September is the start of another new year for Cornerstones and we’ve already had some wonderful, very welcome news. The National Lottery has awarded us a grant of £120,000, over 3 years, to help towards the running costs of Cornerstones. A small group from the Management Committee worked very hard, over several months, to prepare the information required to apply for the grant and we were thrilled when it was announced that the application had been successful. It is most unusual for any project to be given a third major grant by the Lottery and speaks volumes for the high esteem in which Cornerstones is held by them.
On Tuesday, 10th September, from 9.0am – 11.30am the Creative Crafts Group will host the Coffee Morning. Please support them if you can. Also on Tuesday, 10th September from 12.30pm – 2.30pm a new Family History Course will begin. This is a 10-week course which will cost £40 (or £4 per week for anyone unable to pay in one amount). Please enrol with the Office. On Wednesday, 11th September from 9.30am – 12noon, Durham County Council is running a new 13-week ICT Course (Information, Communication and Technology). If you would like to learn a new ICT skill or update your current skill and gain a qualification book a place now. Ring 03000 266 115 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday, 14th September at 2.0pm we have a MWiB (Methodist Women in Britain) meeting here for Fun, Fellowship and Afternoon Tea. Tickets, price £5, are available from Joan Moore and Jenny Willis.
10 years ago our beautiful new building was still under construction and Cornerstones was still a vision which we hoped and prayed our Church could make a reality. As we begin our 10th year since the launch of Cornerstones we can look back and marvel at how that vision has developed and how, with God’s help and guidance, it’s become the thriving community outreach project that it is today. Many people have worked hard to help Cornerstones along the way and we continue to depend upon the little army of volunteers who give their time and abilities in many different ways to serve the community around us. Mahatma Gandhi said,
‘The future depends on what we do in the present’.
This is so very true. The future of Cornerstones is totally dependent upon the continuing support of our volunteers. The needs of our society are constantly changing and there will always be ways in which we can improve the help we give to the community. Please pray that, as we move towards the 10th anniversary of Cornerstones’ launch we can continue to find the volunteers needed to fulfil the task that God has given this Church.