July 7, 2017 NORTH UXBRIDGE, MA – North Uxbridge Baptist Church announces to the community that it has changed its name to Cornerstone Church. While the mission and Conservative Baptist affiliation of Cornerstone Church remain the same, only the name has changed. After years of careful consideration and prayer, several factors have influenced this decision.
“Our church’s mission is still to share the love and truth of Christ with those in our community, no matter what the cost to us,” shares Jamie Walton, Senior Pastor for the past 10 years. “We realized that our church’s name could actually be hindering our mission.”
The way churches were named centuries ago is no longer relevant today. In the 19th century, as Christian immigrants were flooding into the Blackstone Valley, they tended to divide based on territory and religious denomination and they named their local village churches accordingly. North Uxbridge Baptist Church began in the mid-1800s when a group from Sutton Baptist Church started a new Baptist church in North Uxbridge. The new church took on the name of the village it was started in because those are the people it would serve and it took on the name of the denomination it was associated with.
For many decades, the church’s ministry has expanded beyond the boundaries of North Uxbridge and into the entire Blackstone Valley. “Many people attend Cornerstone Church from several towns away and we have church ministries that reach as far as Worcester,” says Pastor Walton. “Having the village of North Uxbridge in our name is misleading. Our location no longer limits who we are here to serve.”
Cornerstone Church still stands on the same beliefs and doctrine and is still a member of Conservative Baptists Northeast, but has dropped the word Baptist from the name. “This was a difficult decision,” says Pastor Walton. “About 150 years ago when the church began, most Americans went to church and the general public understood what various denominations believed and how they were different. That is no longer the case. Today, a denomination name is not usually what attracts someone to a church and it may even carry negative stereotypes. The last thing we want is for people to not visit our church simply because of our name.”
“Unfortunately, many Americans now associate the word Baptist with the hateful actions of the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas that we’ve all heard about in the media for several years. They do not share the truth and love of Christ. They are an embarrassment to Christians and unfortunately they have soiled the Baptist name.”
“Our new name, Cornerstone Church, represents who we really are. In the Bible, Christ is described as the Cornerstone on which the church is built. Jesus Christ never changes and He is always relevant.” Walton adds, “And we are still the church located on the corner of Rt. 122 and Hartford Ave. in North Uxbridge.”
Cornerstone Church will be hosting a free community fun day in late summer or early fall in celebration of its new name. Visitors are always welcome on Sunday mornings at 9:00am or 11:00am. All are welcome and childcare is provided. For more information about Cornerstone Church, visit CornerstoneBV.org.