For the last few years St Matthew’s has managed to have a bigger figure in the “Expenditure” box than in the “Income” box – and that can’t go on for ever. We are a lively church and a growing church, and need to take some concerted action to improve our financial position. We need an increase in giving of £173 a week, i.e. £9000 a year.

On Sunday 18 March 2018 we launch a Stewardship Campaign. We have been talking about it in the magazine for several months, the position has been explained to the Parochial Church Council, we had a Lent Course based on the subject of stewardship, and we have worked with David Meredith at the Diocese to look at giving and finance.

We wrote to every PCC member, to everyone who is on the Electoral Roll, all those who are regular attenders, all those who are already regular givers, all those who come to Kids’ Church, all those married here since Peter arrived, and all those families who have come for Baptism in the last year, and invited them to this service.

Peter’s sermon preached on 18 March will be attached here.

At this service we will hand everyone an envelope with various leaflets, and a response card. (All of these will be on the “Letter and brochures” tab early next week).

We have asked people to respond over the Easter period, and on Sunday 15 April hope we can announce that we are on a firm financial basis.

We value your prayers and support. This is the Prayer we are using:


Christ has no body now but yours

No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.

Yours are the eyes with which he sees,

Yours are the feet with which he walks,

Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.

The prayer of St Teresa of Avila


Lord, bless us and your church,

may we celebrate your love,

and respond to your call

to share that love with all. Amen.

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