Parish Magazine – Double Issue for Jan & Feb 2022

Happy New Year from your #Meltham parish magazine editor!
This month I have taken the opportunity to make January and February a Double Issue! Christmas reviews in February feel very out of date and being a full time Mum with 3 young children takes a lot of work! I hope you, our valued readers, appreciate this and the work that goes into every issue being a team of 1. Besides February is a shorter month so you don’t have to wait too long till the next issue!

Thank you to all who have contributed and it’s a lovely issue full of Thank you’s and Christmas pictures. Please do note the changes to normal service patterns for the next couple of months and the various groups starting up again.

The next deadline for the March magazine will be:
Monday 14th February 2022

Please send them via:
via the vicarage letterbox.
(150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL)

God Bless,

Sunday 16th January


We are sharing in the Meltham Methodist Covenant Service.  This is a service at which we can celebrate all that God has done for us and affirm that we give our lives and choices to God.  

There are no other services in the Parish. 

A few carols from the carol singers…..Merry Christmas!

Unfortunately, St Bart’s choir have not been able to get out and about carol singing this year. However, we decided to have a quick get together in church and record us singing a few for those who have missed us. We’re hoping this captures the essence of it all the same.

So, grab a glass of your favourite tipple, sit, relax, close your eyes, and imagine they’re singing outside your door.
It’s a bit rough and ready – just like the real thing 🙂

Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

For unto us a child is born!
Join us this Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus at any of our churches across #Meltham Parish.

11:30pm: Midnight Communion – St Bartholomew’s Meltham
(the service will also be streamed live on YouTube so you can join in from home)

9:30am – St James’ Meltham Mills
10:00am – Christ Church, Helme
11:15am – St Mary’s Wilshaw

All our events can also be found on our facebook page:

Jigsaw Christmas

Dear friends
‘Happy Christmas’ from all in Jigsaw.
We thank you so much for all your support through love, prayer, gifts and school sponsorship throughout 2021. You have empowered Jigsaw to Share God’s love in so many ways with so many in need and hardship, thank you so much.

Jigsaw Christmas Appeal 2021
Christmas is a wonderful time to share the love, joy, peace, and provision of the good News of the birth of Jesus with those in most need and we invite you and your churches to join us in the ministry of Jigsaw through this appeal. This Christmas appeal is focussing on raising money for two important Jigsaw needs.
1. Jigsaw Christmas Parties:
At Christmas each year we share the Good News of the birth of Jesus, ‘God with us’ with over 2000 children, young people and families living on the streets and in slum and squatter areas in Metro Manila through Jigsaw Christmas Parties.The total we need for this year’s Christmas parties (£2.50 per child) is a total of £5000. Your gifts will go towards providing a wonderful party for over 2000 of the neediest children and young people. Each party will have games, songs, dancing, drama, a hot Christmas meal, the telling of the Christmas story and a Christmas gift for each child.
Please join us in bringing Christmas this year to each of these children and families by giving as you can to this appeal for Christmas parties, thank you so much.
2. A New Van for Jigsaw
In 2004 churches and supporters in the UK raised the funds for Jigsaw to buy a new van for their ministry. Little did we know that that van would be serving Jigsaw each and every day for the next 17 years. The van has never stopped moving carrying staff, toys, food and resources to slum and street ministries each day, taking children and families to schools, clinics and hospitals, distributing emergency relief and much, much more. However, after all these years the life of the Jigsaw van has come to an end, and it is time to pray and appeal for a new van for Jigsaw’s ministry.

A new L300 Mitsubishi van costs £14,000 pounds which seems an impossible amount to even say, let alone think about but we trust in our mighty God for all we need. Please join us in prayer and gifts for the funds Jigsaw needs to buy a new van to continue its ministry for the next 17 years. We remember the loaves and the fishers and God’s miracles with the small that we can give, together with God miracles can be done. Amen.

Giving to the Jigsaw Christmas appeal 2021:Gifts can be deposited to our bank account or transferred online to:
       Jigsaw Kids Ministries
        Lloyds Bank
        Account number: 03952804
        Sort Code: 30-94-43
Cheques can be sent to Jigsaw UK office: 1st Floor Chapel House, Chapel Lane, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5DX

Gift references: Please use the following references for your gifts: Gifts for the Christmas parties please use the ref: JigCpartiesGifts for the New Jigsaw van please use the reference JigVanGift Aid:
If you haven’t signed a gift aid form for Jigsaw and you would like to please use the following link and fill in an online gift aid form. Thank you. you everyone, Happy Christmas: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9 vs 6-7.

Jigsaw Ministries

Jigsaw special prayer request:
Dear friends,
I am writing with a special prayer request for one of Jigsaw’s young people. Her name is Jilsy, she’s 25 years old. She was one of the first students to graduate from our University Scholarship program and is also the sister of Jenalyn, our program manager.
Around 8 weeks ago Jilsy started to become ill, but then two weeks ago as things became worse, she was taken to the hospital by Jenalyn. She was found to have Lupus and that one of her kidneys had stopped functioning, she was told she needed a kidney transplant and was admitted to the hospital. At a cost of over 1.6 million pesos for the operation (15,000 pounds) this was out of the question and Jilsy started to have blood transfusion and dialysis every few days. Today Jenalyn our program manager who has been at the hospital for more than 10 days now (as she is not able to leave and go back due to covid) messaged me to say Jilsy over the weekend has had 2 seizures and the doctors have put her in an induced coma, so now Jenalyn is waiting and praying for her sister.

The doctors have said there are four possible causes for the seizure; lupus, hypertension, infection, or her dialysis. Jilsy is in a critical condition and Jenalyn and her family are so worried and scared, and Jenalyn has emailed me for prayer for Jilsy.
Please join us in prayer for Jilsy, for healing in the current situation that she may be able to regain consciousness and begin to breathe normally. For her general condition to improve and for the long term for some miracle solution for the need of a kidney. Please join us in prayer too for Jenalyn and her family for strength and comfort at these very difficult times.
Thank you.


Parish Magazine – December 2021

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the #Meltham Parish magazine. Thank you to all who have contributed this month and throughout the year. This month is a great edition and you can find out about all what is happening in our Churches on the centre pages. Also you will find out about all the recent groups that have started up again recently including the Alpha courses and Helme Ladies.

Plesase note the next deadline for the delayed January magazine will be:
Monday 3rd January 2022

Please send them via:
via the vicarage letterbox.
(150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL)

Happy Christmas!

Church Yard Working Groups – Sat 20th Nov 2021

The Church Yard Working Groups are working at St James’ Church, Meltham Mills – Sat 20th November – where we shall be paying particular attention to the trees! – Saturday morning from about 09.30 to 12.30 but even if you can only spare an hour, it all helps to make the job easier – the more, the merrier! Please bring loppers and saws etc.

Feel free just to turn up, for all or a part of the session. We have a good chat and a laugh as well as work. Cake is usually involved at some point too! As we are outside, it is always weather dependent, so rain coats or sun hats required!

If you would like to join this merry group and want to be kept up to date with future dates and locations, please contact Irene Harrop at: or 01484 664163 or contact Mike Still on 07867 951512 for further information