Cornerstone Newsletter January 2017

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Friends of Cornerstone Newsletter
January 2017

Happy New Year to all our Friends. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us this year.

It was a really great December in the café. We had 6 very well received Christmas lunch days, most sittings were full and we had a lot of compliments! We ran 3 very busy Make & Bake craft mornings for under 5's which brought in many new people, some who hadn't even realised we were here before.

We did make biscuits one week and decorate cupcakes another but they seemed to get eaten very quickly! Our books, cards & gifts section also seemed to do at least as well as previous years with the exception of the Traidcraft stock which really sold extra well both in November and December. What an answer to prayer that is!

It is so very important that we promote Fair Trade and to see more of it sell is a blessing.

Make & Bake for the under 5's.
Following the success of these sessions in December, we would love to run them regularly throughout the year. We will need a team of volunteers to help us though. We found that we needed two people to run a session and that there was quite a bit of preparation needed beforehand. Ideally we are looking for someone to co- ordinate this outreach and to lead a team to run it.

Most importantly you would need to pass our safeguarding checks, including the DBS check. You wouldn't need to come up with all the ideas or provide any of the materials but you would need to do some preparation for each session, ensure the other team members were informed and of course you would need to love working with small children and their parents. Please let us know if you would be interested, or if you know someone who would be.

Age UK will be starting their course for help with using laptops and tablets very soon. It runs 10am-12pm every Wednesday morning in term time. Do let us know if you are interested, there is normally room to squeeze a couple more people on, even when it has already started.
Since we are rightly keen to support Age UK, I have printed a selection of knitting patterns from their website. You may know they run a campaign in the winter with Innocent smoothies who adorn their bottles with hats and donate a share of their profits to Age UK. They need knitters to knit the hats and there are three patterns with increasing levels of difficulty, so do drop in to collect one if you want to be involved.
You should all know that we sell Gift Vouchers for use in our shop. In the past they have always been restricted to be spent on "BOOKS" or "FOOD", we have now introduced a new system of vouchers which can be spend on anything we sell. We will still redeem the old vouchers and unfortunately we will need to redeem them only on books or food, whichever they were bought for.

This month's Special Hot Meal will be served at 12.30pm on 25th January and it will be Cottage Pie. As with previous months, we are expecting Mandy from Age UK to be here from 10am for all your questions about Age UK services.

The Cornerstone Prayer Breakfast is this Saturday, 14th January 8.30am. I look forward to seeing everyone to share prayer, fellowship, tea/coffee and croissants with us.

God Bless, Sarah Shewring

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