Giving to All Saints Lydiard Millicent

Giving, Generosity, and Greatness, Stewardship Letter 2017/18 All Saints Church.

If you want to properly insure a car it costs money, if you want to go on holiday in Florida it costs money, if you want to see a play in London it costs money. We pay for our children’s sports, and our elderly parent’s nursing care, we pay for the dentist and the solicitor and the cinema and our energy provider, but we walk into Church and there is no set fee! If you so wish, its free (sort of). But most of us are now aware that Church costs, that in years gone by were funded by Glebe land or the central Church, are now paid entirely by us, you and me! We are the mighty investors in an amazing venture, the Church on earth. So…THANK YOU for what you gave last year it really made a difference.

The Diocese of Bristol’s Parish Share initiative for 2017 has 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 100 paid Vicars across the Diocese, 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 over £57,670 to the Diocese of Bristol. In addition, All Saints needs an income of £31,500.

In August, I witnessed the Revd Sally Robertson being inducted as Vicar of North Swindon at a service in Tadpole Farm C of E Primary School. I am happy for my tithe, given to All Saints and sent to the Diocese, to invest in new ventures such as Sally’s new ministry in North Swindon and the Christian witness of a new school. Not all Diocesan events fill me with joy! But I came back enthused about a service that involved young people, and the hopes of families and older people jammed into a school, thrilled to have a new Vicar who loves and knows God. Every Wednesday and Thursday Tricia, 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 all three of us, and you only have to listen to Jill Mucklow’ s prayers and others who have done the diocesan theological course to see what happens when people get equipped.

We want to do more. We want the Church to be reordered so we can do more things mid-week. We want to employ a Youth Worker or pioneer Children’s 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. There is no magic box of money from Church House London, although central money is now being freed up for key missional projects.

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. As one who benefited enormously from people’s generosity for me in my sabbatical in the USA I know what generosity does, it builds faith and gives hope for new things yet to be done in God’s strength and power.

As we give generously (in accordance with what we have) I believe God calls us to greatness not mediocrity. God has done great things for All Saints; we see that in some of our services, in our growing Youth work, 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.

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

Tudor Roberts, Vicar.

 

Response

If you can tell us how much you can give for the coming year it helps Tina our Treasurer to know how to budget effectively.

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 approx £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 Building.

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 thing can happen through peoples generosity.  More details are available from the following website:   www.churchlegacy.org.uk

 

Please fill in the response form. and return to Mrs Tina Wheeler, Treasurer, 49 Chestnut Springs, Lydiard Millicent, SN5 3NB for 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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for more information on how to give to All Saints Church LM on this website go to 

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