‘Everything comes from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you.’
(1 Chronicles 29: 14)
Our parish simply could not run without the time, energy and financial support of its members. Thank you indeed to everyone who already supports us in one of these ways. People have a range of skills and gifts and at varying times of their lives are able to offer different amounts of time and energy to parish life. Similarly, people’s financial commitments change throughout their lives. However large or small, all contributions are valued and appreciated.
Canon Peter Seal has preached about his own discomfort when as a young curate he was asked to make a commitment to regular financial giving. The priest training him suggested that he become a regular giver, and Peter now testifies to the fact that making out a monthly standing order changed his life. His commitment to his faith was taken to a new and deeper level.
Each year we are asked to review our giving and consider whether we can afford to increase it. Sometimes it is said that ‘the last part of us to be converted is our bank account’. Giving on a regular basis is particularly helpful, because it means the parish can plan for the future. If you’re willing to become a regular giver, or want to review what you already give, please set up a standing order from your bank account or use a numbered envelope. If you are a taxpayer, please complete a gift aid declaration as well. Click here to request forms. For more information, please contact the parish stewardship secretary, Tim Stannard, by e-mail or ring 01962 855871. Anything you discuss will be treated in confidence. Although Canon Peter Seal knows who gives regularly so he can send thank-you letters, he makes a point of not knowing how much any individual gives.