Rev Lythan Nevard is The new Minister for Cranbrook she comes from the United Reformed Church, most recently working in Torbay.
Cornerstone is part of an ecumenical project funded by the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Church of England. Part of, because the paid role is that of Minister FOR Cranbrook rather than OF Cornerstone. This a very exciting distinction both for the Minister personally and for the Church.
It says to the community that the Church wants to reach out and be a part of all that is going on. Cornerstone has set up and still runs many community groups, from running to Board Games and Film Club. And those who are part of Cornerstone have also helped develop other new community groups as well – the Cranbrook Bikers and Elderberries (for the over 50’s) for example. Cornerstone is at the heart of community identity and engagement and we continue to feel that we are “Blessed to be a blessing”, sharing God’s love as we develop relationships with our neighbours.
We are looking forward to the time, hopefully by the end of 2016 when the plot of land earmarked for a building will be handed over to us to become, not a church of bricks and mortar but a community garden project and open air worship space. Worship will continue in St Martins School and we are making links with the new Cranbrook Education Campus with a view to occasionally worshipping there as well. Cranbrook is growing at a rapid pace and being a church without a building in an unfinished town helps us to respond to the changing needs – to be the Church of Christ for the community in which we live.
The past year has been a challenge as for 9 months there was no Minister for Cranbrook and Joe Fisher, part of Cornerstone stepped up and did a fantastic job of working with Church and community. It is testament to Joe, and to the previous Minister Mark Gilborson that the new Minister for Cranbrook has been welcomed so warmly by the community, the developers and the public sector, all of whom seem very eager to work with the Church for the benefit of Cranbrook. It is real Kingdom building and very exciting.