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We’re very excited about the Christmas activities that are being planned at the moment. On Wednesday, a group of volunteers prepared all the goody bags, ready to give out to schoolchildren and those attending our pantomime performances on Monday.

On Monday (25th November), 4FrontTheatre will be back in Goldthorpe, performing their Christmas show ‘Back In Time For Christmas’. There will be familiar faces and new ones in the team as Justin Time travels in his amazing time machine to take his own gift to baby Jesus…

Please pray for the 3 shows in Goldthorpe on Monday (to pupils of Goldthorpe Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and the general public in the evening), but also pray for the two teams as they tour the whole country with this show and with ‘Job and Jingle’ (our show’s going north, in green!)

Then on Friday 6th December we have our Parent & Toddler Christmas party in the morning (always great fun!) and in the afternoon between 4 and 8 p.m., Market Street will be heaving as Goldthorpe Development Group host the Goldthorpe Christmas Market again. We’ll be open for refreshments (our luxury hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows or flakes are highly popular), craft activities and you can also have your Christmas presents wrapped! Later on, at 6 p.m., we’ll have a community carol singalong in the church car park.

Don’t forget the ‘Churches Together’ Advent Nativity (Knitivity?) Trail, which will be happening from this coming week. Knitted Nativity figures will be finding their place in shops in Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe and Bolton-on-Dearne, and children from all local primary schools will be given leaflets to fill in, telling us which figure is in which shop. Those who bring their completed sheets to the ‘Christmas Celebration’ on Saturday 14th December will have the chance to win a luxury hamper (there’s a hamper per village!) Our thanks to the army of knitters who have worked so hard to create these figures.

So there’s lots to celebrate and get involved in!