Giving During Lockdown: Churches running at loss of £100 – £300 per week!
Each of our churches are blessed with generous givers who contribute to the life, worship and outreach of our churches. Receiving no external funding means that we rely on this generosity, and on fundraising activities such as fetes and concerts to keep our churches active in the local community.
During lockdown we have been unable to hold these extra events. We have also not been able to hold services, baptisms or weddings, where open-plate collections contribute substantially to our income.
This income is spent on ministry costs, building costs (insurance etc) and our outreach to support charities and local people. We have cut costs as much as we are able to, for example by furloughing workers, however currently each of our churches have outgoings of between £100-£300 A WEEK more than we receive.
We realise that some people are struggling financially because of the pandemic, and we do not want to add more pressure on to you. However, we are also aware that many people are not spending as much as they were: on coffees, petrol, haircuts etc
If you are one of these people, would you consider offering some of what you have saved to the life and ministry of your local church, or the church to which you are connected?
We have tried to make it as easy as possible to donate during this time, for example Breinton Church is trialling a new way of giving here: Give a one off donation to St Michael’s, Breinton or here: Give to St Michael’s through your shopping
The other churches will follow soon.
If you would like to find out the BACS number for your local church, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or please send us a cheque made out to ‘the church to which you want to donate PCC’, for example “St Nicholas’ PCC”
Many thanks for your generosity, it is greatly appreciated.
Take care, stay safe and God Bless. June 2020
Generosity in the West Hereford Team
What does it mean to be generous? It’s a question that as Christians we ask ourselves all the time. It’s a question that we ask each other a great deal as well – in fact we are called to live and to be as Christ-like as we can and to mirror the abundant generosity of God.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
Living our lives with Christ at the heart of them means that we are able to be generous with our love, our time and our money; we are generous with whatever gifts that God has given us.
For some those are gifts time, of simply being with somebody when they need us most. For others it could be the gift of being able to do a weekly shop for our neighbour who can’t get out very much any more. All of us have the spark of Christ within us that compels us to be as generous – and without limit in that generosity – as God is when He gives us the Spirit.
If you feel that you are able to offer your gifts to the parishes of the West Hereford Team in any way, we would love to hear from you. Use the Contact Us page to drop us a note and we’ll be in touch.
If you’d like to make a financial gift to any of the parishes in the team that would also be very welcome. You can do that in a number of different ways. If you’d like to give a one-off gift you can do so via cheque, cash or electronic transfer – get in touch with the team office to arrange that.
If you’d like to set up regular giving we can help you set up a standing order – contact us to receive a form.
Finally we want to thank you for your huge generosity. Without the generosity of the people of our parishes we would not be able to support so many people, we would not be able to hold the hands of those who need us most, and we would not be able to praise and worship Jesus. Your love for Christ knows no bounds.