November Stewardship letter
We are writing to thank you for your continued financial support of St Anne’s during this difficult and uncertain year. Despite the many difficulties the Corona pandemic has brought upon us, we have done our best to maintain contacts and the fellowship of our congregation. However, we are sure we all look forward with great longing to a return to what we used to regard as normal.
St Anne’s, like many organisations, has suffered significant financial losses during the year. As reported at our recent Annual Meeting, the lack of income during the pandemic from, for example, Church Centre hire, collections and wedding fees, means that we are currently facing an annual deficit of around £14,000 for 2020 and we anticipate further difficulties next year. This is in spite of a number of generous individual donations for which we are very grateful. Deficits mean that our reserves become progressively depleted.
We are now writing to everyone on our News Sheet distribution list to ask whether you might be able to make some additional contributions to offset our financial difficulties. These could take different forms. It could be a one-off donation, or you might feel able to make a longer commitment by increasing your regular stewardship contribution (by Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer). If you are not already a member of our Stewardship Programme, we would encourage you to join by committing to a regular contribution to St Anne’s. There are a number of different ways in which contributions can be made and these are summarised below. It would already be of great help if every household on our planned giving would increase their weekly contribution by the value of a bottle of wine!
We appreciate that the pandemic has affected some people’s finances quite severely and that not all of our members may feel able to respond at this time. On the other hand, the effect of lockdown has meant that many of us have been prevented from taking planned holidays, having meals out and travelling as much as usual, perhaps leaving us with more money in our accounts than we were expecting. You might like to consider sharing some of this “windfall” with St Anne’s as we seek to ensure our financial future.
We ask you to consider prayerfully how you might respond to this appeal. The PCC will be grateful for any help you can provide at this difficult time.
The Ministry Team and Steering Group.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Treasurer, David Perry, who will be pleased to help.
Phone: 01276 474167