St John the Baptist Parish Church

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Church finances

Stewardship

When do we need something done?

The answer is usually –yesterday!Let’s consider the Audio Visual System (AVS)! The PCC approved requirements for improvement in July 2012!

Those who attended the Crib service on Christmas Eve praised the endeavours of both the children and the organisers but in truth, there were many, unfortunately, who strained to hear. This is just one recent example of being let down by inadequate resources.    We need to update the AVS system

The service of Nine lessons and Carols was excellent and the challenge to a visiting organist bravely undertaken! Did you appreciate the anthem “Crown Imperial” which David, our own organist, played at the end of a recent service? Had you spoken with him you would have some idea of the difficulty and of the hard work and expertise needed in its performance. We need to renovate our organ and gain full value for another 60 years

Both of these tasks are vitally important.  Remember-

1. “The sooner the better” we need the benefits of the AV system now rather than later.

2. Costings usually go up, rarely stand still or go down!

Turning to our collective future, to run our church in 2016 we shall require £31,000 to cover such necessities as heating, lighting and insurance, £81,000 for our Parish share- the benefit of much of which flows back to cover the costs of  our church, and £16,000 to maintain our strong tradition of Mission giving -  a total of £128.000. To avoid a deficit an increase of around 5% is needed from  every single giver!  As it is acknowledged that there are some people who simply cannot increase their giving we ask those who are able to increase by 10%.

Three questions come to mind which need to be addressed urgently!

Can you be more regular in your giving?

Are you able to increase your giving?

Do you, could you use Gift Aid?

A £5 donation becomes £6.25 a £20 donation becomes £25 and the effort is minimal to you but infinitely beneficial to the church.

The committee acknowledges the need to encourage those who use our church only occasionally to give more and at all forthcoming Baptism services we will! We also appeal to you, our parishioners to increase your support wherever you can and let’s achieve the two vital goals set out above, whilst continuing to meet our existing regular financial commitments. Thank You.

Stewardship Committee