and Ruth Sheldrake. The speaker in two weeks time is Keith Barber, and his subject is "A Trip down Memory Lane". All meetings start at 2.30pm in the Church Centre.
|Local Preacher Judith Robinson con-ducted Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church. The welcomers were Henry and Margaret Tennant who also read the lessons. At the beginning of a new year Judith spoke about Jesus calling us all by name to serve Him during 2016. Linda Marshall led the prayers of intercession and the organist was Linda Nuttall. Worship next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Sue Burton.
MARSDEN Rev B Warwicker led Morning Worship |at The United Church Marsden on Sunday.
He is now in Pastoral oversight of the Church until September this year. Bible readings were by Ruth and Edward Sheldrake. Chris Cook played the organ. After the Service, tea and coffee were served by Jenny Eastwood and Rosemary Stagg whilst the Annual Church Meeting was held, chaired by Rev Warwicker. There will be the usual coffee break at the United Church from 10-11.30am this morning.
Services at St. Bartholomew's for Epiph-|any 2- the Baptism of Christ - started with Morning Prayer led by David Corps followed by Sung Eucharist conducted by the Rev. Stephen Henry who gave a talk about baptism and confirmation.
The lesson from Isaiah 43 v 1-7 and Acts |8 v 14-17 were read by Val France. Geoffrey Holroyd read the Gospel from Luke 3 v 15-17 and 21-22. Prayers were led by Carolyn Hansom. Jon Robinson was the organist. The Junior Church were learning about the Church's year and the colours of the altar frontals and vestments associated with the different seasons. Sideswomen were Jean Pennington and Audrey Armitage. Coffee was served by David Corps. The service today was conducted in the Lady Chapel at 9.30am MILNSBRIDGE At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, |the coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday to read and discuss together the Bible readings allotted for the day. On Wednesday at the Bible class, Martin Spencer led the meeting, when a talk "Man does not live by bread alone" was given by Graham Smith. The Sunday services were taken by Kevin Charlesworth and the talks presented by Martin Spencer. "A planet in crisis- what next?" was the talk at the evening Bible hour and considered climate change, global warning and the implications upon the planet. The meetings and talks planned for the coming week are as follows: on Wednesday January 13th at 7.30pm there will be a Bible reading and discussion session. The Bible hour subject on Sunday, January 14 at 6pm will be "Why Jesus Came." Visitors are most welcome at our meetings and talks.
PARKWOOD The Sunday morning service at Park-|wood Methodist Church, Longwood was taken by Judith Robinson of Taylor Hill. There were two readings. The first was Isaiah ch43 vs 1-7. This was a message to a people who had suffered much adversity and had begun to wonder if God had forgotten them. The second reading was from Luke ch3 vs 15-17 and 21 and 22. This told of the baptism of Jesus when he was called His beloved son by God. This marked His relationship with God and the beginning of His Ministry. Judith also spoke about the importance of Christian names. What do they mean? Do we remember other peoples? How were they chosen for us? Do we have one or two Christian names? Two being common now. Refreshments were served after the service by ladies of the church.
SLAITHWAITE At Slaithwaite Good Companions, Chris-|tine Shepherd welcomed us all back and we paid tribute to Marion Smith, a member who died on December 29. Well known and respected in Slaithwaite, she must have taught all our children at Slaithwaite's Junior and Infant School. Christine then introduced Sylvi Gibbs, visual artist who spoke and showed a film of the fire that ravaged Schofield and Smith's Mill at Crimble and well known for its worsted suits. Sylvi's home overlooked the mill and she was fortunate to receive salvaged swatches and patterns and from this makes beautiful pictures and themes. Some of which she shows at exhibitions and art shows. She was thanked by Christine for such an interesting afternoon.
St James Parish Church Holy Commun-|ion service for Epiphany led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton, the first reading Isaiah chapter 60 vs 1-60 "The future glory of Jerusalem" was read by Sarah Tooley. The Holy Gospel, Matthew chapter 2 vs 1-12 "Visitors from the East" was read by Rev Robin and his address was about Emagi, the Wise men and the Feast of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Light and for Christians Jesus the Light of the World. Prayers were led by Dorothy Gledhill, then the celebration of the Eucharist and the blessings. The little ones from the Sunday Club had a busy morning, with painted handprints made into figures. Also puppets and a huge star of the East to parade. Martin Lowles organising and some of the parents helping. The organist was Alvy Whitehead.