Thursday, 17 September 2015

Refugees are welcome in Lancaster

How to be Church in the City? That is the question Methodists in Lancaster asked, and the result is one congregation with two churches.  Their aim is to be 'an inclusive Christian community, with a deep commitment to justice and peace, which affirms and values everyone.' That is just what I found when I met the minister, Steve Charman, at Cornerstone.
The community café is a training centre for people with learning disabilities, as well as providing a listening ear, and absolutely scrummy coffee and cakes!
Briony Scott, the café manager
The changing room with a hoist. 

The message I saw on every notice, and in every space, was welcoming, and inclusive. 

Cornerstone also hosts Thumbprint, Relate, Multiple Sclerosis Society, CVS Volunteers, and a range of counselling services.  

Janet Pybon in the chapel
As I left, people began gathering for the Tuesday Quiet Time in the chapel space, which can be seen from the café.  
Steve, Alison, Arthur and Janet

For me, Cornerstone is a model of how to live out the Gospel; a listening place, engaging with the community in all its need and joy.

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