If you would like to read Rob's talk from the Stoke & Dunston gift day, which contains stuff from our vision as well as some of the thinking behind the way gift days work and how we can respond to God's generosity with ours, you can find it in the resources section.
For many years, all of us at Stoke Holy Cross and Dunston churches have contributed enormously generously to the cost of the ministry of our churches, without raising funds from any other sources. It is something really worth celebrating.
This year, the diocese asked us to pay almost £30,000 towards the cost of ministry in these parishes. Contrary to a lot of misunderstanding, giving of this kind from across Norfolk is the source of the vast majority of the diocese’s funding. Of course, we also have about £8,500 of other expense.
At the moment, we are expecting that your giving will produce a total income of over £31,000 this year. As you can see, this is only a little more than the total parish share we have been asked for this year. Given our current financial situation, we anticipate that we will only have about £1500 in reserve at the end of the year if we pay our full parish share, which is something the PCC would be very keen to do. We can only do this by giving just £1250 out of the £3000 we had set aside for charitable giving: we would love to give this amount in full as well.
What are we asking?
Our balance looks like being £1500
but we would like it to be £4000,
which is a difference of £2500
We have given to charity £1250
But we would like to give £3000
which is a difference of £1750
So we would need to raise a total of about £4250
to get our budget to that point at the end of this year.
Can you help us?
Between 20th November and the end of the month, we ask that you would send a gift either through our offering plate on a Sunday morning, using one of the special Gift Day envelopes, or direct to the treasurer, Henry Caswell. If you are a UK tax payer we can reclaim tax on your gift, as long as Henry has a signed declaration from you. And please pray with us, that in this and every way, God would do more amongst us than all we can ask or imagine.
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