The summer days are fast flashing by and soon it will be a new school term and a new school year.
For us as a church it is a new time as we look towards Harvest, then Remembrance and make plans for Advent and Christmas.
This year we have a confirmation service on Sunday September 8th at 4pm. Please come and support the
candidates at the service and
also with your prayers before and after the service. This is a new
step for each
candidate in their Christian lives and journey of faith.
term we continue to make new plans for celebrating 800 years of this
present church building. While
we look back on the years of faith in
this place, we also look ahead to extra ways of involving and
celebrating with the community from Advent 2019 to advent 2020.
the PCC continue to look at new ways of facing financial challenges,
upkeep of the building, wisdom
about the proposed new team, how to
encourage and nurture new faith and continue to build the church
family. Please pray as ideas and decisions are made. Please also pass on your thoughts to the PCC.
of us, as God’s people together, can and need to be a part of His
ongoing purposes for this church
family. Are there new ways that you
could be involved? Part of the cleaning team? Part of helping with
Tinies, or Funday Sunday?
to bell-ring? One of the Prayer Care Team? Learning about living out
the Christian faith with the
Bible Society Lyfe course?
day let’s take time to pray, to read our Bible’s, offer the day
on service to our Lord, be ready to take up
new challenges, new
opportunities and always being thankful. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
: Because of
the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Just a bit more…..
year we need to pay around £31,000 to the Diocese. That is about
£29,000 less than originally
requested from us, but about £3,000
more than the PCC expected. Last year we managed £26,500. This was
an increase over the previous year- partly because the insurance
money was paid from the Building Fund
and partly because of the
fantastic response from you in signing up of the Parish Share Giving
are hoping everyone will be able to sign up to the Parish giving
Scheme (PGS)- as this has huge
advantages for Gift Aid claiming, stream-lining accounting, saving on counting, paperwork and banking. It
is also gives an important opportunity to re-assess and update
your giving. Most of us pay many of our bills
directly from the bank
– the PGS is a way to give directly for God. If you haven’t
already, please see Jean
Bates for a PGS pack – it does not take
long to arrange. Or if the PGS is not for you – please use the
SUMup contactless machine for your bankcard at the back of church at services.]
we have a waiver from the Diocese of £29,000 this is dependent on
following through plans to grow
as a church and increase our giving.
At the moment we need to see if we can match last year’s giving and
raise a further £4,500.
sounds a lot, but it helps if we break it down. There are 18 weeks
until the end of the year and there are
around 50 of us. If 50 of us
can find £90 over 18 weeks- that’s £5 a week- that makes £4,500
and we will be
saving anywhere of £5 a week and pass it
onto the church? What can we give up, or change and so put £5 a
week aside? Can we dig deeper and allocate more to the church?
Have you signed up for Gift Aid to
enhance your gift by 25% if you
are a tax payer? What can each of us do to find £90 (or more ) over
weeks? Let’s all see what we can do – we are all in this together. Thank you.