Sunday 5th June a JUBILEE service at St Mary’s.

This Sunday we have a very special service where we will be joined by the Queen!

Please join us as we celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee at our family service. As usual we will be in church and on zoom (links below). The zoom link opens at 11am and the service starts at 11.15am.

Please pass this on to family & friends who would like to join us.

Gracious God, we give you thanks
for the reign of your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
and for the example of loving and faithful service
which she has shown among us.
Help us to follow her example of dedication
and to commit our lives to you and to one another,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

To join the Zoom Meeting at 11am:

Meeting ID: 890 7140 6748

Passcode: 487793

Every week on Sunday:

        Jun 5, 2022 11:00 AM

Joint Parish Service – Sun 29th May – St Mary’s Wilshaw

As it’s the 5th Sunday of the month, the 4 churches in the #Meltham parish will come together for a special joint all age service at St Mary’s Wilshaw at 11:15am – Sun 29th May. There will be no services in the other churches.

It’s also the final day of the Wilshaw Flower Festival, so you can take the opportunity to have a look at the amazing flower displays whilst you’re there, and also have lunch too!

There are LOADS of beautiful flowers to see, plus a jubilee café serving afternoon tea, soup & LOADS of cake!! There’s also an amazing raffle with fantastic prizes.

ENTRY to the festival is FREE!!!!

Please join us to worship God, surrounded by flowers. How wonderful is that!

You can join us in church or online using Zoom from 11am:

Meeting ID: 890 7140 6748

Passcode: 487793

A big weekend at St Mary’s

It’s finally here!! The FLOWER festival weekend!

Opening times are: May 27th 28th 29th

Friday –     11am-4pm

Saturday – 11am-4pm

Sunday – 1pm-4pm

There are LOADS of beautiful flowers to see, plus a jubilee café serving afternoon tea, soup & LOADS of cake!! There’s also an amazing raffle with fantastic prizes.

ENTRY to the festival is FREE!!!!

On Sunday we have a parish service, lead by St James, which will be in church and on zoom (joining details below).

11.15am All Age Service

Please join us to worship God, surrounded by flowers. How wonderful is that!

To join the Zoom Meeting at 11am:

Meeting ID: 890 7140 6748

Passcode: 487793

Jubilee celebrations

The Big Village Plan for Sunday 5th June  

The community day for the Jubilee 

In the Village  

Scarecrow Festival. 

Makers/Farmers Market Bus Turning Circle 8 am to 2 pm.  

Robert Ashton Park. 

Party/ Picnic in the park. 10 to 4 pm.  

To include in the park, trade / charity/community stalls. 

Coffee (Bewdleys), Bar 3 Fiends, Ice Cream van poss. community led sports eg tug of war.  Meltham Band 1.15 to 14.00. 

The Parish’s role within this 

St. James’ Church open all day toilets and a quiet space.  

Parish providing family games eg big Jenga, Giant Snakes and Ladders plus we will aim to make some e.g. Tin Can Alley, Beat the Bell, Splat the Rat.   Other ideas welcome. 

Selling Hot Dogs. 

Encourage people to write their prayers on red, white and blue strips of paper which will then be clipped together to make a prayer paper chain for the Jubilee service.  

Encourage children to either bring or draw at the time A4 Royal/Queen pictures these will be displayed in church.  

Fall back plan if day is rained off: St James’ will be open from 10 to 4 for tea coffee cakes etc plus indoor craft type activities for children. 

4pm St James’ team will run a Family Jubilee Celebration service.  

About 30 minutes.  

People encouraged to wear red, white and blue. Children encouraged to wear home -made crowns etc. 

No morning service at St. James’.

Help we need from now . 

Please give your names and what you can offer to Mike.

Collect your tin cans labels off washed out. For tin can alley. Need at least 60. Need to be bake bean type cans not aluminum drink cans. 

Help to make games paint signs posters etc.  

We need about 100 small boxes / cans etc. wrapped with Queen type jobs stuck to them. 

2 adult sized crowns made.  

Saturday morning 4th June.   

Help to decorate church/ bunting etc. Help to plan. Set up some dry runs so we know what we are doing on Sunday morning. (iron out problems etc) 

Sunday 5th June.  

From 8 am help to set up. 

From 10.00 through day: 

  • People to be in church. 
  • Help with cooking hot dogs
  • Encouraging use of games. 
  • Encouraging children to do drawings to display in church.
  • Encourage people to write prayers on ribbon paper. 
  • Most of all to be friendly and talk to people inviting them to Jubilee service.  
  • 5 PM help to clear up.  

Quiet Garden

My husband (Colin) and I are Christians. We live in Meltham and worship at Milnsbridge Baptist Church. We would like to let you know about our garden, which is affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement (Home – Quiet Garden Movement), which helps organisations and individuals to offer a space for prayer and peace. Our garden (Riverside) is available, by appointment, to adults, and to children over the age of 11 if they are supervised. We are now open again after the winter. Riverside is a quiet space for anyone who’d like somewhere to sit, relax and/ or reflect, either by themselves or as part of a small group. We also welcome groups who would like to have their own lead activity. 
Painted stones (bible verses) and beaded butterflies have been put in various corners of the garden. They can be used as an aid to thinking, or as a fun project (try to find all eight butterflies or all the elements of the fruit of the Spirit). 

The house will be open for toilets and for shelter if it rains (essential in Yorkshire!) and there will be refreshments and some Christian Bible text colouring books available there as well.

We have completed a Risk Assessment and both this and our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed on request.

I have put a couple of links about our garden below.

In Christ
Jane Weaver
Riverside Garden, Meltham

Riverside Garden | Facebook

Riverside – Quiet Garden Movement

We need YOUR help! – Gardening and tidying – Calmlands Grave Yard – Sat 14th May

We could really do with some help tackling grass on Saturday 14th May at Calmlands grave yard. In the last 3 weeks it’s become a hay field. This Saturday 09.30 to about 12.00 – bring your own coffee. Even if you can only spare an hour, it will make the job easier – the more the merrier 🙂 Thank you!

The following week we will be at Helme Church. Details of further dates will be communicated soon.

Please contact Mike on 07867 951512 if you need further info……….

Parish Magazine – May 2022

Welcome to the May edition of the #Meltham Parish Magazine, and what an Easter filled edition it is!
Easter was so lovely this year to be able to get out and show Christ’s ‘Real Love’ for us all. You can read about it on pages 8&9. Ever wanted to know what is involved in ringing the church bells? Well turn to pages 12 & 13 to find out!
Also a last minute article on some social history documents on St James’ Church that was shown to the vicarage is on the centre page.

Thank you to all who have contributed with this issue, especially all your little ’Thank you’s’ really do show the church community working together. It really wouldn’t be the magazine it is without your input.

All contributions are considered both big and small, so please do send them in.

The next deadline for the June magazine will be:
Monday 16th May 2022
Please send them via or via the vicarage letterbox.
(150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL)

God Bless,