Through nearly six months of worshipping virtually while staying updated with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as being confronted with the immense racial injustice in the United States and the political discourse with the upcoming presidential election, the Pastoral Staff at Cornerstone have discerned a new ministry strategy for 2020-2021, which Pastor Bill initially shared during Sunday worship on August 30th.
Here are the components of the new ministry strategy:
- Smaller groups for community, discipleship, and mission with God. We are calling these "2:42 Teams" based on Acts 2:42, where we read about the early Church, "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." In this season, we believe that it is important to go deeper with God, with one another, and with our neighbors who may not know Jesus yet. 2:42 Teams will be centered around learning together, leading one another, putting our faith into concrete action, and sharing our faith with fellow believers as well as sharing our faith in a way that blesses our neighborhoods and city. In these teams, we believe that we can experience supernatural transformation, not only on a personal basis but also in a way that makes a difference in our world that is currently experiencing brokenness and suffering. You can find more information about 2:42 Teams and sign up here on Cornerstone Connect: 2:42 Team Signups.
- A transition from pre-recorded virtual Sunday services to live virtual Sunday services. Up until this past March, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) was sold to developers last year and we were supposed to continue gathering until July 2021. Due to COVID-19, BFIT did not renew our lease for 2020-2021, leaving us without a physical space to gather. The Long Range Planning Team has been searching for both a temporary space for ministry volunteers and the Pastoral Staff Team to conduct and livestream our Sunday worship services as well as a future, more permanent space when we can all safely gather in person for Sunday worship services. A temporary space has been found, and our Sunday services will gradually be mostly, if not all, live rather than pre-recorded, starting this upcoming Sunday, October 4th! Make sure you've subscribed to our YouTube channel and/or bookmarked the Church.Online link! Additionally, the Leadership Team is providing an opportunity to connect via Zoom for a Sunday Worship Watch Party each week, so that we can see each others' faces and
- A redesign of our learning opportunities and spiritual growth experiences to be available digitally/virtually. The Pastoral Staff Team will be working on, alongside ministry core teams, making our learning opportunities and spiritual growth experiences to be available online. For example, the Christian Formation Ministry will be working on getting our Gifts & Calling Class to be an online experience and the College Ministry has planned for a virtual retreat in November. We are still committed to helping you know God, stay connected with each other, and experience abundant life with Jesus through the Holy Spirit!
The Pastoral Staff Team and Leadership Team are continuing to monitor the reopening of Massachusetts and staying in contact with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology regarding plans for reopening their building. We will continue to worship via livestream for the time being, and any important updates will shared during our Sunday services and through our weekly eNews.
Hello, Cornerstone! We will livestream an intimate service on our website here starting at 10:30am tomorrow morning! Make sure you are on a strong Internet connection, but if you run into issues, we will do our best to have the service recorded. We appreciate your patience as we figured out the details of livestreaming for the first time! In the meantime, the updates shared on March 12th still hold true for Cornerstone until further notice. We hope to connect with you tomorrow morning!
We appreciate your patience and trust as the pastors and the Leadership Team discern how to best lead our congregation in the midst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in the world and in Boston.
Here are the most up-to-date details around our gatherings:
- Sunday services will be cancelled until Holy Week: In-person Sunday gatherings will not be held through Holy Week. A decision regarding Easter Sunday worship will be made as we receive more clarity in the upcoming weeks.
- Live-streaming Sunday worship will begin on March 15. We still want to worship, pray, and experience God together even over a livestream. We will gather virtually on Sunday, March 15th at 10:30am. Stay connected via our eNews and social media for the specifics.
- All-Church Retreat has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed shortly. Any questions about the retreat should be directed to the Leadership Team.
- Gatherings of more than 25 people will not be held. We also highly recommend that smaller gatherings, including Community Groups, meet virtually. Keep in touch with each other, but do so in a safe way with technology and practicing micro-social distancing, which includes keeping at least three feet apart and frequent hand washing.
- If you test positive for coronavirus, let us know. Use this form to let the pastors and Leadership Team know so that they can pray for you and act accordingly.
- Direct any questions to our leaders: firstname.lastname@example.org