Dear EFP church folk,
Firstly, thank you for your understanding and for the kind words of thanks to Dawn last weekend, when I was sick. I will email tomorrow about this Sunday.
Life for us all continues to be more 'up-hill' due to the pandemic. So this may seem a jarring time to raise money matters (as I've done in the parish magazine). But the pandemic is also the reason for doing so. For rather like an earthquake, the pandemic has altered the landscape of many things, including finances for charities and churches, including our own.
We have thankfully found new ways as churches in the pandemic to thrive spiritually and serve others. But usual fund-raising events, normally a vital part of our income stream, have not been possible. We are all realising that life is not quickly springing back to the 'old normal’, and this by necessity includes Sunday worship patterns. Our weekly videos supplement our church-based worship, but there’s no collection plate!
I am hugely grateful, along with the PCCs, to all who generously support our churches - practically, financially, or in prayer.
For those for whom finances are tight… please ignore what follows.
For those of you for whom this is less so… and who may feel you would like to support the church financially more, or more regularly -
- If you don’t already use the excellent ‘Parish Giving Scheme’ for regular giving, this may be good moment to start doing so.
- Parishes benefit from the PGS by increased cash flow, and reduced administration. Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. You can choose to increase your gift annually in line with inflation. You can choose to give anonymously. It is easy to set up.
- Regular gifts by other means, and one-off gifts, are all equally appreciated.
Just contact - in confidence if you wish - one of the PCC Treasurers, a warden or PCC member.
Thank you for reading. We’re a community together in this, as in everything. Whatever our circumstances, may God gladden all of our hearts.
Take care and God bless,