April Newsletter

Following the success of the work done by Neil Garlick over the past 3 years, the post of Cornerstones Children and Families Worker has been renewed for a further 3 years with effect from January 2022. The post will be funded by a grant of £27,000, spread over 3 years, from Newcastle District, an allocation of £8,000 from the Georgina Blackburn Knox Legacy bequeathed to the Church, and £8,000 from Cornerstones reserve funds.

Due to the popularity of the Wellbeing Taster Sessions we have arranged for more courses to be held beginning on Saturday, 23rd April. These courses will include sessions on crafting, meditation and self-development. Full details can be found elsewhere in this edition of Contact.

Activities for April include:
Knit n Natter, Crochet n Chatter – Every Tuesday 10am – 12 noon – First session free then £3 per session
Improvers IT – Every Thursday 10am – 12 noon – Due to the success of our Beginners’ IT course we invite you to attend these sessions to develop your knowledge and boost your confidence when using computers. Please contact the Church Office to book your place. £4 per session
Pilates with Jana – Every Monday 12 noon – 1.00pm – Book direct on 07918239856 – £4 per session
Food Safety Course – Thursday 7th April 10.00am – 3.30pm – Free for volunteers, unemployed and retired. Must be 19+ and living within DH postcode
Friday Night is Music Night – Friday, 8th April at 7.0pm. Another of our popular Zoom concerts. We would be grateful if you could make the time and date of the concert as widely known as you can among your family and friends. Please note, however, that because of copyright issues we are not allowed to advertise on social media.
The best way to pass on the code is probably by e-mail.

During Rev. Dr. Liz Kent’s absence on sabbatical leave, Bob Dobson will stand in as Chairman of the Cornerstones Management Committee.

The terrible plight of the people of Ukraine has moved us all. Cities have been destroyed by relentless bombing. Millions have fled their homes with few possessions. Thousands have lost their lives. In freezing conditions many of those left have no fresh water, little food and no power for heating. Such unimaginable suffering makes our
own problems very small by comparison. Recently there was a post on Facebook which I thought put things into perspective:

Instead of complaining about the cost of things and knowing it’ll get worse, here’s a different mindset. I crawled into a warm bed last night and I know where I’m sleeping tonight.
There is a roof over my head and the house is warm. The fridge and cupboards have food. I turn on the tap and have
clean water. If I have to take less trips, walk a bit further, so be it. We are luckier than most people that we share this
world with right now. Count your blessings, not your entitlements.

Please keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers, praying that a peaceful solution to the situation might soon be found.

Jean Dobson

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