Mildenhall Anglican Church




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.


This 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.


And 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.


All 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?

Learning to bell-ring? One of the Prayer Care Team? Learning about living out the Christian faith with the

Bible Society Lyfe course?


Each 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.



God's blessings

Sue



Just a bit more…..

This 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 scheme.

Thank you.


[We 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.]


While 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.

That 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

there.


May be we can think about how we spend the money we have, what are our big outlays? Can we make a

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 18

weeks? Let’s all see what we can do – we are all in this together. Thank you.