Each year, Cornerstone Church in Madison, TN celebrates the beginning of the school year by blessing kids with a brand new backpack and new school supplies. This year is no different. On July 31, 2016, Cornerstone Church will give the first 500 kids to attend service a brand new backpack filled to the brim with school supplies for the upcoming semester.
Pastor Maury Davis says the theme for 2016 at Cornerstone is “Beyond.” He says, “For us to move beyond this year, it means looking beyond the walls of our church sanctuary and looking out into the community for ways that we can serve our neighbors regardless of whether they are members of the church or not.”
Children must be present at either the 8:20 AM or 10:30 AM service, where the backpacks will be given away on a first come, first served basis.
Prior to the giveaway, Cornerstone is expecting to pick up over a hundred and fifty inner city kids who otherwise would not be able to afford summer camp this year and take them to their own camp in Hardin, KY for three days of summer fun.
Pastor Maury Davis says, “It’s important that these kids know that the church cares. We see them and we want to be a blessing to these families when life may not have provided a way for them to get to go to summer camp or to get new school supplies. It’s a small thing that we can do that will hopefully have a lasting impact.”
The members of the church have raised money to cover every expense for each child that attends the camp. Not only is the camp itself free to each family, but these kids will be blessed with new clothes, toiletries, and hopefully lasting relationships. The giveaway and free camp are in line with Cornerstone’s focus on its children’s ministry this year as the church recently opened a multimillion dollar expansion project, complete with a three story children’s ministry area including Nashville’s largest indoor playground. It’s all part of the church’s goal to reach the next generation and be of service to their community.
The indoor playground is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and is available at no cost to the public.