An ad hoc committee comprised of members of both Cornerstone and Orchard Park have met and identified a number of issues that we will need to explore in order for each congregation to make an informed, Spirit-led decision regarding the potential adoption of Orchard Park by Cornerstone.
To facilitate the exploration of these issues, the following process has been constructed. Each member of both congregations are encouraged to participate fully in this process.
Sunday, May 27, 2:00-4:00pm - Guided Tours at Each Campus
The potential is that we become one church that owns 2 locations and buildings. This is a drop-in opportunity to receive a guided tour (in groups) of the other church’s campus. The hope is that we will gain appreciation for the current challenges and the future potential of each site.
Sunday, May 27, 7:00pm - Prayer Summit at Cornerstone
This is an opportunity for us to gather together to seek the face of God, asking that his will be done, his purposed promoted, and his name honoured.
Sunday June 10 - Pulpit Swap
Kevin Bayne will preach at Orchard Park, and Trevor Peck will preach at Cornerstone.
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm - Joint Town Hall Meeting at Orchard Park
Cornerstone’s Elders & Pastors will present an Integration Plan. There will be opportunities for interaction, questions, etc.
Thursday, June 21, 7:00pm - Cornerstone Membership Class at Orchard Park
This is an opportunity for members of Orchard Park to experience what a membership class at Cornerstone is like. This is not a commitment to join Cornerstone, but an opportunity to know how Cornerstone’s leaders interact with all new members.
Sunday, June 24 - Joint Service, baptisms, picnic at Simcoe Park
We will have a joint outdoor service at Simcoe Park, baptisms at Lake Ontario, and a picnic back at the park
Sunday July 8 - Congregational Votes
Each congregation will vote regarding the adoption. Proxy voting will be available from June 25.
If the adoption votes are affirmative, our congregations begin worshipping together July 15, with a full launch on Vision Sunday, September 9.
To express questions and concerns that you want to ensure are included within this process, please speak to a committee member:
Cornerstone: Kevin Bayne, Dave Froese, Elvera Trimboli, Matt Unruh
Orchard Park: Eleanor Dick, Fred Dick, Darrell Gillespie, Trevor Peck