September has arrived and as the new school year starts, so the shops start filling up with Christmas things already. Whilst I don’t want to think about that just yet, this provides a good opportunity to give you notice of things that will be happening in the area for the rest of the year… Diaries to the ready!


In September, we have our ‘Churches Together’ prayer meeting on 17th September at 10.30 a.m. at the Salvation Army and then the Macmillan Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 28th September at 10.30 a.m. at our church.

Saturday 28th September is also the Dearne Community Arts’ Festival, which will be at Astrea Academy Dearne on Goldthorpe Road in Goldthorpe from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free arts’ festival gives the opportunity for local residents to showcase their talents and there’s a great range of exhibitions, performances, workshops and demonstrations happening all day.


On Wednesday 30th October, Dearne Churches Together will be hosting The Message Bus as part of our Family Fun Day. We will effectively be holding 3 sessions throughout the day in Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe and Bolton-on-Dearne. More details to follow, but this should be a great day as the bus is packed with activities for children and young people. We will also be hosting craft activities at different locations and will be serving free refreshments as usual.


We’ll be hosting another Advent trail, not with knitted sheep this time, but with knitted Nativity figures. Watch this space for more details.

On Monday 25th November, 4FrontTheatre will be back in Goldthorpe, visiting primary schools and giving an evening performance of ‘Back In Time For Christmas’, a show where Justin Time has finally completed his time machine and wants to go back 2000 years to the first Christmas so he can see it for himself and give baby Jesus a Christmas present of his own too…


Dearne Churches Together will be hosting a Christmas service on Saturday 14th December at 2 p.m. at Furlong Road Methodist Church in Bolton-on-Dearne and we’ll be holding our carol service on Sunday 22nd December at 6 p.m.