Sunday 7th of May was an important day for the folk of Cornerstone Uckfield; it was the day on which we held our first official worship service together as one new church. The day marked the end of the old Uckfield Methodist Church and United Reformed Church as separate entities and the beginning of a new church representing both traditions in the town. The service was well attended and led by our Minister Rev Amanda Roper. If you want read more about the service then click on the service order image on the right to download a copy.
During the afternoon we welcomed many friends from the local community including local churches, sharing words of encourage, prayer and praise and then... tea and cake, in great quantities. Amanda cut the "Cornerstone" cake and it, along with many others, disappeared rapidly.
The evening of Wednesday 14th June saw Cornerstone packed with an enthusiastic audience and a plethora of performers for the "Uckfield Talent Showcase", an evening of entertainment provided by members of the church and local community. A huge thank you is due to everyone who took part and everyone who came along and supported the event.
There was a retiring collection for the local charity, "Children With Cancer Fund" and the magnificent sum of £340 was raised. A fantastic result to round off a fantastic evening.
Check out the full programme by clicking on the cover to the right.
As well as worship, prayer, studying the Bible and praise, Cornerstone is about building community, friendships and fellowship. On Sunday 16th July, we were able to take full advantage of the beautiful weather with a picnic on the Ashdown Forest. A very pleasant time was had by all.
We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone. In a world where inequality and injustice remain we all need to play our little part in helping to make the world a better place for all. Supporting the Fairtrade Foundation, whilst not solving all the problems, certainly helps to provide a better, fairer deal for those who work to provide the raw materials for many products that we enjoy such as tea, sugar, coffee and chocolate.
The Fairtrade Foundation is a well established scheme to which Cornerstone is committed. Recently concern has grown that popular retailer, Sainsburys, are planning to withdraw from the scheme and set up an alternative which will not be accredited to ensure certainty in the product provided. Find out more by clicking the link to a recent Guardian article, below. Also follow the links to an online petition and a statement by the Fair Trade Foundation.
You may have noticed the garden areas around the church building as you pass Cornerstone. Thanks to the hard work and continued effort of Linda Hallett who has maintained the challenging sloping gardens for many years we are able to enjoy the beauty of a lovely colourful bank of mature perennials.
Huge congratulations are due to Linda who recently received the Brighter Uckfield award for Best Church Garden from chairman Ian Smith. The photograph to the left is courtesy of the UCKFIELD NEWS.
Sunday 17th September 2017 marks an important anniversary for the life and journey of the Christian Church throughout the world - today we celebrate and give thanks for the ordination of Rev'd Constance Coltman (23 May 1889 - 26 March 1969) at the King's Weigh House Chapel in London. She was the first woman to be ordained to the ministry of word and sacraments in a mainstream Christian denomination.
Today churches throughout the world give thanks for her example and ministry and for the ministry of women since. Whilst contraversial in some sectors of the church, there can
be no doubt that the ministry of women has both enriched and transformed the church for good. During the morning service at Cornerstone, led by Rev'd Michael Davis, we took time to reflect and give thanks for her and for women's ministry across the century since.
To mark the centenary, the United Reformed Church have created a short film about her life and calling which you find at this address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpFfb8QhpgI&feature=youtu.be