Our Minister, Rev Amanda Roper, has been in ministry for over 10 years now and is therefore overdue to take a sabbatical. In the Methodist Church sabbaticals are a gift, and are intended to be a time away from the usual day-to-day job, for reflection, recreation and renewal. It may take the form of a retreat, a course, visiting other places and churches, reading or a combination of these and other elements. The Church believes sabbaticals are important and therefore they are compulsory for all presbyters and deacons. They have to be taken in the 10th and every subsequent 7th year of travel.
Amanda begins here three month sabbatical in April. She plans to use her time creatively, staying at an abbey in Kent and being part of an arts festival in Cornwall. She will be sharing some of her creative endeavours and blessings with us on her return.
During Amanda's sabbatical the trustees of Cornerstone would value the support and prayers of all who are able so please pray and encourage them in their work.
The evening of Thursday 14th June saw a packed house (around 200) at Cornerstone for the Uckfield Talent Showcase Concert with an exciting and varied programme performed by local children and young people who came to perform. Extra chairs were needed and there were still many folk standing to get a chance to see so many talented young folk present their various skills and abilities much to the delight of the audience.
The many positive and enthusiastic comments was that it was "truly remarkable to see so much young talent in Uckfield". Who knows, it may not be long before to watch some of these youngsters performing on the television, in a professional concert or on the stage of the theatre.
The concert was attended by the recently elected town mayor, Councillor Spike Mayhew accompanied by his wife. We also welcomed the CEO of local charity, the Children's Respite Trust. The retiring collection raised the marvellous figure of £337.89 for the charity. Thank you to every who contributed and those who shared their talent to make for such an enjoyable and successful evening.