Holy Week

Holmfirth Methodist Church reflected on the events of Holy Week during a busy weekend. It began with a Maundy Thursday Service and meal at the church where they were joined by members of the Anglican Churches in the Valley. The service was jointly led by Rev Jo Brown and Rev Keith Griffin. After the meal folk moved to the Parish Church for the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday began with a reflective morning service led by Rev Jo Brown assisted with sensitive readings by Joan Tolson and Keith Kitson. In the afternoon a large number of children with their parents and carers enjoyed a busy Messy Church. Other adults supported an ecumenical Walk of Witness, following a Cross through the streets of Holmfirth to remind people of the true meaning of Good Friday. 

Easter Day began dramatically with an ecumenical Holy Communion Service in the car park on Holme Moss at 6am. Over 60 people joined the celebration led by Rev Sean Robertshaw and Rev Jo Brown. Many returned to the Methodist Church for a breakfast of tea and bacon butties.

Morning worship began in a darkened Church with dramatic reminders of the journey to the Tomb. The all age service was led by Kath Beetlestone supported by Sally Robinson’s worship team. Following the stripping of the Cross the congregation brought flowers to adorn the cross emphasising the transformation from “hopelessness to hope” that Easter brings. Everyone enjoyed a story about a caterpillar which changed from a chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly reminding everyone that death brings new life. The children distributed Easter Eggs to the congregation – one to keep and one to give way. After Holy Communion administered by Rev Jo Brown the decorated cross was carried outside to the Church lawn accompanied by the singing of “Thine be the Glory”.