We are a registered charitable organisation, Charity No. 230656 under the name of The Lonsdale Bible Society. The registered ‘Activities’ of the charity state that:
THE LONSDALE BIBLE SOCIETY OPERATES A CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP WHICH PROVIDES CHRISTIAN MATERIALS INCLUDING BIBLES, BOOKS, MUSIC, CHILDREN’S TEACHING MATERIALS ETC. TO A WIDE RANGE OF CUSTOMERS INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IT ALSO OFFERS A LISTENING AND PRAYER MINISTRY TO CUSTOMERS
History of The Lonsdale Bible Society
The Lonsdale Bible Society was formed in 1957 as a non-profit making charity by local Christians from various denominations, its board of Trustees also being representative of the local church fellowships. The intention was to promote the Christian message by the selling of Bibles and Christian literature through a local shop. The Bible Shop was first opened in 1958 in premises in Daltongate, supported by the giving of Christians and manned by volunteers. We have seen God’s faithfulness through His people in so many ways.
In 1972 the Society employed David Parratt as full-time manager and, after a few years, the shop moved to premises in Mill Street at the invitation of Emmanuel Christian Centre.
The premises in Daltongate were sold and the money invested. The income from that investment and the shop income, together with some gifts, supported the shop financially until 2006 when the investment income decreased significantly.
To ease the financial situation, in January 2006, David became part-time and ran the shop with a number of volunteers. The financial situation was made known among the Christians in the area and a number became regular financial supporters.
In 2008 the shop celebrated its 50th anniversary.
In 2010 Emmanuel Christian Centre wished to make full use of its premises and so the shop moved to Market Street, putting a Christian witness right on the main shopping street in our town. David retired shortly afterwards and Anne Warwood became the new manager. Late in 2014 Anne retired and was replaced by Susan Christian and Frances Couch as joint managers.
After a customer survey it was decided to change the shop name and Cornerstone Books & Gifts was chosen by the Trustees from the customers’ suggestions.
Meet the Manager:
Introducing Frances Couch, our manager. Frances is a very interesting person and well worth getting to know!! She is looking forward to meeting you in the shop so do hurry over and introduce yourself!