Cornerstone Church is an established Co-Mission and FIEC church, planted over 15 years ago in Kingston upon Thames.
The staff team at Cornerstone have been working hard to keep in close contact with all the congregation during lockdown, making sure everyone’s supported. However, they don’t want to focus just on the situation here in London, but also to remember to pray for and support our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.
With this in mind, the staff have challenged the church membership to get involved in two challenges to raise money for Open Doors, a charity that provides Bibles, support and aid to impoverished and persecuted Christians in over 60 countries.
Here’s what they’ve come up with…
1) #1suffersallsuffer challenge – how long can you do the plank?
Cornerstone members have been seeing how long they can do the plank exercise. This is done by placing just your forearms and the balls of your feet on the ground and holding that position. After a while, it starts to hurt!
This has been a good reminder of how the body of Christ works – ‘If one part suffers, every part suffers with it’ (1 Corinthians 12:26). In the same way, the church has not wanted to forget the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, whose suffering may be increasing at this time as they are overlooked for aid and government support.
Once someone has attempted the plank, £3 is donated to Open Doors. Their video or photo of the attempt is also shared online with the hashtag #1suffersallsuffer. Then three friends or family members are nominated to take part themselves.
Some members have been more competitive than others, with times ranging from a few seconds to just over eight minutes! If you’d like to get involved in this challenge too, you can! All you have to do is:
- Hold the plank for as long as you can
- If you’d like, post a photo or film of your attempt on social media using the hashtag #1suffersallsuffer
- Donate £3 to Open Doors by clicking here.
- Nominate three other people to do the same!
2) Lockdown challenge – what can you do in one hour?
For this challenge, church members have been encouraged to get creative in choosing their own challenge to complete within one hour, which they will perform on Saturday 30 May. Again, the aim is to raise money from family and friends for Open Doors, you can donate here.
This was conceived back when daily exercise was restricted to an hour a day. Though this has now been eased, it remains a good challenge!
Church members have been getting creative in their chosen challenges. There have been:
- Exercise challenges
- Eating challenges
- Craft challenges
- Singing challenges
… and many more!
While these challenges have been fun to take part in, they have served to remind the congregation that they are not the only ones going through difficult circumstances during this time. We should not neglect to pray to our Heavenly Father for other Christians around the world, even those we don’t know personally.
In Colossians 1:3–14, we read that the apostle Paul has ‘heard’ about the faith and love of the church in Colossae. He’s never actually met them! Yet he prays continually for their spiritual health, especially that they would have great endurance and patience.
Let this be our prayer for suffering saints throughout the globe: that they would patiently endure the trials and persecutions they are being subjected to, and look forward to the day when He returns to reign and make all things new.