As a grandparent with a two-year-old granddaughter, I am rediscovering the joys of building blocks. These wooden blocks provide hours of fun: first of all, as an adult builds towers for the toddler to knock down gleefully and then as the toddler learns to build them up for themselves, balancing shapes and bricks to form the strongest, tallest structures. Some blocks can even be used to teach other things, such as letters of the alphabet or numbers. Experience Barnsley has a section where children can use building bricks to build a new town centre, allowing imagination free rein!

Peter tells us ‘you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’ (1 Pet 2:5) All of us are important to God and to the church, and we need your ideas, suggestions and input as we go forward in the new year. To this end, we’ll be holding a ‘Building Blocks’ meeting on Saturday 2nd March at 4 p.m. when we’d love as many members as possible to come along and discuss with us how we can go forward with God as we seek to fulfil Jesus’s command to go into the whole world, making disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded. (Matt 28:18-20) What new things does God want to breathe into being? How can you be involved in all God is doing through His church? We hope to hold these meetings on a regular basis and see people enthused and committed to serving God. All of us have a vital role to play; we need every living stone to take their place! Come along to find out more.