Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It was the spring of 1950 that the story of the Golden Cross Society (known today as the Cornwall Manor Society) begins, six months after the establishment of The Methodist Church Home in Cornwall. The Rev. Dr. Levi Zerr, Founder and Director of the Home, approached Mrs. Mildred Barnes, Conference President of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, to discuss the feasibility of organizing a society to support the Home, both financially and spiritually. Mrs. Barnes met with a core group of women who agreed to contact as many churches and individuals as possible to invite them to a meeting on October 7, 1950 at the Home. From this meeting, the Golden Cross Society of the Methodist Church Home in Cornwall was born.
The Society has established many programs and events over their sixty year tenure that still remains active today. Birthday and Christmas cards and gifts were given by local churches, and in 1953 monthly birthday parties were established. A Gift Cart was created in 1981, known today as “Shoppe on Wheels,” that has twice-weekly service rounds in the Health Center. Fruit, candy, cards and sundries were available for purchase. Currently, many more projects like Second Sunday services in Zerr Chapel, Intergenerational Programs, the Star Project, Horizons Unlimited, Arm Chair Travel continue and many others continue to develop and grow.