July Newsletter

On Wednesday, 12th July at 14.00 Cornerstones will hold its Annual General Meeting.  This meeting will provide some background information on Cornerstones activities and it gives everyone the opportunity to air their views on the management of the project.  This is an important meeting so please do come along.  On Sunday, 30th July at 18.00, instead of a designated preacher, our Church is planned to have a ‘Local Arrangements’ service.  Cornerstones has been asked to take the service that evening and it’s hoped that as many people as possible will come along to support the team.

A new monthly group will start in July.  It’s the  Bereaved by Suicide Group.  This is a support group for those who’ve experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, whether family or friend, through suicide. The aim is to help people in their grieving process and in coming to terms with the impact of suicide. For more information contact Ann on 07900176826.   The first meeting will be on Wednesday, 12thJuly from 17.30-19.00 and the second on Wednesday, 9th August again from 17.30-19.00pm.  Three free courses for the unemployed are planned. The first two are First Aid Courses which will be on Saturday, 1st July  and Wednesday, 2nd August, both from 9.30-16.00.  The third is a free Food Safety Training Course on Wednesday, 30th August from 9.30-16.00.

A new initiative, Table Talk was introduced recently at the Friday Coffee Morning.  It’s an informal discussion over coffee for anyone who’d like to join in and the subjects will be wide-ranging.  At the first one a very lively discussion was held and everyone taking part enjoyed it.  The local MP, Kevan Jones, just happened to call into the Coffee Morning that day and joined in the discussion.  Table Talk will be repeated monthly so do join the table if you like  ‘putting the world right’.

Cornerstones at the Methodist Church is definitely not just a community centre but is our Church’s project for reaching out and helping people in their everyday lives.  Cornerstones is now coming to the end of the seventh year since its launch.  It has grown rapidly and has made our Church a thriving hub for the community.   In the early years its focus had, of necessity, to be on attracting room bookings so that the whole project could be kept afloat financially.  For the same reason, much emphasis had to be placed on securing grants.  Gradually, however, the focus has changed.   Whereas at first any suitable booking would be welcomed, now that we have a steady level of income which is sufficient to cover running costs, staff salaries etc. the Management Committee tries to concentrate more on attracting activities which provide services that are needed by the community.  Groups such as the Food Cycle,  Narcotics Anonymous, Singing for the Brain, Hear4U, Quit and Get Fit, Food Bank collections,  and courses for the unemployed are all examples of the kind of group through which the Committee is trying to meet the needs of the community around us.    This is why Cornerstones was launched and  we know that God has been guiding us throughout our development.   Vince Lombardi, the famous American football player and coach said,

 ‘The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have’.

As Christians, it is up to us to make the most of what we do with what God has given us, and use our talents in the service of others.

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