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In addition to our usual weekly clubs (youth club for 5-11 year olds on Monday evening and Parent & Toddler group on Friday morning), we have a busy week ahead. The ‘Frontlines’ Bible study group is meeting on Tuesday evening and so our other midweek meeting will be on Friday morning when we will have a prayer meeting at 11.30 a.m. It’s so important that we pray together and listen to God’s voice as we share our hopes and fears with Him. As Oswald Chambers reminds us, ‘prayer is the greater work.’

On Wednesday 15th January, the Dearne Community Arts’ Festival community mosaic will be unveiled by Ian McMillan at Goldthorpe Library at 11.00 a.m. The mosaic was begun at our church on 1st June last year and in total, 15 community organisations and 252 people were involved in creating this stunning piece of artwork, designed by Thurnscoe artist Ruth Waterworth. If you’re free, do come along to the library (we’re upstairs!) to see it in its permanent home and share with those who created the mosaic. Free refreshments provided afterwards. If you’d like to be involved in this year’s Dearne Community Arts’ Festival (scheduled for Saturday 26th September at Astrea Academy Dearne), there’s a planning meeting on 15th January at 1.00 p.m. in the Snap Tin Cafe. All welcome.

On Saturday 18th January we’ll be holding our third Team Building Day between 4 and 6 p.m., led by Sarah Davey. The acronym ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ is so true, and the church is a place where we all have a part to play in what God wants to do in our local community. This time, we’ll be looking at communication and vision as we think about how to share the gospel effectively in our particular setting. There’ll be fun, games, challenges and the opportunity to reflect on what God is showing us and how we want to take that forward. Afterwards, we’ll be eating together, so either bring some food or some money for a takeaway and enjoy getting to know people better in a very relaxed atmosphere!

In addition, we’ll be having some new front doors fitted on Friday and hopefully some new window panes to replace those which have been broken or ‘blown’ in recent weeks. Please pray for all that is happening in the building this week and for our area at this time when vandalism and crime seem to be flourishing. May God move by His Spirit and use us to be His hands and feet in our area, ‘with God in the community and with God for the community.’