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:
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.