Dave had a number of announcements to give tonight.

Firstly, he reminded us of the Macmillan Coffee Morning on 28th September. The Methodist church on Furlong Road will be holding an Autumn fête on the same day, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a bouncy castle and barbecue at this event, to which we were all invited.

Then he read out a letter on behalf of the leadership of the church, following the announcement made last week regarding the pastorate of the church.

“Last week Pastor Mark made a very important announcements which he gave in the form of a letter to each one of us. He announced that he was resigning as Pastor at the end of this year.

First of all, I would like to express the gratitude of everyone in the church for the sterling service that Mark and Diane have given to the church over the last eight years. Their love, commitment and dedication have led us to where we are at the moment.

They are not leaving the church and we all look forward to working with them in the new ministries which God will open up to them.

Since hearing of Mark’s decision, the elders of the church have been in prayer seeking the will of God as the church moves forward. The result is that the elders have come to the unanimous decision that we should ask Garry Turner to accept the position of Pastor of Goldthorpe Pentecostal Community Church.

We are delighted to confirm that Garry has accepted the position and that he will be our Pastor from 1st January 2014.

Please pray for Garry and Julie as they accept this challenging position, and pray for the special anointing of God on them as they seek to lead the church in the direction that God has for us. Please also pray for Stephen.

I am sure that we all welcome Garry as our new pastor and look forward to working with him and Julie as they lead us forward in God.

If anyone has any objections to this appointment, then please submit them to me, in writing, within the next 7 days.

Dave Wood.”