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Meltham Carol Singers from the Sixties/Seventies – hear them here!

Meltham Carol Singers from the Sixties/Seventies – hear them here!

A long time ago, in Meltham-lehem, so the holy bible says 🙂
………a group of 8 choristers got together and recorded a selection of local carols including the Meltham carol – Tenderly Sleeping. They called themselves the MELVO Singers (an abbreviation for Meltham Voices). Not sure of the exact date but think it was either in the Sixties or Seventies.

They recorded 14 carols in total. Some tracks are currently unidentified but I’m sure some of the old ‘Melthamers’ out there might know them.

The choir at St Bart’s still go out carol singing around the village and continue to sing some of these older local carols for the old ‘Melthamers’.

You can listen to the recording here (and hopefully learn them too, so they’re not lost for future generations. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas

Hear ye now the gladsome tidings
Tenderly Sleeping (The Meltham Carol)
Ring out O bells, right merrily
The Hallowed Season comes again
Peaceful gladsome Christmas morning
Morning Star
Salvation O the joyful sound (sweet chiming Christmas bells)
Carol sweetly carol
Goodnight dear friends
Unknown Carol (6)
Unknown Carol (7)
Unknown Carol (10)
Unknown Carol (12)
Unknown Carol (13)

Soprano: Muriel Stead and Margaret Ogden
Contralto: Betty Peel and Jean Lane
Tenor: Philip Stead and Gordon Sanderson
Bass: Eddie Lofthouse and Brian Ulrick

Don’t spend Christmas Day alone or without food!

If you, or anyone you know, will be alone on Christmas Day, or who won’t be having a dinner for any reason, then please contact us as soon as possible. We warmly invite anyone who would like to join us at Meltham Parish Church Hall for lunch on Christmas Day.

Catering will be by Helen & Kristi (who used to have the Foxhole, but have now moved on) and will include a two course meal, served by members of their staff and volunteers, and will be completely free of charge.

Please call and let us know if you wish to attend, as we need to know numbers for catering.

DON’T BE ALONE THIS CHRISTMAS!

For more information or to book your place, please call Pam Murgatroyd – 01484 349857 / 07761 393502 or call in and speak to Chris Smith at The Crossroads Centre.

Weekly News – w/c 17 Dec

PLEASE PRAY for those ‘in need’ this Christmas. Not just in need of money or possessions, but in need of a family, in need of knowing Christ as their loving Saviour, Father, Redeemer and Friend.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 3:7-18 …“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” As John encourages the people to bear good fruit and proclaim the gospel, ask yourself what you can do to help others this Christmas?

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK

Monday 17th December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 18th December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 19th December
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

SERVICES CHRISTMAS WEEK:
SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
4.00pm – Nativity & Carols

St James’ 9.30am – Holy Communion
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Service of the Word
Christ Church, 11.15am – Holy Communion

CHRISTMAS EVE
St James’, 4.00pm – Crib Service
St Bartholomew’s, 11.30pm – Midnight Communion – NOTE! – earlier start time.

CHRISTMAS DAY
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’, 9.30am – Holy Communion
Christ Church, 10.00am – Holy Communion
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Holy Communion

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Wednesday 19th December
Carol Singing for Christian Aid – Everyone welcome! 6.00 – 7.00pm at Morrisons, Meltham.

Christmas Day – 25th December
Don’t be alone Christmas Day Lunch – we warmly invite anyone who would like to join us at Meltham Parish Church Hall, for lunch provided
free of charge. If you, or anyone you may know, will be alone this Christmas Day, then please get in touch and let us know. Please call Pam –
01484 349857 / 07761 393502 or speak to Chris Smith at The Crossroads Centre.

Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com

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Carols in the Pub – Sat 15th Dec

It’s that time of the year again. The popular Carols in the Pub is back in #Meltham at the Waggon & Horses from 8pm – Sat 15th Dec.  We’ll be singing all your favourite carols in various styles and telling the Christmas story.  With with Rev John on the mic, and Simon at the piano, it’s sure to be a fun filled night. Come on down and join us.  All welcome!

Weekly News – w/c Mon 10 Dec

PLEASE PRAY for our Prime Minister, for our Government and for our Nation. As Theresa May leads us, facing such opposition and battle, pray that she, and all involved, would seek God and His strength, wisdom and authority to do what is best for our Nation at such a difficult and challenging time.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 3.1-6
Let us not forget or take advantage of God’s goodness toward us and how important it is for us to repent, as John the Baptist preached, and be forgiven, as we come before Him.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK
Monday 10th December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 11th December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 12th December
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s
(Please not that there is no 9.00am service this Wednesday as it is being replaced by the Seasonal Service & Lunch, details below)

NEXT SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER
St Bartholomew’s, 9.30am – Holy Communion
St James’ 9.30am – Service of the Word / Meditation
St Mary’s, 11.15am – Service of the Word
                   6.00pm – Carol Service
Christ Church, 11.15am – Holy Communion

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Wednesday 12th December
Advent Parish Communion with Seasonal lunch served afterwards, including mince pies, sherry and many more treats – at St Bartholomew’s Church, 11.00am

Friday 14th December
Meltham & Meltham Mills Band Christmas Concert – 7.00pm at St Bartholomew’s Church. Tickets £8.00 available from The Flower Box / entry on the door

Saturday 15th December
Carols in the Pub – 8pm onwards at the Waggon & Horses. Come, rejoice and be merry!

PLEASE REMEMBER: The deadline for the January magazine has been brought forward, due to the Christmas holidays. The last date to submit items is Monday 10th December.
Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com

‘Oasis’ amendment

On Thursday 13th December at St James’ there will be an Oasis Quiet Day for Advent beginning with coffee from 10.00 and ending by 3.00pm.

Come and spend some time in this quiet and special place reflecting on the meaning of the Christmas story and how God’s gift to the world can bring us from darkness into light.

Drinks and biscuits will be available, but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.

‘Oasis’ Quiet Day update

On Thursday 13th December at St James’ there will be an Oasis Quiet Day for Advent beginning with coffee from 10.00 and ending by 3.00pm.

Come and spend some time in this quiet and special place reflecting on the meaning of the Christmas story and how God’s gift to the world can bring us from darkness into light.

Drinks and biscuits will be available, but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day.

Weekly News – w/c 3 December

PLEASE PRAY for people who may be alone this Christmas. Children, adults and elderly, who for many reasons may not have families or friends around them. Pray that everyone will feel loved, not just by human kindness but by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, to know the reason He came and why we celebrate Christmas.

READ THE GOOD NEWS – Luke 21:25-36
At this time of year we focus and celebrate Jesus’ first coming, as a baby in a manger, but this passage reminds us to also prepare for His second coming. “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

PRAYER AND WORSHIP IN THE COMING WEEK

Monday 3rd December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, Christ Church

Tuesday 4th December
9.30am – Morning Prayer, St Mary’s

Wednesday 5th December
9.00am – BCP Holy Communion, St Bartholomew’s
10.00am – Meltham Churches Together Prayers for the Community, St Bartholomew’s

NEXT SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER
St Bartholomew’s – Holy Communion, 9.30am
St James’ – Holy Communion, 9.30am
– 5 Alive, 5.00pm
St Mary’s – Holy Communion, 11.15am
Christ Church – Service of the Word, 11.15am

OTHER INSERTS FOR YOUR DIARY:
Wednesday 5th December
Growth & Development Evening – The Vicarage (please note new venue) at 7.30pm
Friday’s (weekly)
Greenacres Coffee Cake Morning – All are welcome! 10.00am – 12.00pm at Greenacres Care Home

Sunday 9th December
Candle Lighting Service for Bereaved Parents
– St Mary’s Church, Wilshaw at 6.30pm.
Please speak to Jacqueline for more information – 01484 663867

Thursday 13th December
OASIS Quiet Day – St James’ Church, Meltham Mills, 10.00am – 3.00pm (come and go as you must). Please bring a packed lunch.
Speak to Jenny for further details – 01484 859830

Please send all weekly news entries to Amelia at parishofchristtheking@gmail.com