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We have a couple of special meetings left in September. On Tuesday 17th September at 10.30 a.m. we resume our ‘Churches Together’ prayer meetings, joining with Christians from other churches to pray for our churches and community, this time at the Salvation Army on Straight Lane in Goldthorpe. All welcome; please feel free to let us know your prayer requests. John tells us, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.‘ (1 John 5:14-15) What an encouragement to pray!

We are hosting a coffee morning in order to raise funds for the cancer charity Macmillan on Saturday 28th September between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Come along for home made cakes and buns and hot and cold drinks and support Macmillan at the same time!

On Saturday 28th September between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be the Dearne Community Arts’ Festival at Astrea Academy Dearne (secondary school on Goldthorpe Road, S63 9EW). This local event seeks to champion creativity and celebrate community and is a wonderful opportunity to see what local residents get up to all year round! There will be exhibitions, performances, workshops and demonstrations with all kinds of arts on offer – painting, photography, crafts, woodwork, jewellery, knitting, sewing, crocheting, circus skills, music, dance, pyrography, 3D printing, virtual reality cinema, paper crafts, needle felting, hot wax painting, sand art, making bead badges, creative writing, poetry and much more!

The festival is free and suitable for all ages. It’s a great opportunity to buy Christmas presents (we have local people selling home decor, children’s clothing, blankets, baby cardigans, jewellery, hair accessories, Scrabble tile gifts, wooden vases and bowls, for example) and to look at some lovely art work (including projects done by local organisations such as Station House, the local history group and Dearne Churches Together), but there is also the opportunity to have a go at something creative yourself and to learn about different kinds of crafts. With face painting and body art by Julia Arts and light refreshments sold, we really hope you’ll come along to see for yourself and to support this local arts’ festival!