Yes, we’re just one week away from the official opening!

Rather than focussing on what remains to be done before then (the thought of which, I have to confess, is bringing me out in a cold sweat..!), let me take this opportunity to let everyone know what is on the agenda for Saturday 3rd July.

The Open Day will start with an official opening of the building at 10 a.m. The Deputy Mayor of Barnsley will cut the ribbon on the main hall and the Chair of Coalfields’ Regeneration Trust will cut the ribbon on the community hall.

The Open Day will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. In the foyer and main hall, people will be able to see photographs and a presentation of all the hard work that has gone on to transform the building along with a timeline of this journey of faith and the way God has answered prayer. We will be looking to find out what activities people want to see in the building in the future as well as praying for any requests people have.

In the community hall, there will be a variety of activities, some using the equipment purchased from our previous CRT grant (Wii-fit, snooker, air hockey and table tennis) and some using the many talents of local people (craft activities, face-painting, balloon modelling and colouring and competitions for children.)

Free refreshments will be served throughout the day.

After a break to tidy things around, we will be holding an evening celebration service starting at 7 p.m.

We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend the day. It’s the Dearne Carnival in Goldthorpe on the same day, so we hope this will be an opportunity to see the masses of activities that can be done in the town. There really is a lot on offer here!

So, if you have some time spare next Saturday, come along and see the building in all its glory (something digital photos simple can’t capture!