We have just come through very challenging times and hopefully life here can begin to return to normal. Now though as you will be aware, new and more worrying developments are happening on our doorstep in eastern Europe. We are living through times where so much that is familiar appears to be changing or under threat and yet we have the comfort of believing in a God who is always present, even in the darkest times. It has been good to hear stories from across the Diocese of how people are living and telling the story of Jesus as they work within their communities to support one other and those in need. We can give generously in so many ways, through time, skills and money and they all make a difference in the lives of our communities. Thank you for your faithfulness in all that you are doing.
For some right now, money may feel like the least important thing, but for others, where income has reduced or disappeared, money may be an urgent concern. Where we have the means to do so, we could look for sensitive ways to bring blessing and relief to those who are suffering in this way.
Our churches, who rely on regular giving, are experiencing similar concerns about how they meet the costs of the ministry and mission they provide and ensure that the church is secure for the future. Because of the very real challenges that people are experiencing, the financial support our churches receive has reduced very significantly whilst our buildings remain closed.
You might also like to help those in need in our community and as a result we have resurrected ‘The Barnabas Fund.’ This is a fund through which anyone might give a donation for the benefit and encouragement of those in need in our community.
The usual ways in which we have given financially in the past are also changing but there are alternatives that you might like to explore if you are able:-
Giving by a regular Standing Order is by far the best way to support our churches if this is possible for you. It means the church knows what its regular gifts are, and they can plan their work accordingly and be more confident about covering the costs that enable the church to function (ministry, utilities, maintenance and other projects). You can also give individual donations to our churches or The Barnabas Fund direct from your bank account, or by using a debit / credit card via our online donations pages.
Giving by cash or cheque is always appreciated. However, if you are able to change the way you give to your church to either Standing Order or Online Payments, this would have a very positive impact and reduce the stress and potentially difficult decisions that may ensue for your PCC.