I Heart Derry
Every CCI family church carries a strong heart for their community and Cornerstone City Church in Derry is no exception.
Earlier this month Cornerstone undertook their annual festival of faith - I Heart Derry - within the city bringing God's love to many lives across the week.
From 3 - 8 July the church, together with ninety missions partners from churches around the US, hosted 'Camp Conqueror' - a mad explosion of dance, drama, games and singing aimed for primary school kids. This year the camps were hosted in Lisnagelvin and Donemana Primary Schools. As well as hosting these camps, an I Heart Team helped to host an inner city Kids programme
within the Bogside/Brandywell/Creggan area.
I Heart environmental teams were also in action in the Bogside, helping in a much needed clean up.
For the first time Cornerstone partnered with 'Coaching for Christ' a football coaching ministry who helped deliver their first soccer academy. At this week long event five young people accepted Christ for the first time.
Finally the church hosted an I Heart on street prayer ministry each afternoon. Volunteers met, talked and prayed with many people who are looking for a genuine encounter with hope.
On the final Sunday of the week many families came to Cornerstone to watch the skills and talents of our young dancers and singers!
This Sunday many families returned and hopefully will begin the lifelong journey with Jesus Christ.
I Heart not only encourages the church to love its community but also models a method of how to do it. Since it's beginning some seven years ago several other I Heart type initiatives have been rolled out across the US, particularly in Washington DC, Lincoln Nebraska and Lansing, Michigan.
Ps Brian from Cornerstone City Church says, "We are continually humbled, inspired and encouraged at the life God lets us live. Partnering with great people from across the globe sends a message of love to our church but more than that, it sends a message to Derry and to Ireland that God has big plans for every person on the island."
Plans are already afoot for I Heart 2018 and if your church would like to partner with Cornerstone City Church next summer just drop Brian a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. I Heart 2018 will run from 2 - 9 July 2018.
Ps Brian Somerville - Senior Pastor Cornerstone City Church