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52 red balloons go by!
Friday 17th January 2014 @ 18:23 by Lisa B

Two Glossop churches have sent 52 balloons soaring to celebrate the start of another year working in the community.

UP AND AWAY: The lift-off from the churchyard at St James

UP AND AWAY: The lift-off from the churchyard at St James

St James and St Luke’s associate  minister Rev Brian Magorrian said: “It was one balloon for every week of the year.

“We thought it would be great to have a competition to see how far the message of Hope in God can spread from our church using these helium filled balloons.

“There’s a message attached to each one encouraging folk to get in touch with us saying where and when they found the balloon, and there will be a great prize for the furthest Hope-full journey.

“People don’t have long because, just like in ‘Mission Impossible’ the message will self-destruct as all parts are

“To date, the furthest a balloon has travelled is York, but we’re hopeful that the message of Hope in God will go much further than that!”

Glossop Hope14 is part of a national initiative to get churches more involved in serving and sharing in their local communities in 2014.

Parish vicar Rev Andrew Hargreaves said it was all about demonstrating the practical nature of God’s love by meeting needs in local communities through building authentic local relationships and friendships.

As part of Hope14, churches commit to loving and serving people regardless of what they choose to believe, while inviting people to think more about their spiritual journey as the Gospel is shared with words and – just as importantly – in action.

If folk do choose to become part of a church community then that’s just an added bonus!

Rev Hargreaves added: “As a church we’ve got a real passion to get even more involved in our local community in 2014 through acts of service and with fun events, so keep an eye out for us over the next year!”

by David Jones