Dear Church Family,
I am writing to you to say a heartfelt thank you for all the support you have given to the life of our church, particularly during the recent difficult months of the Coronavirus pandemic. Your backing, in so many ways, has made a huge difference to the work we have been able to do in our community over the last 2 years as well as keeping the parish churches up and running.
As we continue to return to more regular and usual practices, we are also finding that a lot of the habits developed during the 2020 lockdowns are still with us. This has meant that we now have greater commitments in terms of staffing, volunteer ministry and due to recent increases in inflation: bigger bills! As we enter this next phase it is likely that some of the support our church has received may not continue as organisations and individuals feel the impact of the removal of furlough funding and the potential for companies to flounder and even close, resulting in redundancies.
As The Daily Bread Café has grown, we are now delighted to employ Revd Lisa Whymark as our Community Outreach Worker – something we could only dream of three years ago when Lisa started her training. On top of this commitment, we need to consider our church buildings as they both require regular expenditure on upkeep. We have recently redecorated the church hall at St Peter’s, but a recent assessment of the organ at All Saints has revealed that it requires some expensive maintenance, costing around £10,000, to prolong its life as an vital part of the worship and celebration there.
Moreover, we are also asked to contribute to the Diocese of Chelmsford to help pay for clergy and housing and training costs. This is known as our “Quota” and the amount we are required to pay for this year is £75,082.
To do all that God is calling us to do, we are reviewing our finances, income and expenditure, and would ask for your help. Please would you give prayerful consideration to the following suggestions:
This parish has recently signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) which we are able to do as members of the Diocese of Chelmsford. The PGS is a national scheme which is run at no cost to parishes or donors and which carries out the work involved in collecting donations and claiming any associated Gift Aid, if appropriate, all of which is paid to the parish in a regular and timely manner. Some members of our Parochial Church Council have already signed up to the PGS and it has been found to run smoothly and efficiently. If you could consider using this method to make your donations via direct debit, more information and how to sign up can be found at parishgiving.org.uk, and by entering the code 080608206. The correct name for our parish on this site is "Hutton All Saints with St Peters". Simply enter your details, setup the Direct Debit and the rest is done for you. PGS also allows you to cancel or amend your giving at any time. We would encourage as many of you as possible to use this way of giving.