Local Baptist Church Hosts School Zone Party
Stanstead’s Cornerstone Baptist Church hosted its’ second annual ‘School Zone Party’ on Saturday afternoon. Members of the newly established local church went door to door advertising their party and the free school supplies they offer local school children. The Church is headed by Leo Mcelroy, originally from Kentucky, who settled in Stanstead and started the Church in March 2010. The Church sprang from his Youth Ministry, which was established in 2009 and operated out of the Haskell Library.
The School Zone Party not only gives free school supplies to local residents, but also hosts a lunch, games and prize giveaways for local children. There were over 40 gift baskets awarded to local kids. The children were awarded 5 tickets simply for attending and they could play games to win more tickets. The kids could place their tickets in cups labelled with their preferred gift basket. A draw was done or each gift basket. Children could put their tickets in the draw for every gift basket they liked. The more games they played the more chances they had of winning the prize basket of their choice. Parents were welcome for the lunch as well. The School Zone Party was very successful, as the attendance was high and kids and families spent a good portion of the afternoon at the Church.
Leo Mcelroy, his wife and children all travelled for 3 and half years to raise the money to start this Church. Mcelroy spoke briefly about the history of their ministry, stressing they felt a strong purpose to work
with children. The School Zone Party was conceived as a means to introduce the Church to the community and invite residents to come and see who they are. In addition to Sunday service, the Church offers Bible classes for both children and adults, and has a youth group every Wednesday evening at 6:30. The youth group consists of an average of 15 children and after a Bible lesson the kids have snacks and play games. The group also has periodic outings and has organized a Scavenger Hunt for September 3rd called Town Trivia.
For those who are uncertain as to the basis of the Baptist religion, it is basically an independent church that is defined as Christian but not considered Protestant. It believes that Christ is head of the Church and one’s salvation is contingent upon faith in Christ, not through your deeds. The church is Bible based, focused on scripture, and rejects iconology. Bible classes focus on learning the scriptures as published in the Bible.
Leo McElroy in conversation is a very earnest and outgoing man. He speaks sincerely about his mission and beliefs. He makes it clear he extends a genuine welcome to anyone who wishes to come speak to them about their mission and their Church. His wish is that their Youth Group will attract more children, as it is not only focused on Bible study, but also on kids getting to know one another and having fun together. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Cornerstone Baptist Church is invited to attend the classes or service Sunday morning at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. respectively, or the Youth Group meetings on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.