June Newsletter

Several events are planned for June as more of our Cornerstones activities recommence:

Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea

On Saturday, 4th June at 3.00pm we’re celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. The musical
duo Fool’s Gold will be entertaining us and tea will be served. We’re asked to get into the mood by wearing something in red, white and blue. Ladies are invited to wear a posh hat and don’t forget the handbag! Gents are asked to wear a snazzy waistcoat or fancy tie. Tickets, price £7, are available from the office.

Saturday Coffee Mornings
The hosts for the June Coffee Mornings will be
4th June Boys’ Brigade
11th June Rainbows – for Church Funds
18th June Gillian Nairn – for Church Flower Fund
25th June Church Stewards – for Church Anniversary

Free Food Safety Course
On Wednesday 8th June from 10.0am – 4.0pm we’re holding another Food Safety Course. To be eligible for this FREE training you must be 19+, unemployed, retired/volunteering.
You must live or volunteer in County Durham to qualify. Please book your place with the office.

Seated Yoga
On Fridays commencing 17th June, from 12.30pm – 2.00pm we’re holding a group for Seated Yoga. This is an ideal way to get fit if you have reduced mobility. It’s also a great way to meet people and make friends. If you or someone you know is interested please call at the office for more details.

Free First Aid Course
On Monday, 27th June from 10.0 – 4.00pm we have a Free First Aid Course. To be eligible for this FREE training you must be 19+, unemployed, retired/volunteering. You must live or volunteer in County Durham to qualify. Please book your place with the office.

Wellbeing Course
We are pleased to announce that the next 6-week Wellbeing Course, with sessions on crafting, meditation and Anxiety Alleviation will begin soon. The course contents and dates will be announced shortly. Please register your interest with the Church Office.

U3A (University of the Third Age)
Are you retired? Do you enjoy learning? Would you like to form new friendships with like-minded people? If you answer ‘yes’ to any or all of these then the U3A may be just what you want. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month with refreshments served from 9.30am and a guest speaker at 10.00am. There are regular activities and visits throughout the month. New members are allowed to attend twice before joining. There’s an annual fee of £15 plus £2 for each meeting.

During the month of June we’ll celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th Jubilee. On her 21st birthday the then Princess Elizabeth dedicated her life to the service of the UK and the Commonwealth. Her unwavering Christian faith has helped her to fulfill that promise. She has shown strong moral leadership in her own quiet way. At the present time when Ukraine is suffering unimaginable hardship and the ripples of this war are being felt throughout the world, it may help to remember the words of wisdom in her Christmas message of 2016 when she said,
“It’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to
help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of
small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.”

We are fortunate indeed to have had such a monarch to lead us for the last 70 years.
Jean Dobson

May Newsletter

As we emerge from the restrictions imposed on us over the last 2 years, why not try something new? Perhaps you’d like to take up yoga, maybe join the Craft Group or sample some of the Wellbeing Sessions. Perhaps you’d rather take up some voluntary work. Whatever your interests are there’s probably a Cornerstones activity that would suit you.

Activities for May include:
Friday Night is Music Night – The last zoom concert in the present series will be on Friday, 6th May at 7.0pm. Zoom codes will be circulated shortly. 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.
Memory Lane Craft Group – From Friday, 20th May, the Craft Group will be extending their mornings on the third Friday of every month. For a session from 10.00am – 1.00pm the charge will be £3, while the charge for 10.00am – 3.00pm will be £5.
Free Food Safety Course – This course will be held on Monday, 23rd May from 10.00am – 4.00pm. To be eligible for this FREE training you must be 19+, live in County Durham and be retired/volunteering or unemployed. To book your place please register with the Church Office.
Wellbeing Courses – Due to the popularity of the Wellbeing Taster Sessions we have arranged for a wider variety of courses to be held over the next year and these courses began on Saturday, 23rd April. They will include sessions on crafting, meditation and self-development. The courses are being funded by a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery and a grant of £3,000 from the Sir James Knott Trust. For more information please call at the Church Office.

We have many vacancies for Volunteers at Cornerstones. Among other things we’d like to relaunch the popular Thursday Lunches and need teams of volunteers to help cook the food and serve the meals. It would also be good if we could reinstate the Friday and Saturday Bric a Brac Stall. This used to be tremendously popular and was a very useful contact with the community as well as a fundraiser for our Church. We need volunteers to join a rota to help set out the stall, sell the donated items, and then clear away afterwards. If you think that you could help please contact the Church Office.

The Methodist Church has issued a prayer to help us pray for the situation in Ukraine. Perhaps this would help you in your private prayers:
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders. We pray for
all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in
all its fullness. We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our
swords into ploughshares and seek for peace. We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine. And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son. Lord have mercy. Amen

Jean Dobson

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

March Newsletter

CORNERSTONES NEWSLETTER

Our new Wellbeing Taster Sessions began on 8th February and are being led by RT Projects, professionals who have been specialising in Wellbeing for over 10 years. 10 – 12 people attended the first 2 sessions, which covered silk painting and decoupage, and the feedback has been excellent. Each session will cover a different theme and future sessions include percussion, creative writing and ceramics. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the office.

The new Knit n’ Natter, Crochet n’ Chatter group will be meeting from 10am – noon every Tuesday from 3rd March. You simply need to bring along your own project and materials and we will provide the tea, coffee and good company. The first session is free then it’s £3 per session which includes refreshments.

Due to the success of our Beginners’ IT class we invite you to come along to our Improvers’ IT Sessions to develop your knowledge and boost your confidence when using computers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10.0am – noon starting on 3rd March. Please register with the office if you are interested.

The Friday Night is Music Night concerts on Zoom are still proving very popular. Last month an appeal was made for more volunteers to come forward to choose a piece of music and we’re delighted that, for the next concert at 7.0pm on Friday, 4th March, 6 of the 12 pieces have been chosen by people who are taking part for the first time. If you would like to choose a piece of music but are holding back because you are a little nervous of speaking before
others, please have a word with us. We’ll include you in a future concert and, once you’ve chosen a piece of music and written out what you’d like to say about it, then we can arrange for someone to read it out for you.

The annual Book Sale will be held on Saturday, 5th March from 9.00am – 12 noon. CDs, DVDs and jigsaws will also be on sale. Refreshments will be available all morning. Come along and bag a bargain. If you have any paperback books to donate please bring them to church in the previous week in bags which are clearly marked ‘Book Sale’.

The Covid lockdowns and restrictions have left many people feeling isolated in their own homes. The Cornerstones Management Committee have been trying to help by arranging the Wellbeing sessions, the Zoom concerts, the Knit n’ Natter, Crochet n’ Chatter group and several other activities. If you are feeling isolated why not pluck up your courage and join one of these activities. Some of your friends and neighbours could be feeling much the same and
might be very glad of a phone call or visit from you.

 

Mother Theresa of Calcutta said:
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”
Doing whatever we can to help others to feel wanted is vital during
these difficult times and can have the extra bonus of making us feel better ourselves”.

Jean Dobson

November Newsletter

Many of the Cornerstones activities are meeting as normal now although we are still not quite back to pre-pandemic levels.  Coffee Mornings  are being held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and we do encourage you to come along to have a coffee and a chat with friends.  Special events for November are:

 

Sat 6th November                            The Boys Brigade  are hosting the  Coffee Morning for the Christmas Fayre and their own funds

Sat 13th November                          Joan Moore is hosting the Coffee Morning for Church Funds

Fri 19th  November                           ‘Friday Night is Music Night’  –  the second of the present series.  These virtual concerts are proving to be very popular.  If you haven’t yet logged onto one  why not give it a try this time.  You might be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy it.

Sat 20th November                          The Brownies are hosting the Coffee Morning for the Christmas Fayre and their own funds

Sat 20th November at 7.0pm        Tear Fund Big Quiz. £5 adults, £3 children.  This is being organized by Neil Garlick, our Children and Families Worker.  More details elsewhere in this magazine.

Sat 27th November                          Christmas Fayre from 9.0am – 12.30pm.  There’ll be lots of stalls so please tell your friends and bring them along to start your Christmas shopping.

 

A series of 4 Christmas Craft mornings have been arranged, showing how to make Christmas cards,  ribbon wreaths, needle felting and bauble decoration.  The first 3 mornings will be open to all abilities with the 4th morning planned for the more experienced crafter.  The dates are:

Sat 13th November                          1.0 – 4.0pm

Thu 18th November                         9.30am – 12.30pm

Mon 22nd November                      9.30am – 12.30pm

Sat 4th December                             1.0 – 4.0pm

                                                                Please register with the office.

 

Jesus commissioned His disciples to go out into the world to spread the Good News.  Through Cornerstones we have the opportunity to carry out this task.   We have hundreds of people using our premises every week.    What else are we about as Christians if not to spread the Good News.  Let’s all try to carry out Our Lord’s commands among them.

Jean  Dobson

 

CORNERSTONES  NEWSLETTER

Isn’t it good to have our building buzzing with activity again as more and more of the Cornerstones groups begin meeting after lockdown?  Most of the groups have now restarted with just a few still reluctant to meet because of fears of transmitting Covid.   Every possible measure has been taken to ensure that our building is safe but it may take a while before everyone feels quite confident about mixing with others.

The Cestria branch of the University of the 3rd Age  (U3A)   is recommencing on Wednesday, 6th October at 10.0am.  A new  Beginners’ Computer Class for Mature Students  will be held on Thursdays from 9.30am – 11.30am starting on 14th October until 16th December.  The cost will be £4 per session.  The  Women’s  Fellowship has resumed on Mondays at 2.0pm.  Coffee Mornings  are now being held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Ballroom Dancing  is back on Wednesdays from 7.45 – 8.45pm.    The  Prayer Shawl Group has recommenced and is meeting on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  On Tuesday, 26th October there’s to be a   Fashion Show.  Full details will be given later.   Pilates  classes are not being held at present as Jana, the teacher has just had a baby girl.  The Friday group of Narcotics Anonymous has been cancelled due to low numbers but the Saturday group will continue to meet.

We’re delighted to announce that our very popular   ‘FRIDAY  NIGHT  IS  MUSIC  NIGHT’  concerts are returning for another series.  The dates for your diaries are:

15th October

19th November

17th December

The December concert will be a special Christmas edition with a lovely surprise so make sure you don’t miss it!   Zoom codes will be circulated nearer the time.

2 more dates for your diaries:

In the week beginning Monday, 8th November there will be   4   Christmas Craft mornings teaching how to make Christmas cards,  ribbon wreaths, needle felting and bauble decoration.  The first 3 mornings will be open to all abilities with the 4th morning planned for the more experienced crafter.

This year’s   Christmas Fayre   will be held on Saturday, 25th November.

Cornerstones was launched as the outreach arm of our church.  Outreach is a word which seems to intimidate some people. They think of it only in terms of  a big Christian mission and that it has little or nothing to do with them.  However outreach (or reaching out)  is much more often done without thinking, quietly and without fuss, by people like ourselves simply going about our normal day to day lives.  If we show God’s love  in our lives by doing small acts of kindness for people, or going the extra mile to help them, then we are ‘reaching out’  and following Jesus’ command to  love our neighbour.   The great theologian   C.S. Lewis said.

‘The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.  If it is not doing that, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, and even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.  God became man for no other  purpose’.

Whether our outreach is in the form of  volunteering for one of  Cornerstones’ activities,  making a casserole for someone who is ill, or perhaps spending time with someone who is lonely, then we are in fact ‘reaching out’ to draw others to God.  If we use our imaginations and try to think ‘outside the box’ we may be surprised where it will lead.

Jean  Dobson

Vacancies for Volunteers at Cornerstones Centre for the Community/CLS Methodist Church

Do  you  have  a  few   hours  to  spare  on  a  regular  basis?

Would  you  like  to  join  our  little  army  of  Cornerstones volunteers?

If  so  we  have  vacancies  for  the following  posts: 

HELPERS ON THE FRIDAY / SATURDAY STALL

Helping to sell the enormous variety of bric-a-brac which is donated.  Duties include setting out the stall the previous day.  Please contact Joan Evans (tel:  0191 3881313) or email info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk 

HELPERS WITH THE THURSDAY LUNCHES

Helping to cook and serve subsidised lunches.  These lunches are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk 

HELPERS WITH THE FRIDAY COFFEE MORNINGS

Helping to make and serve teas and coffees.  The coffee mornings are open to all the community.  Please contact Denise Holmes or Lesley Walton (tel:  0191 3881313) or email info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk 

HELPERS FOR ‘MAKE LUNCH’

             Make Lunch is an hour of activities for families during school holidays, followed by a hot meal for families and volunteers to share together.  Volunteers could help prepare the meal, run activities for the children or chat to the adults.  Contact Neil Garlick (tel: 07855 386292) 

All these posts are as part of a friendly team working on a rota basis, usually once a month (except for the ‘Make Lunch’ team).  It’s an opportunity to meet people, make new friends and to be of service to the community we live among.

Thank you to Allchurches

We are pleased to announce that the cost of improving disabled access to the Church has been supported by a grant of £1,150 from Allchurches Trust. Thanks to the Allchurches Trust grant, together with other support, we are now able to replace the hand rails on the outside ramp and install electronic doors to the building. It is hoped the work can be completed within the next few weeks.

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