The Cornerstones Calendar for 2018 will be on sale this month, price £2.95. It’s a fun Calendar, featuring photos of some of the Cornerstones groups and people connected with Cornerstones. Dorothy Wroe has done a great job of producing the Calendar and Michael Timmins, our Santa at both the Christmas Fayre and in real life, has very generously had the Calendar designed and printed free of charge by his firm, F1 Signs and Digital. This means that all the money raised from sales of the Calendar will be clear profit and will go to Church funds. Several local businesses have paid to have small advertisements in the Calendar so that will help too. Now we’re asking for your help to sell lots of copies of the Calendar to your family and friends. Let’s all do our best to make this a bumper fund-raising effort for our Church. Copies of the Calendar can be obtained from Dorothy Wroe (tel: 4104322), Jean Dobson (tel: 4178086) or from the Office.
Our Community Harvest Service will be held on Sunday, 24th September at 10.30am led by Rev. Liz Kent. Coffee will be served from 10.0am onwards. After the service we’ll have a bring and share lunch. These services are always very popular so invite your friends and neighbours to come along with you. Once again we’re asking you to donate items of tinned or packaged food to a collection for the Food Bank which helps people who are in desperate need. Tesco will be helping by collecting donations from the community. Last year we had a wonderful response to our appeal; let’s try to make it even better this year.
On Saturday, 9th September at 2.0pm, the Methodist Women in Britain will have a Fun & Fellowship Afternoon Tea. Tickets, price £5, are available from Catherine Ibbertson or Jenny Willis. On Monday, 11th September at 9.30am, there’ll be a free First Aid Course for people who are unemployed. On Tuesday, 12th September the Creative Craft Group are hosting the Coffee Morning. It’s good to see that one of our Cornerstones groups is becoming so much a part of our Church Family. Please come along and support them. On Monday, 25th September at 9.30am, we have a Health & Safety Course for people who are unemployed. On Friday, 29th September, the Coffee Morning will be part of the MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Please come along and support this very worthy cause.
Once again, at the beginning of a year, can we remind members to book any rooms that they require for their groups as far ahead as possible to avoid disappointment. Our accommodation is in such great demand that it is very difficult to fit in bookings at short notice.
In early July the Cornerstones Annual Meeting was held when the Cornerstones groups had the opportunity to attend and to air their views on the management of the project. The Committee were delighted when a representative of one of the groups said, “These are the best premises we’ve ever used and we get such a welcome and so much help here that it’s a real pleasure to come”.
On the last Sunday of July, the Cornerstones team took the evening service. During that service we heard the story of how Cornerstones began, how it has progressed and what the community’s reaction to Cornerstones has been. In all of this God’s guiding hand could be seen quite clearly leading us in the way that He wanted our Church to go. Finally the question was asked, ‘What of the future’. Although much has been achieved we cannot rest on our laurels and take it easy. Cornerstones has always been, and always will be, about meeting the needs of the local community. Those needs are constantly changing and we need to adapt to meet them. Cornerstones is about creating an environment where people can come and feel welcomed and valued, where they can find friendship and a listening ear and Christian love. We need to pray for guidance to know the right things to do and say when these people turn to us to help them ‘to find Jesus’. This is the gospel message in action. It is real outreach and is something in which we all have a part to play. Outreach is not simply an option but it is what Christ himself commanded us to do when he said,
‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel … and I am with you always, even to the end.’ Matthew 28, 19-20.
The members of the Cornerstones Management Committee are:
Bob Dobson, Robert Berry, Mary Haskett Anthea Heal, Dorothy Hedley, Denise Holmes, Rev Liz Kent, Alan Smith, Lesley Walton, Brenda Wood, Deb Divanis, Donna Garland
Other members serving only on the Outreach Group are Dorothy Carr, Gwyneth Indian, Christine Smith, Deacon Linda Watkin