A church on mission together
Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” At Cornerstone, we encourage the whole church to participate in this Mission in a way that is personal, local, and global. Sharing the good news of Jesus is done with both words and actions. As we all look for opportunities to help each other and meet the needs of those around us, we try to coordinate our efforts with others of like mind. On this page, you can find our community ministries, local partnerships, and global partnerships, and have another page for refugee sponsorship. We raise funds for our partners and projects through 3 special Mission Offerings each year: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can give to Mission through our usual giving options, simply designate it to “Mission”.
Ukraine Emergency Response
As things unfold in Ukraine, the UN is estimating 3 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Many of them have been received by local Baptist churches who have robust plans for caring for those who have been displaced. At Cornerstone, we want to be responsive to these needs and support our sister Baptist churches in this ministry. As a church, we have been able to send financial support through your giving to the Mission fund. You can help immediately by giving through our mission partner Canadian Baptist Ministries.
“Go into all the world…”
Elie and Mireille Haddad
The Haddads serve with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) as team leaders for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Elie serves as President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. ABTS equips leaders for the Church in the entire Arabic-speaking world. Mireille serves with Heart for Lebanon, a Christian NGO that provides humanitarian aid and relief to marginalized people groups, including the ever-increasing number of refugees. Learn more about ministry in Lebanon on the CBM website.
If you would like to learn more about the Haddads or send them an encouraging note, you can find them through their profile on CBM’s website.
Cornerstone encourages a personal level of global engagement through individually sponsoring children via Compassion. Members of Cornerstone have sponsored over 100 children in more than 14 countries around the world. In the Fall of 2015, a team from Cornerstone went to visit their sponsor children in Bolivia, where dozens of people had sponsored children. In 2019 our church raised enough money to launch a Child Development Centre in El Salvador, with the hope that we will sponsor children from there and someday take a team to visit.
So far, Cornerstone has sponsored two refugee families from Syria. Visit the Refugee Sponsorship page to learn more.
Planning to go on a mission trip?
Each year Cornerstone sets aside some money to help support people going on mission trips. Contact Pastor Gordon with details about your trip (where, when, what you’ll be doing, costs, etc.) and the mission committee will be in touch.
If you’re looking for mission trip opportunities, a great option is besent.ca
“Love your neighbour…”
Along with “love God” Jesus said that “love your neighbour as yourself” makes up the two greatest commandments ever written in the Bible. Being “good neighbours” takes all kinds of forms, these local partner organizations offer many opportunities to volunteer. Visit our Love Your Neighbour page or reach out to find ways you can personally pray or support.
Camp Seggie is one of the most comprehensive, longest-running summer camps on PEI, a safe and fun place for youth to learn about God’s love. Not only a great ministry to campers and their families, the camp also helps to develop the leadership of many young people serving on staff.
Island Pregnancy Centre
Offering compassionate care and education for women and men facing unexpected pregnancies. Providing continued support through peer mentoring, programs, and our Baby Boutique. https://www.islandpregnancycentre.com/
Open Door Outreach
Open Door Outreach works with women in correctional centres, as well as when they get out, to break the cycle of addiction and crime.
Upper Room Soup Kitchen
At the Upper Room Soup Kitchen, every month our Cornwall and Stratford sites alternate to provide the ingredients for and preparing a hot meal one Saturday a month, usually serving 85-90 meals. Pray for the guests facing many different life issues. Food donations and volunteers are always welcome, see Krystal Rice.
Blooming House supports vulnerable women by providing safe overnight shelter for women in the Charlottetown area.
Mike & Maha Ghiz
Through Pioneers, the Ghiz’s minister to Arabic speakers in PEI: sharing skills, time visiting and building relationships, etc. as well as a weekly worship time and Bible study. The Ghiz’s resource local churches, and also serve at a global level with many other ministries in Lebanon and beyond.
Here are some ministries and opportunities that Cornerstone has organized.
Kits of Kindness
Helping address food insecurity that many school children face. Visit this page for more info.
Cornerstone provides church services in seniors care homes several months of the year. Currently, we do these services at Andrews Lodge in Stratford and on the Malpeque Road, Prince Edward Home on Maypoint Road, and Garden Home on North River Road.
All year this group gathers prom dresses and accessories to make available for free to students who might have difficulty getting to prom otherwise.
At various points in the year, our Montague site holds a “Community Closet” for people to find free used clothing in good condition.