March Newsletter

On Tuesday, 20th March from 10.0am – 1.0pm we’re hosting a very special event at Chester-le-Street.  As part of the National Weekend of Invitation, Michael Harvey is coming to speak about  Creating a Culture of Invitation.  Michael is an amazing encourager and enabler and for many years has been helping churches to be more effective.  It will be a privilege to have Michael with us so please make the most of it.

On Tuesday, 6th March from 9.30am – 4.30pm the  Medal Centre will be with us once again to buy or offer free valuations on military badges, uniforms, coins and scrap gold.  On Saturday, 10th March from 9.0am – 12.0 noon we’ll hold the Annual  Book Sale.  Bring along your unwanted books, DVDs, CDs and jigsaws during the few days before.   At the same time there’ll be a Coffee Morning and Cake Stall.  There’ll be lots to do during the morning so please see Lesley or Louise Walton if you can help.  On Saturday, 17th March from 9.0am – 11.30am, Jennifer Patterson will be hosting the Coffee Morning in aid of  Action for Children and on 31st March from 9.30am – 11.30am, Marjorie Vasey will be hosting a Coffee Morning for the County Durham Activity Day Centre.   Both Jennifer and Marjorie will be grateful for any offers of help or items for the cake stall.

The Minister’s Vestry is at present undergoing a much-needed refurbishment.  For some time the Cornerstones Management Committee has been aware of a need for a small, quiet room which could be used for counselling, interviews or private chats.  Once the Ministers’ Vestry’s alterations are complete, it is intended that, as well as serving all the purposes it has previously been used for, it can be available during the week to meet such needs.   Cornerstones is financing the project from its own funds and from grants which have been obtained for that specific purpose.

In a very small way, Cornerstones is following the traditions of the early Methodists who deliberately sought out the poor and needy, the sick, prisoners and all those who were ignored by the established religions at that time.  They tried to live out Christ’s teaching by seeking to improve the wretched lives of many of the working class of the day.  They preached in fields, collieries, churchyards and prisons.  They set up schools for the poor,  and many became trade union leaders to champion those with little opportunity to better themselves.  Cornerstones, through its many volunteers, is attempting to find ways to meet the needs of the community around us to show them that Christ cares about them.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached:-

‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can’.  

As Methodists,  we  need to  follow Wesley’s lead and  try to improve the lot of those we live among as we seek to further Christ’s kingdom.

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