Stewardship Sunday & Parish Lunch – 17 June 2018
Every year, at this time, our parish community pauses to take stock of our life and mission with a focus on stewardship, in particular stewardship of our money.
In its broadest meaning our stewardship decisions engage the whole of life: ‘For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.’ (1 Chron 29.14)
At the very heart of Christian stewardship is the inestimable gift of our life in Christ, that is, our faith. St Paul puts it well; ‘we are ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4.1).
The funding of our parish life and mission comes from seven sources:
1. Regular sacrificial giving by parishioners. This is our bread and butter and will be the focus of Stewardship Sunday
2. Fundraising events and our hospitality ministry through retreats
3. Parishioner donations for items, projects and needs over and above their regular giving, often given anonymously
4. Donations and fees from pastoral services
5. Rents and hall hire
6. Occasionally the Parish will successfully apply for a community grant
7. Over the years the parish has been fortunate enough to receive some generous bequests and one-off cash gifts. Two such gifts, in accordance with the donors’ intentions, are currently supporting our deficit budget as we move into our new future as ‘one parish-one mission-with two worship centres’.
More details on our finances will be provided on the day.
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that we are here purely through the volunteer effort and sacrificial giving of parishioners.
On behalf the members of the Parish Council I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for contribution you make to the life and mission of our parish.
Peter Martin (Vicar on behalf of Parish Council)