At the beginning of a New Year we traditionally reflect on the past, think about the things that are important in our lives and make plans for the future.
In the same way, our church re-assesses its mission both in the local community and in the world as a whole. It also reviews priorities and also the practicalities of maintaining the church and extending its mission.
Last year we tried to provide the historical context of the building of our church and how it has grown through the generosity of the congregation over the years. St John’s is your church and its future depends on us all. The Stewardship Committee would like to thank you for all your support to the church in 2016.
In practical terms, the church has to live within its means as it receives no external funding. It has to ensure that there is adequate funding to support the church and its mission. Lent is the time to reflect on the spiritual aspects of giving in accordance with Christian teaching and also consider practical ways in which we can support the church.
This month the Stewardship campaign will be launched to encourage the congregation and wider community to pledge their time, talents and money to sustain the church in 2017.
The leaflet “Giving to your Church” is available at the back of the hall, which describes the various methods you can use to support our Church. Please take some time to read the leaflet and quietly think about how you personally will help support the Church in its mission.
All giving is extremely welcome, but we would specifically ask anyone who currently does not give by standing order to consider setting one up. We are sure that you will appreciate, regular giving is much better from a budgeting point of view.
We would also ask those of you who are taxpayers to Gift Aid the donations you are able to make if you are not doing so already. Individually this may not seem that material, but taken together it does make a huge difference. The necessary forms are available and the treasurer, or a member of the Stewardship Committee, can assist you in setting one up.
We would also ask you to consider whether you are able to raise your current level of giving. As always, the Stewardship Committee is very aware that many people face tight personal financial circumstances and that, for some, just maintaining their giving, let alone increasing it is a challenge. We simply ask you to do what you are able.
We are confident that this call for your generosity in 2017 will be met. For that, we thank you.
The Stewardship Committee