newcastle muster … good times in the city!

Cornerstone has a long history in Newcastle dating back to the 1980s. Recent times have seen a growing number of Cornerstone members and alumni living in Newcastle. Many are committed to missional community in their suburbs, and there is also a Cornerstone team primarily focused on the University of Newcastle. So it was fitting that the theme for the Newcastle Mini Muster was ‘Community and Growth: Cultivating Christian Community in Urban Environments.’

The Muster kicked off with wood-fired pizzas at the home of a Newcastle grassroots community,
The Croatian Club. Les Follent and Mike Sunderland led the assembled audience
to consider the intrinsic nature of Christian Community, and discussion groups and a ‘Mission and Community Feast of Stories’ attempted to tap into the accumulated experience of local
missioners. There were a lot of locals in the crowd, along with quite few Cornerstoners from the communities at Dubbo, Canowindra and Coonabarabran.

The Muster was facilitated by the generous lending of meeting spaces by Mayfield Baptist Church, with whom Cornerstone has had a long friendship, and another icon of
Newcastle community, Maycare. Those who came along also appreciated the hard work of the Newcastle Cornerstone mob who hosted the weekend, led by Tim Godfrey.

newcastle muster update



swan hill minimuster – what a great weekend!

About 130 people gathered in chilly Swan Hill on the 2nd and 3rd of July for our Cornerstone Regional Muster. The theme for our time together was “Old Friends, New Times” and some friends came from as far away as Bundaberg and Newcastle to join in.

On the weekend Gil Cann (Cornerstone’s Advocate) presented us with an overview about the times in which we live and he gave us very practical thoughts about maintaining a life of mission. Jono Dickinson (Dean of Swan Hill Cornerstone Community) also brought an inspiring look at the aspects of the gospel that appeal to Australians and we could sense that God was equipping us for the task of representing him well. Andy Vincent led us in sharing the Lord’s supper together on the Sunday and Martin Watson facilitated a great discussion on missional community to finish out our time together. In between these sessions were many rich conversations, prayer together, stories, a farm tour, workshops, a bushdance and bonfires with the local community Saturday night and good food together. The divine quality of the God’s life was very evident!

If you missed the Swan Hill muster, you can still make it to the Newcastle muster on 23-24 July.

Some great muster moments …