Giving in Grace
A Stewardship Programme for the Parish
Giving in Grace is our practical approach to the challenge we all share as stewards of the Parish. Each of us is being called to reflect and to act upon and prayerfully reviewing our individual contribution to the life of our Parish. This is a call to each of us to Give in Grace in order to sustain our Parish financially and in its Ministry and Mission. This Church like all others needs money to pay the bills and moreover to do what we are here to do: the ministry and mission of God. The money that we need comes from the generous giving of parishioners….. of stewards….. it comes from each of us.
Our Parish ambition, is to grow our wider mission through increased ministry;
- to our children and our youth,
- to the elderly and through our care for the wider community, the bereaved and the sick,
- via our welcome to those coming for marriage and baptisms
- and our help for those in need, both at home and abroad.
In Pauline and Andrea, we have a strong, forward looking Ministry team that must be the envy of many a Parish. We have a large volunteer team all doing their bit to make the whole of our Parish work week in and week out – all are valued and more help is always welcomed.
The parish is currently in an interregnum. The Ministry Team: Rev. Pauline Taylor, Deacon;Canon Andrea Titterington, Licensed Lay Minister; June Eccles, Pastoral Assistant; Shelagh MacBride,Pastoral Care Assistant.
Planned, regular, Gift-Aided giving makes a big difference to parish finances. Converting from plategiving and envelope giving to planned giving, ideally by standing order, AND completing a ‘gift aid’form if eligible, will help to stabilise our income.
The cessation of services and special measures caused by the COVID-19 emergency, has had asignificant impact, but the parish still has bills to pay.
Giving in Grace is about our church, our Parish and our ministry and mission.
Giving in Grace is about our challenge and the choices we each make in our personal stewardship of our church in the widest sense of the word – the physical buildings and our care of them for future generations yes – but also, and more importantly our stewardship legacy – to work to ensure a strong, healthy and vibrant church community.
How can I help?
By doing the following 4 steps can make a difference:
- Prayerfully review your own personal giving to the church
- Complete and return the relevant form(s) to: Parish Office, Broadway, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9TE
- To optimise your giving, by ensuring that it is tax efficient through gift aid, if you are a tax payer
- We have recently registered to become part of the Give as you Live scheme
If you have any questions about Giving in Grace, Planned giving (standing order or blue envelope), Gift Aid or leaving a legacy then please contact Vicki Thornley, Parish Administrator on 01772 713880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A prayer of stewardship.
My parish is composed of people like me – I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly – if I am.
Its pews will be filled – if I help fill them.
It will do great work – if I work.
It will make generous gifts – if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship – if I invite and bring them in.
It will be a church of love and faith – if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be.