Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School 2017

June 26-30, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon*

Cost: $40 – 4 yr old (by June 1, 2017) through rising 4th grade

$60 – rising 5th & 6th grade

*Rising 5th and 6th graders stay until 3 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

Don’t miss this amazing adventure that will help kids begin or deepen their faith by discovering that our loving God made each of us for a purpose! It’s going to be a wildly creative, inventive, interactive adventure with God!

Register below:

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Youth and Adult Volunteers

Adult volunteers (18 years of age by June 1, 2017 or older) sign up here. If you are new to serving with us or haven’t done a Background Check in the last five years, you will need to complete the form and return to Emily Nelson.

Youth volunteers (rising 7th grade for the 2017-18 school year through age 17) sign up here.


Rising 5th and 6th graders (kids going into 5th or 6th grade for the 2017-18 school year.) Please note:

  • Campers in this age category will have extend hours (until 3 p.m.) on two of the days that week. More details to follow.
  • There is a $60 registration fee per child.

Rising 3rd and 4th graders (kids going into 3rd or 4th grade for the 2017-18 school year.)

  • There is a $40 registration fee per child.

Rising 1st and 2nd graders (kids going into 1st for 2nd grade for the 2017-18 school year.)

  • There is a $40 registration fee per child.

4 & 5 year olds and Rising K (kids going into Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year). Please note:

  • Children must be 4 years old by June 1, 2017
  • There is a $40 registration fee per child.

“Mini” VBS for children (ages 2 & 3 years old) of VBS Volunteers. Please note:

  • Children must be 2 years old by June 1, 2017
  • This program is only for children of our adult VBS volunteers. It is not a drop-off program.
  • There is a $20 registration/supply fee for this program.

Nursery care for children of VBS Volunteers. Please note: this free service is only for children of our adult VBS Volunteers.

Preschoolers Receive Picture Bibles

Preschoolers Receive Picture Bibles

On Sunday, Feb. 26, our two and three year old families that participated in the Picture Bible Faith Steps groups were blessed and presented a Picture Bible.

Faithsteps is a series of classes and groups that partner with parents to develop their child’s faith from birth to high school graduation. To learn more about the next Faithsteps class, contact Kristin Passath (Children’s Ministries) or Emily Felgenhauer (Merge Youth Ministries).

Family Fun Night in Photos

Family Fun Night in Photos

On Friday, Feb. 28 our families enjoyed quality time, fun snacks and the movie “Inside Out” at our Family Fun Night.

This event was hosted by our Children’s Ministries as a way for parents to have a fun, stress-free way to have a fun night out as a family.  The children enjoyed fun snacks, a photo booth, crafts and more throughout the evening.

View photos from the event below:


Lent is a period of time (40 days, not including Sundays) leading up to Easter Sunday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, where he prayed and fasted, endured temptation and prepared to begin his ministry.  We use this period of time to prepare for Easter, to re-focus our lives, so we can grow closer to God. Our lives are filled with distractions that take us away from living a life with Christ.  Like Jesus, we all need to take time to pray and listen for God. Lent is a great time to “repent” — to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. You and your family might try one of these practices for Lent:

FASTING: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But that’s not the only way to fast. You can fast by cutting out some of the things in your life that distract you from God. Some Christians use the whole 40 days to fast from sweets, television, soft drinks, or electronics as a way to purify their bodies and lives. You might skip one meal a day and use that time to pray instead. Or you can give up some activity like worry or reality tv to spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.  What do you need to let go of or “fast” from in order to focus on God?  What clutters your calendar and life? How can you simplify your life in terms of what you eat, wear or do? (Check out this article for ideas on Family Time Lenten Sacrifices.)

SERVICE: Some Christians take something on for Christ.  You can collect food for the needy, volunteer, commit to help a different stranger, co-worker or friend everyday of Lent. Serving others is one way we serve God.

PRAYER: Christians also use Lent as a time of intentional prayer. You can pray while you walk, create music or art as a prayer to God, or savor a time of quiet listening. All can be ways of becoming more in tune with God.

Here’s a devotion you can do tonight with your family.

“Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and celebration again;” Psalm 51:7-8a (CEB)

Guilt vs. Grace: We have all dealt with the feeling of guilt. Guilt is a feeling of knowing that you have done
wrong and there may be some type of punishment/consequence coming. But, God always offers us grace. Grace is God’s unearned and unconditional love, a gift given before we do anything good or bad. It is through God’s grace that we understand the guilt is not from God, and if we turn towards God’s love through grace we can move beyond our guilt and sin.

Have you ever been playing outside on a really hot day? You were sweaty, sticky, dirty and maybe even a little bit stinky! Or maybe you spent the day at the beach and you were full of sandy grit and sunscreen? You really were in need and wanted a shower or bath! Why was it so great to take that shower or bath and get clean? How is God’s forgiveness like that really great shower or bath? How do you feel knowing that God’s love and forgiveness are always with you even when you have done wrong?

Connect Activity: Sand Prayer
Supplies: Sand, tray or sandbox to hold sand (could also use salt if sand not available)
Using a sand box or a small tray with a layer of sand. Take time to write the things you feel guilty for in the
sand. As you are doing this, talk to God about why you feel the way that you do and ask for God’s grace to
wash over you. When you are ready, move your hand in the sand over your writing and watch your guilt be
washed away by “God’s grace.”

“Life of the Party” Children’s Musical in Pictures

“Life of the Party” Children’s Musical in Pictures

Sunday, Feb. 26, our children performed the musical “Life of the Party” in the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sanctuary services. They worked hard and had a great performance!

The play was performed by our Celebration Choir, which is for first through fifth graders. After the play, the Angel Choir performed the offertory, which is for children four years old through kindergarten.  If your child is interested in joining one of our choirs, contact Michael Dougherty for rehearsal information.

If you missed the performance, you can view it in our sermon archives.

View photos of the performance below:

Giving the Extra Mile!

Giving the Extra Mile!

Help us support Cornerstone’s Annual Wonder Walk.
The offering collected at Sunday Morning Live from Feb. 12  – Mar. 26  will support Cornerstone’s Annual Wonder Walk. The March 25 Wonder Walk takes place here on our campus and raises scholarship funds for the nearly 20,000 babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children served by Cornerstone. Each scholarship makes it possible for a child to receive a full-time (5 days a week) quality early childhood education and three nutritious meals a day so their parents can work and go to school to “earn and learn” their way out of the cycle of poverty.

The scholarships raised at Wonder Walk provide quality early childhood education and nutritious food to children living below the poverty level and attending the Rosa Valdez Early Learning Center and Lab School located in the inner-city of Tampa. Cornerstone  has been a beacon of hope for children and families in the Tampa Bay region for over 120 years.

Other ways to show support:
1. Come to the Wonder Walk at Hyde Park Campus Saturday, March 25.
2. Pray for the child on your prayer tag (distributed March 5  in Sunday Morning Live), and all of the children they serve.
3. Donate gently used books, toys and clothing  (appropriate for someone 5 and under). 

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