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 launched 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. We invited everyone to a Stewardship Service, and told them a pack would be available for them.
It snowed on Sunday 18 March, so sadly the attendance was less than on a normal Sunday – but the worship and warmth (and cake) made up for it. The sermon Peter preached is attached here – stewardship sermon
At this service we handed everyone an envelope with various leaflets, and a response card. (All of these are on the “Letter and brochures” tab). The uncollected envelopes were then delivered.
We asked people to respond over the Easter period, and on Sunday 15 April were able to announce that we are on a firm financial basis – we calculated that the pledged increase is £136 a week. Over the next few months, as pledges came together and money came through, it got even better – at the July PCC meeting we were told the figure is about £190 per week increased giving. This is marvellous – and we are so grateful. We wrote a thank you letter to all those who had responded.
We value your continuing 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.