Mark McKeown shared with us tonight an innovative way of raising money for the poor and needy in the run-up to Christmas. In addition to the usual tins and food items we are bringing to church, we can sponsor him from now until 14th December to raise money which will be used to buy even more items to help with the Salvation Army’s Christmas food project. He will be growing a beard and then shaving one half of this off… an unusual sponsored event, but one which is bound to attract comment and attention, which can then be used to explain his motivation for doing this! Hopefully, we can raise a substantial amount of money to buy food and items of clothing for the poor and needy of Goldthorpe. If you would like to sponsor Mark and pledge money for this cause, please email or sign up to the sponsor form at church!

We will be holding a celebration service on Saturday 4th January 2014 at 6 p.m. to thank Mark and Diane for their work leading the church over the past eight-and-a-half years and to welcome Garry and Julie to their new roles within the church. Further details will be available nearer the time, but since we know Christmas and the New Year are always busy times for people, we wanted to make sure the date goes in the diary now!