On Sunday 31 December it was St. John’s turn to hold our Joint Service of Holy Communion with St. Luke’s.
Friday 29 December saw the wedding of Daniel O’Connor and Jennifer Walmsley.
On Wednesday 27 December we held a morning Communion Service to commemorate the anniversary of St. John the Evangelist.
Unfortunately our Boxing Day walk had to be abandoned due to heavy rain.
Midnight Communion was held on Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm, followed with a Family Holy Communion on Christmas Day morning.
Our Crib and Christingle Service with Nativity Play in Church on Christmas Eve was, as usual, a joyful event and well attended, with extra seating having to be provided. The retiring collection raised a generous £254.02, which will be donated to The Childrens’ Society.
Our Christmas Celebrations started with a service held at St. Luke’s on 6 December, including our choir at St. John’s. On the 17 December we held our annual Choir Service at St. John’s, with the retiring collection being donated to a Children’s Cancer Charity.
Our annual Christmas Shoebox Collection Service was on Sunday 19 November. 135 shoebox Christmas parcels for orphan children in Belarus were made up and donated at the service. Carol Hartley, the organiser for the charity Teams4U, expressed her gratitude and gave a talk on how the presents bring bring so much joy to the children.
Our Remembrance Service was held in Church on Sunday 12 November. A two minute silence was held and Stewart Warrington played the Last Post in remembrance of the ending of hostilities in the First World War.
Our Coffee Morning in the Parish Room on Saturday 28 October was a happy event, raising £283 towards Parish Funds.
The Walking Group did a circular walk round Rishworth, Ripponden on Wednesday 25 October. It was somewhat heavy underfoot following the recent wet weather.
We held our annual Harvest Festival during our Morning Service on the 1 October. The Service was well attended and generous donations of food were provided. The food was delivered to the Heywood Food Bank the following Monday.
Our September Coffee Morning in the Parish Room raised a healthy £180.00 towards Parish Funds.
The Hopwood Community Group held an Afternoon Tea in the Parish Room on the 19 September. Sandwiches, cakes and scones aplenty, plus games and quize’s.
St. John’s held a Craft & Heritage Day on Saturday 16 September from 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Included was a display of weddings which have taken place at church. Also we had copies of Marriage Registers from July 1920 up to the end of 1980 available, plus some Baptism Registers and Remembrance Books on those from our Parish who died in the First and Second World Wars. Along with general history memorabilia on display, there were refreshments available, cakes, plus coffee, tea and soft drinks. Crafts include card making, photography, woodcarving, knitted crafts, needlework and paintings.
Our Coffee Morning on the 6 September in aid of Rochdale Hospice raised £280.
Our August Coffee Morning in the Parish Room raised a healthy £218.00 towards Parish Funds.
The Walking Group walked round Phillips Park on Wednesday 23 August. It was a damp start, but ended in brilliant sunshine.
The Hopwood Community Group went on a Coach Trip to Llandudno on Wednesday 9 August. It proved to be a bracing sunny day, with many enjoying a pleasant walk along the promenade.
With the 30 July being the fifth Sunday in the month, it was our turn to welcome the congregation of St. Luke’s to our 11.00 am Communion service, which was presided over by Rev. Robert Whyborn.
On the same morning, some members of our churches attended the Service at Heywood War Memorial to remember those who died at Passchendaele 100 years on.
The Walking Group, which is not restricted to Church members, but available to anyone who wishes to come for some exercise and company, walked round Wayoh Reservoir in Edgeworth on Wednesday 26 July. It was a rather damp, but enjoyable, walk and an excellent lunch was had at Black Bull Inn at the end of the walk.
The Coffee Morning in the Parish Room on Saturday 22 July was well attended and proved to be an enjoyable occasion, as well as contributing to Parish funds.
Our Work Morning on Saturday 15 July proved very productive in general tidying and maintaining the church, inside and out.