Thank you for a successful Stewardship Campaign!
Not long ago, with the full support of the Stewardship Committee, we worried about how we could present the hard financial facts that face St John’s Church. We were right to worry as the situation was serious and was set to become yet more serious.
The task presented was challenging but your response has been outstanding. In our presentation we said that the funding of our church comes from YOU, the community of St John’s, and from nowhere else and that the solution was in your hands. You responded to that challenge with great generosity.
To offer our thanks seems inadequate and not really ours to give; we should all as a Church community give thanks to each other and for the God given gifts for which we are all stewards. By faith and commitment that community has been moved to respond according to our means and conscience.
You may recall that to eliminate a deficit by the end of 2013, whilst continuing to meet our missions commitments, we needed to raise £20,000 in ‘one off’ donations. We have actually received £32,000 a true reflection of what our church and faith means to each of us.
We also stated that to continue on an even keel (on a week by week basis) we needed to increase the all important ‘planned giving’ by £210/week. Once again the response has been good with an increase of £160/week. Sadly, this leaves us £50/week short of our target but we are hopeful that more people will continue to respond to the campaign in the coming weeks to allow us to meet our weekly target.
It is worth pointing out that it is the regular planned giving that is vital to our funding of our day to day expenses and to prevent us slipping back into deficit over the next few years. If anybody has not yet responded to our appeal your contributions are always welcome, it is never too late for you to submit instructions to your bank to make regular payments to St John’s. You may think back to what John Edwards said in his inspiring sermon on money and how we should prioritise it in our lives.
It is possible that you are new to St. John’s or for some inexplicable reason were not included in our mailing, perhaps, because you are not yet on the Electoral Roll. Please ask any of the Stewardship Committee or the Church Wardens for the necessary documents.
St John’s Church is truly grateful for the generosity, faith and commitment of everybody. With the confidence that comes with a little financial security we can now give thanks to God and continue to do his work in Crowthorne and beyond with a renewed vigour.
The Stewardship Committee