March Newsletter

On Monday, 2nd March from 9.30am – 4.0pm there’ll be a Food Safety Course. The course is free for anyone who’s 19+ and not working. Details are available from the office. The Book Sale will be held on Saturday, 14th March from 9.0am – 12 noon. Also on sale will be CDs, DVDs, jigsaws and nearly new toys. Refreshments will be available.

It seems, from talking to people recently about Cornerstones, that many of our members have very little idea of what the Management Committee actually does. This Committee is very different to any other Church committee as it is, in effect, running a small business. The Committee works very hard on behalf of us all to ensure that Cornerstones does all it can to serve the community we live in. Their duties involve:
• monthly meetings, when planning and everything to do with Cornerstones is discussed and problems that have arisen are tackled.
• They must ensure that sufficient income is generated from room hire and grants to meet all financial commitments, including running costs and the salaries of 5 part-time staff. The annual turnover is currently over £100,000. Meticulous accounts have to be kept and detailed budgets and financial forecasts prepared – all very time-consuming work.
• They undertake the supervision of the staff, with all the red-tape that is involved, including staff contracts, regular staff reviews, and safeguarding policies etc.
• They also liaise with, and give as much support as possible to, the Cornerstones groups, giving advice and assistance where necessary and dealing with any crisis which may arise.
In addition, there’s an Outreach Group of the Management Committee, responsible for all outreach activities in the Church. They oversee the Children and Families Worker’s activities and they plan and organise events such as the Advent Calendars, the Christmas Tree Festival, the Community Services and the Cornerstones Calendar etc. At present they’re planning for the 10th Anniversary celebrations in October when the President of the Methodist Conference will be with us.
There’s also a Funding and Monitoring Group which makes applications for grants to grant-funding bodies to finance particular activities or expenses. These range from large grants, such as those from the National Lottery, to grants of only a few hundred pounds. Grants received must then be carefully monitored and regular reports sent to the donors.
The staff play an important part in Cornerstones. They carry out day to day admin. duties and development, deal with the public, and ensure that rooms are prepared for the groups using our premises. Senior staff report to, and attend, the Management Committee to keep members informed of the current situation and planned developments.
Being a member of the Management Committee is an onerous but very rewarding task. Some members have served for many years. From time to time a member has had to step down and others have stepped up to replace them. The work of the Committee goes mainly unsung and unnoticed but has resulted in the ongoing success of Cornerstones. One of the members, Denise Holmes, has recently left the Committee. Denise deserves a special mention as she served for 4 years as the very first Chairman of Cornerstones and has worked extremely hard ever since. Denise will continue to work with Lesley Walton on the catering side of Cornerstones events. We give her our very grateful thanks for all she has done.

We’re all getting used to writing 2020 as the date now. We’ve been used to ‘20/20’ meaning ‘perfect eyesight’ but it’s actual definition is ‘clarity of vision at a distance’. 2020 is the year when Cornerstones will celebrate 10 years of serving the community around us. If 20/20 means ‘clarity of vision at a distance’ then our 10th anniversary could be a good time to look back on the distance that we’ve come since the Church’s original vision of Cornerstones and to look with new clarity on that vision to see whether it could be improved and whether any new initiatives might be taken. If you have any ideas or thoughts on how Cornerstones might be even more relevant to the community, please share them with a member of the Management Committee.
There’s a quote attributed to Homer,
‘ I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future’.
From its launch, and in the years leading up to it, our Church has always sought God’s guidance for Cornerstones and we continue to place it in His hands as we journey into the future.

The members of the Cornerstones Management Committee are: Rev Liz Kent, Alan Smith, Robert Berry, Bob Dobson, Brian Fairless, Neil Garlick, Anthea Heel, Dorothy Hedley, Lesley Walton, Brenda Wood, Deb Divanis, Donna Garland
Members of the Outreach Group are: Rev. Liz Kent, Christine Smith, Robert Berry, Bob Dobson, Dorothy Carr, Anthea Heel, Dorothy Hedley, Gwyneth Indian, Brenda Wood, Deacon Linda Watkin, Deb Divanis
Members of the Funding and Monitoring Group are: Rev. Liz Kent, Bob Dobson, Lesley Walton, Deb Divanis


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