Isn’t it good to have our building buzzing with activity again as more and more of the Cornerstones groups begin meeting after lockdown?  Most of the groups have now restarted with just a few still reluctant to meet because of fears of transmitting Covid.   Every possible measure has been taken to ensure that our building is safe but it may take a while before everyone feels quite confident about mixing with others.

The Cestria branch of the University of the 3rd Age  (U3A)   is recommencing on Wednesday, 6th October at 10.0am.  A new  Beginners’ Computer Class for Mature Students  will be held on Thursdays from 9.30am – 11.30am starting on 14th October until 16th December.  The cost will be £4 per session.  The  Women’s  Fellowship has resumed on Mondays at 2.0pm.  Coffee Mornings  are now being held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Ballroom Dancing  is back on Wednesdays from 7.45 – 8.45pm.    The  Prayer Shawl Group has recommenced and is meeting on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  On Tuesday, 26th October there’s to be a   Fashion Show.  Full details will be given later.   Pilates  classes are not being held at present as Jana, the teacher has just had a baby girl.  The Friday group of Narcotics Anonymous has been cancelled due to low numbers but the Saturday group will continue to meet.

We’re delighted to announce that our very popular   ‘FRIDAY  NIGHT  IS  MUSIC  NIGHT’  concerts are returning for another series.  The dates for your diaries are:

15th October

19th November

17th December

The December concert will be a special Christmas edition with a lovely surprise so make sure you don’t miss it!   Zoom codes will be circulated nearer the time.

2 more dates for your diaries:

In the week beginning Monday, 8th November there will be   4   Christmas Craft mornings teaching how to make Christmas cards,  ribbon wreaths, needle felting and bauble decoration.  The first 3 mornings will be open to all abilities with the 4th morning planned for the more experienced crafter.

This year’s   Christmas Fayre   will be held on Saturday, 25th November.

Cornerstones was launched as the outreach arm of our church.  Outreach is a word which seems to intimidate some people. They think of it only in terms of  a big Christian mission and that it has little or nothing to do with them.  However outreach (or reaching out)  is much more often done without thinking, quietly and without fuss, by people like ourselves simply going about our normal day to day lives.  If we show God’s love  in our lives by doing small acts of kindness for people, or going the extra mile to help them, then we are ‘reaching out’  and following Jesus’ command to  love our neighbour.   The great theologian   C.S. Lewis said.

‘The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.  If it is not doing that, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, and even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.  God became man for no other  purpose’.

Whether our outreach is in the form of  volunteering for one of  Cornerstones’ activities,  making a casserole for someone who is ill, or perhaps spending time with someone who is lonely, then we are in fact ‘reaching out’ to draw others to God.  If we use our imaginations and try to think ‘outside the box’ we may be surprised where it will lead.

Jean  Dobson

April Newsletter

Unfortunately because of the coronavirus crisis all planned events have been cancelled.

Sadly we’ll be losing Singing for the Brain after 30th March due to a decline in numbers. It’s been a very successful group which was greatly enjoyed by its participants. We’re very sorry to see its demise.

We’ve been advertising over the last few weeks for people to join our little army of volunteers. Help is particularly needed with the Friday/Saturday Stall, the Friday Coffee Morning, the Thursday Lunch Club and the Make Lunch (for schoolchildren and their families) team. Personal appeals have been made to the members of the Craft Group and the W.I. If you or anyone you know can spare a few hours each month to help please contact the Office or a member of the Management Committee.

Recently there have been several tragic reports in the news about young people taking their own lives after being attacked, sometimes very cruelly, on social media. After one high profile case involving a young TV presenter, a media campaign to ‘BE KIND’ was launched. It’s a very sad reflection on our society that people need to be asked to be kind. Sometimes, in our dealings with people, although we wouldn’t dream of being unkind, we tend to be passive and not bother to ‘be kind’. Our Church and Cornerstones could not function without our little army of volunteers who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to the many tasks which enable our Church and Cornerstones to operate so well, such as those who prepare rotas, make coffee, serve on committees, act as vestry stewards and all the many other roles that are undertaken on our behalf. All our volunteers are freely doing their jobs to the best of their ability. As we journey through Lent and experience yet again the wonder of Christ’s resurrection and the reality of God’s love and forgiveness for all those who have faith in Him, perhaps we can all make a conscious effort to actually express our appreciation and support to our wonderful volunteers.

Jean Dobson

Vacancies for Volunteers at Cornerstones Centre for the Community/CLS Methodist Church

Do  you  have  a  few   hours  to  spare  on  a  regular  basis?

Would  you  like  to  join  our  little  army  of  Cornerstones volunteers?

If  so  we  have  vacancies  for  the following  posts: 


Helping to sell the enormous variety of bric-a-brac which is donated.  Duties include setting out the stall the previous day.  Please contact Joan Evans (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


Helping to cook and serve subsidised lunches.  These lunches are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


Helping to make and serve teas and coffees.  The coffee mornings are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email 


             Make Lunch is an hour of activities for families during school holidays, followed by a hot meal for families and volunteers to share together.  Volunteers could help prepare the meal, run activities for the children or chat to the adults.  Contact Neil Garlick (tel: 07855 386292) 

All these posts are as part of a friendly team working on a rota basis, usually once a month (except for the ‘Make Lunch’ team).  It’s an opportunity to meet people, make new friends and to be of service to the community we live among.

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Thank you to Allchurches

We are pleased to announce that the cost of improving disabled access to the Church has been supported by a grant of £1,150 from Allchurches Trust. Thanks to the Allchurches Trust grant, together with other support, we are now able to replace the hand rails on the outside ramp and install electronic doors to the building. It is hoped the work can be completed within the next few weeks.

Cornerstones – A Journey of Faith

A little booklet entitled  ‘CORNERSTONES  –  A  JOURNEY  OF  FAITH’  has been produced.  It tells the story of Cornerstones from its unlikely beginning because of a leaking roof to the thriving entity it is today.  It tells how the Church members worked very hard to raise the funds to build our beautiful suite of premises,  the official launch of Cornerstones in 2010, and how it has grown and developed over the years since.  If you’d like a free copy of this fascinating booklet, copies are available at the Church Office.

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