February Newsletter


Somewhat belatedly, the Management team wish a Happy New Year to all our readers.  Many of us have long since given up  making New Year resolutions as we all find them so difficult to keep.   However there’s a traditional Irish blessing which we might like to keep in mind as we face whatever may come along in 2020:-


Count your blessings instead of your crosses,    Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes,    Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears,   Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full times instead of your lean,   Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth,   Love your neighbour as much as yourself.

Count on your God instead of yourself.


There’ll be a  Coffee Morning in aid of St Cuthbert’s Hospice on Tuesday, 4th February from 9.0 – 11.30am.  Please come along and support this worthy cause.   On Saturday, 8th February at 7.0pm, we have the popular annual James Etherington Musical Award 2020 Competition Final.  This is an opportunity to hear a number of young musicians compete for the prize of £400.  The concert usually lasts for 1 – 2 hours.  Entrance is free.  On Saturday, 15th February at 4.0pm there’ll be an  Afternoon Tea and Quiz.   More details can be found elsewhere in Contact.  On Monday, 17th February and Wednesday, 19th February from 11.0am – 12.30pm there’ll be two more sessions of Make Lunch, the school holiday activity club which provides fun and hot meals for needy families.  For more information contact Neil Garlick, the Children and Families Worker.  On Tuesday, 25th February, from 12.30-2.30pm, a new Beginners’ Computing Course will begin.  Contact the Office for more information.  On  Friday, 28th February, from 9.30am – 3.30pm, a Health and Safety Course will be held.  To be eligible for this free training you must be 19+ and not employed.  More information from the Office.


The year 2020 promises to be an exciting one for Cornerstones as, in October, we will be celebrating 10 years since its launch.  Plans are still at an early stage but it is hoped to have a weekend of celebration for this milestone.   Watch this space!!!   In 2010 our Church was full of enthusiasm for the new venture and hopeful for its future.  As we celebrate Cornerstones’ special anniversary year, let us all try to recapture some of that enthusiasm to ensure that Cornerstones will carry on into the future with its mission of service to the Community around us.

Jean  Dobson

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