* Canon Stephen Henry welcomed the congregation and led the first Sunday of Lent service at St John's Church. Margaret Henry gave the gospel reading from Mark 1 v19-15 "The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus" on which Stephen based his address. Prayers were led by Sue Star. Sunday Club talked about "Creation" and had made a large picture and Sunday Youth looked at the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and Lent. There will be no 10am service at St John's on March 4. All are invited to a joint service at Providence Methodist Church at 10.30am.
* A meeting was held on Saturday at St John's, organised for the community around the church to come and visit and see what goes on and to ask for any suggestions of use of the building for the future. This was followed by a faith lunch. * On Sunday a morning service at the Infirmary was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson.
* Morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Roger Nelson who celebrated Holy Communion, read a lesson and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Debbie Linsell-Fraser and Ian Blakeley preached and prayed. The evening service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, who read a lesson, preached and gave a blessing. A lesson was read by Margaret McQuillan, who also led prayers and the organist was Rhona Jepson.
* The Rev Jo Archer-Siddall led morning worship and celebrated Holy Communion at Linthwaite Methodist Church. The reading was from Jeremiah 29 v11-14 -''For I know the plans I have for you.''Rev Jo's theme for her sermon was Retail & Rhythm in which she posed the question 'What if we get everythingwe ask for?'' The organist was Linda Nuttall and Will Morrison operated the Audio Visual Equipment. Junior Church leaders were Ed Archer-Siddall, Diane Loftus, Joanna Ambler and Andrea Morley.
* The annual Linthwaite Old Folks' Treat will hold their annual lunch on Saturday March 3, commencing at 12.30pm, to which anybody aged 65 and over who live within the Treat boundary are invited to attend. If you have not received an invitation, please contact Mairi MacKay on 852300.
* Last Sunday, morning worship at the United Church Marsden was led by Raymond Brook of Outlane. He preached on the temptations of Jesus. The Old Testament Bible reading was by Ruth Sheldrake. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd.
Refreshments after the service were served by Ruth and Edward Sheldrake. On Saturday, March 3, the Church is holding its Annual Spring Fair from 10.00am to 2.00pm. There will be all the usual stalls including a Chocolate Tombola and a Raffle. Refreshments will be served including Morning Coffee and Cooked Lunches. Music will be provided by Marsden Junior Brass Band.
* A service of Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes was held at St Bartholomew's on Ash Wednesday. The service was jointly with the United Church. Christine Garside read the lesson from Corinthians and the sermon was preached by the Vicar.
* Sunday service for the first Sunday in Lent was Sung Eucharist led by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside, who preached the sermon and offered prayers of intercession. Our Licensed Reader, Joan Biggs, read the Gospel from Mark chapter 9 v15-end. The lessons from Genesis Chapter 9 v8-17 and 1 Peter chapter 3 v18-end were read by Margaret O''Connor. Ian Hunt was the organist. The Junior Church children were led by David Fisher and learnt about the meaning of Lent. They made a large cross on which they drew ways they could make the season more meaningful to them. Sidespersons were Kevin Purcell and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served in the Hall by Noreen Carr, Cynthia Batley and Audrey Armitage. Services continue on Tuesdays at 9.30am in the Lady Chapel. The Lent House groups meet at the Vicarage on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
* At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Wednesday , the Bible class was led by Martin Spencer. Paul Rose gave a talk on Gideon. The introductory reading from Judges chapter 6 verses 1-24 was read by Jonie Barrett. Sarah Barrett was the organist.
* The Bible seminar group met on Thursday evening to continue the study of the book of Revelation.
* On Sunday, Kevin Charlesworth was the president, David Turner played the organ. The speaker was Giles Marsden from Stockport, his talk at the evening meeting was 'What the Bible says about family.' The introductory reading was from Ruth chapter 1. This Wednesday at 7.30pm the subject for the Bible class will be Sacrifice.
* The annual fraternal gathering will be held on Saturday March 3 at 3.30pm. The guest speaker will be David Smith from Wardley and his theme for the day is 'Corinthian challenges.' David will also be the speaker on Sunday evening at 6pm, his subject title will be 'Life after death - what's that all about?' PARKWOOD .
* Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher Dr Roy Squires, bible readers Jill Ritchie and Jean Johnson, a prayer of thanksgiving by Robert Whittam. The Lenten cross was placed in church with a bible reading by Sheila Swain, and the symbols of bread and wine presented by Barbara Rushforth at the cross. Organist was Daniel Fields, and Messy Church morning was held in the school room for the children organised by the leaders Naomi Sharp and Jez Hackett plus church members. Coffee was served after the service by Enid Coulson and Margaret Noble.
* On Thursday, Slaithwaite Good Companions, Margaret Cook introduced the Rev Glen Cannon, who entertained us with his guitar, singing folk songs, both humorous and serious, and also poetry. Thanked by Pat Muirhead. Margaret was also the pianist.
* St James' Parish church evening service for Ash Wednesday and the Imposition of the Ashes. Service led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton, and the organist was Alvy Whitehead. * St James Parish Church Holy Communion service for the first Sunday in Lent led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton, the lesson from Genesis chapter 9 v8-17 "God's covenant with Noah" was read by Simon Parkinson. The Holy Gospel Mark 1 v 9-15 "The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus" and the address were given by Heather Croft. Prayers were led by the Rev Townsend, this was followed by the Eucharist. The Sunday School led by Simon and the children had been designing shields. The organist was Alvy Whitehead.
* Film night took place on Tuesday evening at the Methodist Church when church member enjoyed the Biblical film "Esther". The evening was arranged by Jennifer Twycroft. The Rev Bob Whitfield and his wife Brenda were the speakers at the Wesley Guild on Thursday evening and told of an exchange visit to America. Gordon Ellis of the Devotional Section was in the chair and led prayers.
* Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Jonathan Burton, of Lepton. Before the service began Heather Copley offered the bread and wine to the Lenten Cross and Bessie Whitwam read the Lenten prayer. Jonathan read from Exodus "God's covenant with Noah" and Betty Robshaw read from Mark's Gospel "The Baptism of Jesus". The organist was Wendy Redfearn.