MEMORIAL SERVICE – Sunday 5th November 2023 – 4pm – St Bartholomew’s Church, Meltham

You are invited to our special memorial service on Sunday 5th November – 4pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Meltham. This service offers an opportunity for anyone who would like some time and space to remember someone special to them who has passed away either recently or at any time in the past and to give thanks for their life and the memories they shared together. There will be an opportunity during this service for anyone who wishes to do so, to light a candle in remembrance of those people.

All are welcome.

Meltham Mustard Seed Charity – Update – October 2023


As many of you will know, Meltham Mustard Seed began its work in 1997 helping to support orphans in the village of Kyema in Uganda. Over the years this charity has supported many young people enabling them to grow up, importantly, in kindred foster families and be educated. Indeed, several have degree level qualifications and exciting careers ahead of them due to your support.

In 2019, we worked with the local committee in Kyema to put together a self-sustainability plan. After 4 years of hard work, the local Mustard Seed team in Kyema are now in a position to continue to provide support to orphans without the financial support of Meltham Mustard Seed. This is a fantastic achievement.

Visiting the sugar fields which will be harvested soon. Mary, nursey school head teacher and Rev Joan of KMS.
These sugar fields will be harvested end of 2024, early 2025. Land acquisition continues for building small housing units in future.

This means that we can now formally close down the Meltham Mustard Seed charity, as our work is complete. There are a number of practical steps that we need to take to do this, including dialogue with the Charity Commission, our bank and our supporters.

We have asked supporters, who donate by standing order, to cancel these as we will make a final payment with any more final donations to Kyema in December this year.

We, the Mustard Seed committee, want to thank you for the support over many years that has enabled us to support many children, who otherwise would have had a very uncertain future.

Additionally, you have helped us create a lasting legacy, which was always the vision that John Bakanoba had when Mustard Seed first began.

Emmaton, one of current MMS orphans supported by his grandmother.

Joint Parish Service of Holy Communion – Sunday 29th October 2023 – 10:30am

It’s a five Sunday month again, so as is tradition here in the Parish of #Meltham, we shall be having a joint parish communion service so we can all come together and worship as one. This time, it will take place up at Christ Church, Helme. Sunday 29th October at 10:30am.

DON’T FORGET! – the clocks go back this weekend!

Please note that there won’t be any other services at the other churches in the parish on this Sunday – the idea is that everyone comes along to this one.



Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Saturday 14th October

9.30am – 12 noon

Parish Church Hall

Please could you bake a cake or traybake or biscuits for this event. They can be taken to the church hall from 9am.

Raffle prizes would also be appreciated.

Meltham Parish Magazine – October 2023

Hello Autumn!
Welcome to the October edition of the magazine, the weather is getting colder so grab a cuppa and enjoy your latest edition. Hopefully you’ll not have failed to notice we have a new Parish logo unveiled, this was agreed at the last PCC meeting.

As ever there are lots of interesting articles and updates including HDFHS (pg 12) and St Mary’s (pg 23). There are lots of tributes throughout this issue to Rev Peter Rolls.
Thank you so much to all who have contributed this month, I had so much to include I have either had to edit or save some for a future edition! But don’t let that put you off as I’m always happy to receive submissions.

The deadline of the November magazine will be Friday 20th October 2023. Please send them via: or via the vicarage letterbox (150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL).
God Bless,

HARVEST FESTIVALS – OCTOBER 2023 – supporting Meltham Crossroads Food Bank


Join us for our Harvest Festivals across the Parish either this Sunday (1st October) or next Sunday (8th October)

Sunday 1st October:
09.30am St James’ – MELTHAM MILLS
11.15am Christ Church – HELME

Sunday 8th October:
09.30am St Bartholomew’s – MELTHAM
11.15am St Mary’s – WILSHAW

It’s also the Season of Invitation so join us and invite all the family, neighbours and friends too!

We shall be collecting items for the Meltham Crossroads Food Bank – any gifts given will be gratefully received. Items can be brought to any of the churches or the Crossroads centre.

They especially need the following items currently:
Semi Skimmed or Whole long life milk, Canned meat meals, Tuna, Eggs, Breakfast Cereal, Jam. Other helpful items include; Coffee, Sugar, washing up liquid, Toiletries e.g shampoo, shaving cream, shower gel, toothpaste,
soap and feminine hygiene products.

Fresh and frozen veg welcome but these must be delivered to the centre only.
Financial donations are also welcome. Please post through the centre door, labelled clearly ‘Food Bank’.

The food bank is open Mon-Fri, 10am – 12.30pm.

Please share widely!


Thank you!


Now that the Summer hols are over, TODDLER CHURCH will be restarting on Monday 11th September up at Helme Church. If you have not been to Toddler Church, before, then why not give it a go?

We meet in the church on Monday mornings from 9.00 -11.00am during term time. We are a friendly group and you will receive a very warm welcome.

Hope to see you there 🙂

It’s fun; it’s friendly; and it’s welcoming.

Meltham Parish Magazine – September 2023

Welcome Back! To those of you (like us) who have been away for their holidays, welcome back and I hope you have had a great time. Apologies for the delay to the September issue as I have been on holidays and ‘back to school’ to organise. However I must say a great BIG THANK YOU to Alison Whiteley for helping me out and getting this issue started, – Thank you!

This month’s has lots of interesting articles and updates from many people including Helme Ladies (pg 12) and Chris Sinclair (pg 24). Not forgetting a fantastic time at Keswick (pg31) which I would encourage you to think about joining us next year.

They do say Summer is the time for weddings, it sure was, have a look on page 19 as we send our congratulations.

The deadline of the October magazine will be Monday 20th September 2023.
Please send them via or via the vicarage letterbox.
(150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL)

God Bless,