Giving to All Saints Lydiard Millicent

Stewardship Letter for All Saints Church Lydiard Millicent October 2016

John Wesley said “As soon as I have money I give part of it away lest it gets a hold on me”. He also said “It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.”

It might annoy us sometimes, but in the Bible there is a lot said about money, generosity, selfishness, giving, holding back, hospitality, sacrificial giving. God’s provision, poverty, contentment, riches and how the love of money, not money itself is at the root of all evil. The Church today talks a lot about lots of things, but Jesus spent time talking about money and so did Paul! When St Paul writes to the Church in Rome he talks about taking a gift of money to the Church in Jerusalem (Romans 15:15) and prays it may be “favourably received by the Lord’s people there”.

Charity is really important and part of our giving to All Saints goes to MAF who fly mercy flights, in the name of Jesus across the Globe. To CPAS who help train Church leaders and do brilliant camps for children, and to CMS who equip the worldwide Church. In all our giving of 1st importance is that we have love, generosity and a heart for the “Lord’s people”. Of course through Tear Fund, Christian Aid, and Food bank, our giving may go to people of many faiths or none.

So why should giving be of first importance to the Lord’s people? Simply because all through the bible and all through Church History we are called uniquely to support our brother and sisters in Christ. Through our Church Parish share which goes to Bristol diocese we are being asked to: "Take responsibility, be generous, and have faith.”

At All Saints, that means that we see ourselves as making connections, that we are part of something bigger. In practice that might mean our money can help children’s work in Dorcan and Parks and Walcott. That it might help train leaders in South Bristol and equip rural churches north of Chippenham to reach out to young and old in the villages.

It’s the DCC’s hope that those with few resources and those with lots of resources will all see how exciting it can to be a to be a part of what God is doing.

Recently I went down to Soul Survivor, Shepton Mallet. Over 100 young people from Bristol, Bath and Wells, and Salisbury Dioceses had combined to give young people, including some of ours, a combined experience of a wonderful Church Youth event. For me that was a glowing example of happens when the Church combines money, people and the love of God to see lives changed. My invite through this letter is for you to renew your part in that challenge.

Would you please prayerfully consider how you can give, or increase your giving' to All Saints Church and therefore outwards towards Bristol Diocese and the World.

Thank you

Tudor     Revd. Tudor Roberts October 2016

In mission together. Not only do we give to Bristol Diocese, and the wider Church, part of our contribution to the mission costs of the Diocese, we have our own costs for the maintenance of our Church building, for teaching the Christian faith and for reaching out through Mission.  Of course, part of what we pay to the Diocese goes to help pay for 70 plus Church schools and safeguarding responsibilities, training ordained and lay ministers, the admin cost of running a large diocese, clergy housing, our Archdeacon, mission initiatives and much more. Tudor and Tricia have both attended training that they have found helpful, so have many involved in children’s work and being a churchwarden. In a sense we are all in mission together, diocese and local Church, with the same clear aim of declaring the Glory of God and mirroring Christ’s love through who we, are what we teach and how we care. Pop into cake break, and the youth group, and both have grown, into Millicent Minis and there are lots of people, for assemblies and Religious Education, we now go into 4 schools. Locally we want to expand what we do on every front from baptism to old age, from evangelism to discipleship, from helping young children to pastoring the old, and here, so you are informed and for the sake of clarity is a summary of our costs over the last year:

Parish Share #                                                                  £54,000

Ministerial Costs                                                               £3,454

Organists and visiting speakers                                        £1,430

Printing, publicity, admin, licences                                    £1,745

Utilities, repairs, equipment, maintenance                        £9,151

Church groups                                                                  £3,669

Charity giving                                                                     £6,900

#Parish share is our Parish’s freely given contribution to the work of God’s kingdom in Bristol Diocese

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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

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