Lo­cal Bap­tist Church Hosts School Zone Party

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

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