Weekend Report for November 24/25 2012

Last weekend focussed on the teenagers at Holmfirth Methodist Church. On Saturday members of the Sunday night Youth Club and their leaders organised a magnificent three course meal for 65 members of the Church and friends. Together with a raffle and a hilarious auction of items generously donated by local businesses the evening raised over £1200 for three chosen charities – The Forget me not Children’s Hospice, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Christian Aid.

The Sunday morning worship was led by Kath Beetlestone ably supported by the Young People and their leader, Martin Harrison. The theme of the service was “Achievements”, especially recognising what God has achieved for us, making each one of us unique and special, and what we should achieve for God by the way we live our lives, especially in thinking about others. The congregation were wowed by a DVD presentation of a song “I am amazing” by Philippa Hannah. The Young People dramatised the Parable of the Rich Fool and four of the recent achievements by the Church were recognised. Pete and Rebekah spoke about the National Methodist Youth Brass Band’s trip to Italy which had been supported by the Church, the hard work of many collectors during Christian Aid week which resulted in the best ever total for the Holmfirth area, the success of the Youth Club’s Summer Challenge when two groups raised over £300 for local charities by a number of imaginative activities and, of course, the Saturday Night Restaurant.

The usual lively hymn singing was greatly enhanced by a range of musicians - Laura (flute), Jonathan (violin), Carol (brass), Pete & Isaac (percussion) and Barbara (piano). After the service coffee was served in the schoolroom.

The early morning communion was led by Rev Laura Hardy and at the start of the morning service there was a presentation to Betty Roberts to celebrate her 80th Birthday.