Our aim at GPCC is to be ‘with God in the community, with God for the community.’ The miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding (John 2:1-11) reminds us that Jesus spent His life among people, in the midst of community.
We do not want to be people who simply meet for church services, important though these are. We want to be people who are involved in our community in everyday life. It’s why we hold coffee mornings and fun days; it’s why we open our building to parents and toddlers. It’s why we seek to be involved with other churches and other community groups. It’s why we organise events and join in with what goes on in our community that is wholesome and good. It’s why we support the Salvation Army food bank. A lot happens locally, and we want to be salt and light in our community, not hiding our light under a bowl. (Matt 5:14-16) Jesus was there, at a wedding, and His presence there made all the difference to the couple and their families, even though the majority of people present probably didn’t know anything about the miracle that happened in their midst. In the same way, our presence in our community makes a difference, even though the majority of people in Goldthorpe may not know who we are or what we do. Jesus made it very clear that being salt and light are vital aspects of the lives of believers. We are not called simply to remain in our building, hidden away. We are called not only to fling open our doors to others but to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations. (Matt 28:18-20)
Let’s be involved in the everyday life of our community as Jesus was.