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|We are Goldthorpe Pentecostal Community Church, an independent Pentecostal church situated in Goldthorpe, half-way between Barnsley and Doncaster in South Yorkshire. We are a group of local people working with God in the community and with God for the community.||We are a Pentecostal church affiliated to mainstream Christian teaching, working alongside other churches in our community. We believe in God the Father, Jesus, His Son and the power and working of the Holy Spirit in and through us. We believe God is real and alive and wants us to know Him personally and be part of His amazing story of salvation.||We meet on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for a Communion service and at 6:00 p.m. for a family service as well as on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. for Bible study/ prayer. Other activities are held during the week for toddlers, children and other groups. We are very informal and relaxed and seek to welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. Come along and join with us!|
|→ The Clue Is In The Name!|
|We are Goldthorpe Pentecostal Community Church, an independent Pentecostal church (registered charity number 1126102) situated in Goldthorpe, half-way between Barnsley and Doncaster in South Yorkshire. We are a group of local people working with God in the community and with God for the community. We are passionate about our local community, believing that God works in and through local people in a local setting, yet we are also part of the worldwide body of Christ. Come along to find out more and be assured of a warm welcome! If you want to know more, read the blog section of the website or click on ‘Sermons’ to listen to the sermons.|
|→ Our Beliefs|
|The doctrinal basis of the Church shall be founded on Scripture and shall include belief in:
One God, the Sovereign Creator of the Universe, who has revealed Himself in three co-equal and co-external persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The complete humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless, atoning and substitutionary death for all men as the only means of salvation,
Repentance for sin and the acceptance by faith of Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, and the consequent obligation upon all believers to present this gospel of the mercy of God to all men.
The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Birth and indwelling and baptising the believer, and the validity and exercise of His gifts today.
The Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God, the final authority in all matters of faith, conduct, and church order.
The guilt and depravity of man by consequence of the Fall, rendering him subject to the wrath and condemnation of God, who is holy and just.
The resurrection of all men to final judgement before Jesus Christ.
The baptism by immersion of all believers and the regular observance by believers of the Lord’s Supper.
|→ Meet the teams who serve our church through our many outreaches:|
As evangelical Christians, we believe in the authority of the Bible and know that God speaks through His Word to guide us and direct us in every aspect of our everyday lives. We seek to teach from the Bible at every opportunity, using a variety of methods and means. All our leaders are involved in preaching and we like to encourage others to develop in this ministry. God’s Word has the power to transform us and we believe God speaks through the Bible to enable us to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, His goal for every believer’s life. (Rom 8:28-29) You can listen to sermons preached at church from the ‘Sermons’ section of the website where these are listed in date order and under each preacher’s name (right hand side.) Written summaries of the sermons also feature in the church blog section of the website (‘What’s Happening Now’).
Music is a powerful tool in worship and at GPCC we love to worship God through songs! We believe worship is our whole-hearted response to God’s extravagant love and mercy and that joyful worship is the freedom cry of a rescued soul. Garry Turner leads the music worship team; if you would like to know more about serving God in this way, please contact him. We are keen to welcome sound and lighting technicians to our team as well as musicians and singers, but most of all, we are looking for people who have a heart for worship and who love God with all that they are.
Every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, we run a coffee morning outreach. Refreshments are served and this is a great opportunity to meet people and get to know them in a relaxed atmosphere. Prices are very low and we see this as a way of introducing the church to our local community. The coffee morning is run by a team of volunteers who love people and we are able to pray with people as opportunities arise. All are welcome to attend, so this is a great way to find out more about the church and get to know church members.
Children and young people are not just part of tomorrow’s church, but belong to God’s church right now! We run a Sunday School during the Sunday evening meeting where children can learn more of God in age-appropriate ways (see below) and on Monday evenings we run a youth club for children aged 5-11 years. Craft activities and games are available and there is also a tuck shop selling sweets and drinks at affordable prices. Thanks to a grant from Coalfields’ Regeneration Trust some years ago, we have a range of exciting activities on offer, including Wii games, table tennis and table football.
Parent ‘n’ Toddler Group
The Parent ‘n’ Toddler Group on Friday mornings has been running for many years now and is a great place for parents of pre-school children to come and chat whilst their children play. We have a good range of toys and play equipment and refreshments are served during this meeting. Come along and have a chat with other parents and give your toddler the opportunity to meet other children and learn social skills!
We are privileged to be involved with local churches in serving the needy in our community through the Salvation Army food bank in Goldthorpe. We collect food, clothing and other items and pass these on to the Salvation Army, working closely with leaders there to help serve our local community in practical ways, showing God’s love not only with words and speech, but with actions and truth. (1 John 3:19) See Mark & Debbie McKeown for further details on how you can help with this ministry.
|During the Sunday evening sermon, activities are run for children and young people to help them learn about God and grow in faith. Children’s songs often feature in the main service to encourage children to participate in worshipping God and the family service (held on the 1st Sunday evening of the month) features activities and games suitable for all-age worship.There are 3 main groups aimed at different age-groups:
(for pre-school children as they begin their spiritual exploration of the journey of faith)
(for 5-11 year olds as they continue to investigate the claims of Christianity and journey in faith)
(for older youth as they grapple with life’s issues and develop a personal faith in God)
|→ A Brief History Of The Church|
|Formerly Goldthorpe Elim Pentecostal Church (which became independent of Elim in 2008), we are now called Goldthorpe Pentecostal Community Church and have been in our current location on Market Street since 2010. You can read about our journey from Beever Street to Market Street in our Blog – it’s a story of vision and God’s miraculous provision! We were greatly blessed through the generosity of members and local churches and received a grant of £161,175 from Coalfields’ Regeneration Trust. CRT trustee Peter McNestry said at the time: “It’s important that communities have an accessible building where they can take part in a wide range of activities. St Mark’s is an ideal venue and we are delighted to support the group’s ambitions to revitalise the community centre and introduce new sessions for residents here.”
IN THE BEGINNING!
PERIOD OF GROWTH
PRAYER WALKS AND OTHER MOVES
We continue to hold on to the many prophecies received over the years about God’s Spirit being poured out in the Dearne Valley, in particular verses from Isaiah 43:5-7 which talk about people coming from north and south and east and west to join us. Our vision is to be God’s people in our local community and to reflect His love and light to all we meet.
We are located just off the A635 on Market Street, Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, S63 9HA, UK.
Easily accessible from the M1 junction 37 and A1 junction 37
The best way to get in touch is via email.
You can also contact Garry & Julie Turner on (01709) 881643.
10:30 a.m. Communion Service
A service of worship, thanksgiving and teaching where Communion is celebrated each week.
On the 2nd Sunday in the month, the morning service is held at Cherry Tree Court in Highgate (not at Market Street). This is a shorter service (without Communion) held at a sheltered accommodation as a form of outreach to those who are not able to attend church.
6:00 p.m. Celebration Service
A service of worship and teaching for all ages, with Sunday School provided for children and refreshments served after the service.
On the 1st Sunday of each month we hold an informal family service with games, quizzes and other features for all ages.
On the 2nd Sunday evening of each month, Communion is celebrated.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Children’s/ Youth Meeting
An evening of fun, games and craft activities for children aged 5+.
7:30 p.m. Bible Study/ Prayer Meeting
Time to dig deeper into God’s Word and to pray together.
9:30 a.m.-11.00 a.m. Parent ‘n’ Toddler Group
An opportunity to bring your toddlers along and get to know other parents in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
7:00 p.m. Badminton
A social time to play badminton in the community hall and a great opportunity to bring friends along to a fun time of getting fit in a very relaxed manner!
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon Coffee Morning
A chance for all the community to get together over tea and coffee in the community hall. Have a break while shopping or just come along for a chat!
Youth meetings and Parent ‘n’ Toddler meetings run during term-time only.
For additional meetings or any changes to the above, see the church blog.
- Another birthday!
- “Big Boys Don’t Cry”
“Big boys don’t cry” is an apparently innocuous instruction to young boys which could be said to characterise the “stiff upper lip” approach of traditional British culture. It owes more to Victorian beliefs than to the Bible.
The Bible is full of tears. Even Jesus wept at the death of his friend, Lazarus (Jn 11:35) – and he knew he was going to raise him from the dead! The Psalms of Lament give us permission to cry: ‘my tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”‘ (Ps 42:3) Ps 13:2 talks of having sorrow ‘day after day.’
Suppressing and repressig emotion is a sure-fire way of inviting mental health issues into our lives; as the proverb goes, ‘he who swallows much eventually drowns’.
There has been much in the news recently about mental health issues, with Princes William and Harry talking openly about the grief and difficulties they faced over the death of their mother, Diana, when they were still children. Royalty, money, privilege – none of these things guarantee good mental health, but bringing those feelings to God and waiting before Him can be a significant contribution to recovery.
The toddler is remarkably honest in expressing his or her feelings; you always know what a toddler is feeling, whether that is joy, sorrow, pain or enthusiasm!
Whilst we may need to teach different ways of expressing those emotions to toddlers, they are perhaps closer to God than we think. Matt 18:3 reminds us of the need to become like little children; perhaps we, too, need to be unafraid of bringing our emotions to God and letting Him wrap us in His arms of everlasting love. (Ps 57:1) Perhaps we need to return, like the prodigal son, to the Father’s arms, for ‘our Father still waits and He watches down the road/ to see the crying boys come running back into His arms.’ (‘Growing Young’, Rich Mullins)
As we study the Psalms of Lament, we need to be unafraid of our negative emotions and bring these to God honestly and without fear of rejection.
- "If, why, where, but…?"
Ralph preached on ‘The Courage of Faith’ last night, looking at the story of Gideon from Judges 6 and 7. I have to say that Gideon is one of the unlikely heroes of the Bible with whom I readily identify. He’s insecure, full of doubt and finds it hard to accept God’s assessment of him, all qualities I readily identify with!
When the angel of the Lord first appears to Gideon, he is threshing wheat in a winepress to stop the Midianites from getting it. His response to being called a ‘mighty warrior’ with whom the Lord is present is:
“But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” (Judges 6:3)
‘If, why, where, but?’ – these were the questions Gideon had and so often are the questions we have. We feel that God can’t be with us because of the things that are happening in our lives. We feel that we can’t see God working in our lives. We feel abandoned at times, as though we are left to struggle on on our own. It’s a lonely place to be.
But in God’s graciousness, three things happened to Gideon as a result of this encounter with God:
1) he became converted (he heard the call of God and responded to it; he built an altar of worship and sacrifice and drank from the well of salvation)
2) he became consecrated (he yielded his own will to the will of God, obeying God’s command to wreck Baal’s altar and rebuild an altar to God, acts of faith which clearly had repercussions for other people)
3) he became controlled by God (and as a result was able to become a leader and deliverer, drawing 32,000 men to follow him initially – though God reduced this number to 300 to prove that the victory belonged to Him and not to Gideon’s strategies or strengths)
God is working behind the scenes all the time (he was able to instil fear into the Midianites and bring about victory through the most unlikely of weapons, as Judges 7 clearly demonstrates.) Gideon started from a place of doubt, but ended in the place of victory through faith. We can be encouraged by God’s faithfulness (1 Thess 5:24) and by the fact that He is the Saviour of the world (John 4:42, Luke 2:11) Even more amazing is the fact that He can by MY Saviour (Luke 1:47)
- "Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!"
When I was a child, I used to play with a toy called a Weeble.
Weebles were roly-poly toys, shaped rather like eggs, which would wobble vigorously but not fall down (hence the catchphrase ‘Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!‘) Apparently the toy was based on sound principles of physics:
(A=position of mechanical equilibrium; B=position of mechanical instability; F=gravitational force; y=vertical axis; m1=low-density mass; m2=high-density mass; C=centroid. Note that between positions A and B, C raises slightly and becomes off-centre.)
They’ve been relaunched in the 21st century and you can now even buy ‘themed’ Weebles:
I haven’t thought about this childhood plaything for years, but just recently I’ve been observing how Christians often go through all kinds of difficult circumstances in life and can feel buffeted by trials and troubles. Paul talks about this in 2 Corinthians 4: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Life can be tough at times and we often feel that we are reeling. How much more can we stand before we crack under the strain?
Paul, in this passage, reminds us that “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor 4:7) We may be surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralised; we may not be sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we may feel spiritually terrorised, but God hasn’t left our side; we may be thrown down, but we haven’t broken. In short, the Christian is indeed rather like a Weeble. We may wobble, but we won’t fall down, because God is able to keep us from falling (Jude 1:24)
- ‘A portable sanctuary’
The Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting was, in many respects, an eminently practical idea. It was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence used from the time of the exodus from Egypt until the temple was built. It was built to specifications revealed by God to Moses at Mount Sinai (Exodus 25) and solved the problem of how God’s presence could be manifested while the Israelites were on the move constantly and how a holy God could dwell among a sinful people (the tent curtains, and especially the thick veil, served as a separator, a dividing barrier, between God and the people, with only the High Priest allowed into the Holy of Holies once a year.) The excellence of the tabernacle, both in its materials and its workmanship, was a reflection of the excellencies of God and the tabernacle was also a holy place, because abiding in it was a holy God (Ex 30:37, 38)
In the New Testament, the death and resurrection of Jesus shows us that the barrier between us and God has been removed (symbolised by the thick curtain being torn in two from top to bottom (Matt 27:51) and the book of Hebrews explains the symbolic nature of the priesthood and tabernacle in pointing us to the work Christ has done as High Priest, offering Himself as a sacrifice once for all for our sins. Hebrews 3:6 tells us ‘Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house‘ and Paul reminds us ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?’ (1 Cor 6:19) God is now pleased to dwell in us by His Spirit and our whole lives are as much ‘a portable sanctuary’ (a phrase used by Richard Foster in his book ‘Sanctuary of the Soul’) as the original tabernacle.
Richard Foster reminds us that ‘throughout all life’s motions… there can be an inward attentiveness to the divine Whisper.’ (P 86) Brother Lawrence, whose work ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ is eminently practical, reminds us ‘the time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquillity as if I were upon my needs at the blessed sacrament.’ Richard Foster’s commentary on that is ‘we bring the portable sanctuary into daily life.’
As we pray this month for each of us as Christ’s ambassadors, let’s meditate on this thought that our very lives are the temple or house of God. We are His portable sanctuary. We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Cor 2:16) God’s Spirit dwells within us. We don’t have to strive; we just have to be what we really are.
Garry will be starting a new series looking at topical issues (‘Talking Point’) next Sunday evening. There are all kinds of issues facing us today which may seem bewildering and confusing. Where do Christians stand on abortion and euthanasia – and why? What does the Bible have to say about gay marriage? What can God know about modern science?
The Bible is relevant to us today and can help us to think through difficult issues. Come along to find out more!
You can listen to sermons below, given in date order with titles. You can also click on the right hand side under ‘Speakers’ to hear all the sermons by a particular person.