Dear all

On Sunday 31st January we are having an opportunity for you to think and pray about your financial commitment to the vision and mission of St Andrew’s Church for the coming year. As we look back on 2020 and the effects of the pandemic, we recognise how difficult this has been in so many different ways.

During 2020, one of the many challenges we faced as a church was to our financial income. Facing a likely deficit, we took a number of measures to mitigate this, including using the Government furlough initiative and saving costs where we could. We also received some generous donations from church members to help support others who were struggling. Because of much hard work behind the scenes, the furlough scheme and the generosity of the church family, we are delighted to say that we have ended the year with a small surplus of approx. £8,000. If you would like to see more details of our financial situation you can find this here.

Over the coming few months, as we begin to emerge from this pandemic, we will need to rebuild our church family life, our mission, our relationships and community work. It will involve rethinking how we do things in light of our shared experience over the last year and outworking the vision to be a Resource Church to our town.

As we look forward to 2021, we do face a number of challenges. Our ongoing regular giving was depleted when we sent out the team to SMG over a year ago and we have also seen a number of families move away from the area. So, we do need to increase our regular giving.

Our vision as a church has always included a ministry to families and children, and since Liz Webber stepped down from this role in November 2020, we have not had a Children and Families Pastor, so we do need to increase our income to be able to appoint someone to this role later this year.

As part of this rebuilding process, we are asking you to look at your own personal commitment to St Andrew’s and what your financial giving might look like for 2021. For some, you may have experienced redundancy, the loss of your business or seen significant depletion in your income. Others may have found that you have actually seen your financial health increase due to reduced expenditure.

With this in mind, we want to use the biblical principal we read in 2 Corinthians 8 where those who had much were able to support those who had little. So, some of you may need to reduce your commitment to St Andrew’s over the coming year. Others of you may be able to increase your giving either through your regular ongoing giving or in a one-off gift.

Could we encourage you to pray, look at your own financial position and then respond as God leads you? Please complete the Commitment Day Response form, that you can find and complete online here, by 6th February 2021.

Thank you again for your continued support and encouragement as we look to follow God’s leading as a church over the coming year.

With our love and God’s blessing
Simon and Debbie