Giving to All Saints Lydiard Millicent

Stewardship Letter 2018/19 and looking to 2019/20

All Saints Church in the Parish of North West Swindon and Lydiard Millicent

Thank you for all you do in your giving.

It is wonderful when everything we need is provided for us.  The Lord’s Prayer has the words “give us this day our daily bread”.  When resources both financial and people’s promises of time come in, it’s great because it is so much easier to plan out how the vision and strategy of a Church may take shape effectively.  Could you please think of giving systematically, prayerfully, and generously, especially if you have not thought of this before?  Thank you if you already give.

The Diocese of Bristol’s Parish Share initiative for 2018/19 had three key points.  We are called to take responsibility, to give generously and to have faith.  What you and I give now can pay for ministry, with 180 Licenced Lay Ministers and others in training, and 180 Clergy and in 2017, 11 Vicars were appointed, and 13 people were sponsored for ordination across the Diocese.  We can help train ministers for the future, Lay and Ordained, support ministers and fund support for parishes and schools. This coming year we are being asked to give £61,500 to the Diocese.  Organisational costs increase each year with inflation, but so do the opportunities with exciting training going on across the Diocese.  An additional £1.6 million in Bristol Diocese is spent every year supporting parishes with over 20 training events for 4,000 people and supporting over 1,500 school teachers and 72 schools that serve over 15,000 children.  In September 2019 the Diocesan Academy Trust will be opening “the Deanery” one of the first new Church of England secondary schools in this Diocese.

I have seen the new Vicar of Wroughton and Wilchestowe, Phill, start his ministry and met Joel who is heading up the new Resource Pattern Church opened in 2019 next to the Outlet Shopping Centre.  I am happy for my tithe, given to All Saints and sent to the Diocese, to invest in new ventures such as these and the Christian witness of a new secondary School in Wilchestowe. Bishop Viv has started her ministry as the Bishop of Bristol.  Many people are discovering what her new leadership will bring.  Locally here, every Wednesday and Thursday, David, and I help take assemblies at Lydiard Millicent School and Ridgeway Farm School which is in Purton Parish.  At some point your money helped train both of us, and you only have to listen to Jill Mucklow’ s prayers and others input into our church’s life who have done the diocesan theological course, such as Judith Mumford, Jonathan Rose and Jill Winson to see what happens when people get equipped.  Every week bells get rung, people study the Bible together, people are fed at Cake Break, toddlers and families play at Millicent Minis, worship happens and people are taught through preaching and teaching, baptisms, weddings and funerals happen and are a way of meeting people at times of joy and sadness.  You add to the list! God’s Church is alive.

We want to do more.  We want the Church to be reordered so we can do more things mid-week and do what we do better on a Sunday.  We want to employ a Children's and Youth Worker, we want to see poorer parishes across the Diocese equipped, encouraged and enabled.  For a long time, Free Churches have known that what they give equals what they get in ministry. C of E central money is now being freed up for key missional projects, such as the new churches in Swindon, Bristol and Portsmouth.  To give is to engage in being missional. Seeing the Gospel take root and flourish in human lives.

Jesus talked more about money than he did about …. well almost anything else (other than God).  St Paul in 2 Corinthians: 8 to 10 tells the Church that as they give generously so it frees up resources that come back in blessings upon them.  We now have a Link Mission couple Daniel and Sarah Brito Medeiros who are training to go out to Brazil with CMS.  Generosity and giving needn’t be arduous, it can be fun and can involve us tapping into God’s worldwide spread of the Gospel.

As we give generously (in accordance with what we have) I believe God calls us to greatness, reflecting some of the hints of God’s majesty we heard about in our series on Revelation. God has done great things for All Saints; we see that in some of our services, in our growing evangelism, in our desire to see children’s work resourced and grow.  We see that in lives changed by God, by his healing power and as we gather and as we go out.

Response

If you can tell us how much you can give for the coming year 19/20 it helps Tina, our Treasurer, to know how to budget effectively.  Giving, however small your gift regularly really helps you, as it becomes part of your discipleship in Christ and it helps the Church

Tina allocates money to buildings work, to children’s and youth work, to the expenses of the Vicar, such as transport, telephone and admin resources and help with training as well as lots of other areas.  We also give about £8,000 to other organisations which we help to support.

Cake Break is self-financing, but things like Ignite and J Club, music for services and visiting speakers do mean payments, as does our cost of energy for the Church building.And over the next 2 years we have 3 major projects; New AV system,Roof appeal, and re-ordering

Please use the response form below to tell us how much you can give this year.  It really helps if you send back a response in even if you are not changing how much you might be giving.

Something you may not have thought of, whatever your age, is including All Saints in your Will.  If this interests you, we can help you.  Please do not go ahead with this without consultation.  Where Will gifts are made openly, and with the widest of possible uses left to the recipient, great things can happen through people’s generosity.

We will ensure that we treat any personal data we hold on you safely and lawfully. We will never share your personal data with anyone outside the church without your permission.  We have written a privacy notice which is on the board at back of church and on the Church website

http://allsaints-online.org.uk/gdpr/

Thank you as you consider how much you can give this year.  Thank you

Tudor.

 Revd Tudor Roberts, Vicar.

 

tudorandtricia@btinternet.com

01793 772417 or 07880 611337    www.allsaints-online.org.uk

 

Please fill in the response form. and return to Mrs Tina Wheeler, Treasurer, 49 Chestnut Springs, Lydiard Millicent, SN5 3NB

 

or Email tina.w.asc@gmail.com giving details of your commitment.

1.     I wish to give £................Per week/month/annum

 

2.     I will to continue to give in the same way as I do now: envelope/standing order

 

3.     I will give a one-off gift of £………….

 

4.     I am new to giving and wish to give £ …………. Per week/month/annum, please contact me to arrange this.

 

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Our Verse for the Church year 2019 to 2020 at All Saints Lydiard Millicent.

Verse for the year ending March 2020: 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Please use this verse to pray about how you might give this coming year.