How We Got Here
We arranged with the Deputy Mayor of Barnsley and the Chair of CRT to attend the Open Day and cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the main door to the church hall and the door to the community building. We actually had visitors coming into the building before the official opening as we were setting things up, but just before 10 a.m., we went outdoors to await the official opening…
By now, all the dignitaries were here, but we were still waiting for the press photographer. Soon, though! Soon it would be open!
In addition to displaying posters in as many different locations as would accept them (shops, schools, churches, libraries, leisure centres, doctor’s surgeries etc.), we distributed about 1000 flyers before the Open Day to let local residents know about the Open Day.
We also had a table where people could read about all the different ways in which God has answered prayer over the years, including a photo album tracing the church’s history and the Bible verses which have sustained us on this journey. There was also the opportunity for people to write their own prayer requests for the church to pray over. It’s difficult to see on the photo, but there is actually a cross on the board to which prayer requests could be attached:
Some of the people who visited knew a lot about this journey (some have even followed the blog to find out about it!) But most of the 300 people who visited during the day knew very little about it and were simply excited to see what a new building in Goldthorpe had to offer. We hope they left knowing much more than when they arrived!
Well, there are literally hundreds of photographs to process from the Open Day, so I thought I would start by going through things chronologically. This post is therefore looking at the preparations leading up to the official opening at 10 a.m.
Many of us arrived at about 8 a.m. on Saturday to do all the last-minute jobs that couldn’t be done beforehand…
(Those of you who are keen will notice that before the start, we were still using real mugs. Keep an eye on future photos…!)