Our next Cornerstones Community Service is on Sunday, 30th June at 10.0am. Deacon Linda Watkin will take the service and some Cornerstones groups will be taking part. Neil Garlick, our Children and Families Worker, will talk about ‘Toilet Twinning’, a scheme sponsoring toilets in the development world. Everyone is urged to come along to support this event and to mix with members of the community who will be there.
On Saturday, 1st June at 3.0pm there’s to be an Afternoon Tea with musical entertainment by Fool’s Gold. Tickets, price £7, are available from the Church Office or any of the Fund-Raising Team. On Saturday, 8th June from 10.30am – 4.00pm we have a very special prayer event at our Church. ECG North East is joining with others to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. The day will include workshops and celebrations on the theme of prayer. Most of the sessions are suitable for all ages. All tickets are free but, please, still book your place on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecg-in-the-northeast or contact Elaine Lindridge at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Tuesday, 18th June, the Coffee Morning will be hosted by the Women’s Institute. On Saturday, 29th June at 7.0pm the Church Anniversary Concert will be given by The Master Singers (“One of the best singing groups you’re likely to hear”). Snap up your tickets quickly, price £8, from the Church Office.
Cornerstones aims to meet the needs of the community around us and we have several counselling groups helping to fulfil this aim. One of those groups is RELATE, the Counselling Service which covers not just marriage guidance but guidance on a whole range of relationships. RELATE is the U.K.’s largest provider of relationship support and, last year, helped over 2 million people with personal problems. They offer private one-to-one counselling to couples, estranged families, separated parents, people with gender problems and young people with relationship problems. Each counselling session costs £50 but some help with funding is available. If you feel you need support of this kind you should ring 0191 2329109 or 01325 461500 to register. You will be offered a first appointment with a counsellor which will give them the opportunity to understand your situation and help them to decide what is the best course of action for your circumstances. Appointments usually last for about an hour. Another of our counselling groups is CRUSE, Bereavement Care. CRUSE offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone they love dies. They offer face-to-face, telephone, e-mail or website support. They have a Freephone national helpline (0808 808 1677) and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free. The third of our counselling opportunities is with RE:MIND run by Kath Egdell. Kath has been based at Cornerstones for 8 years and is a Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She sees clients with personal and workplace issues and works at Cornerstones on occasional evenings and weekends. Most of her clients are referred to her by word of mouth from former clients. Finally, we have our own Cornerstones counselling group, HEAR 4 U, a team of trained volunteers who are willing to lend an ear to anyone who just needs someone to talk to. All sessions are strictly confidential. The counsellors are available every Friday morning during the coffee morning.
Have you been to see ‘Men Don’t Cry’, the latest work by Ray Lonsdale, the South Hetton sculptor who created ‘Tommy’, the much-loved sculpture on the sea-front at Seaham? The new sculpture was unveiled recently in the centre of Hetton-le-Hole and paid for by public subscription. It’s a moving image depicting a miner giving words of advice to his young son before the lad’s first day going down the mine. Some young boys were very scared at the prospect and many would have needed their father’s kindly words of advice. We all experience difficult times in our lives and are often glad of help and support from family or friends. However, there are some situations which are just too difficult for us to discuss with people we know and it is at such times that a Counselling Service such as RELATE, CRUSE, RE:MIND or HEAR 4 U is so valuable and can help. Willie Nelson, the American singer/songwriter wrote,
“Anybody can be unhappy. We can all be hurt. You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody. We’re all the same. We have to be concerned about other people regardless.”
As Christians we should all care for our neighbours and realise that things aren’t always what they seem. People can have smiles on their faces but aches in their hearts. We can show Christ’s love for them in their darkest hours simply by being there for them when they turn to us.