Martin's Message, Mar 2017

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A Message from the Stewardship Team

We would like to thank you for supporting St Peter’s by your financial giving and by giving of your time and talents. Your gifts allow St Peter’s to remain at the heart of the village of Hersham.

In October last year, the Stewardship Team asked you to consider your regular giving to help maintain the financial viability of our church. We highlighted that with our total income being less than our total outgoings our overall deficit was over £260 per week. We are very grateful to those members of our Planned Giving Scheme who generously responded with increases to regular giving totalling almost £16 per week.

Overall however, during the course of 2016, there was a drop in total regular income due to the number Planned Giving members who either moved away or, sadly, passed away. 2017 began with 112 members regularly giving £1440 per week, down almost £200 per week compared to the same time last year. As we seek new members of our Planned Giving Scheme we must hope that other sources of income (such as the expanded use of Vauxmead) will help to close some of this gap.

If you would like to know more about our Planned Giving Scheme please pick up a leaflet from the end of the pew or speak to any member of the Stewardship team (Hugh Bourne, Julia Collingburn, David Gay, Missy Hughes or martin Fletcher).

Thank you again for all that you do to support our Church.

 

Resources to help us observe a ‘holy Lent’

As well as joining a Home Group do please consider what you will be giving up for Lent – or taking on! (and remember, our acts of self-discipline are meant to be bringing us closer to God…). What ‘Lent Book’ have you chosen for this year? And which good cause will you be supporting, for example with the money you save through your own chosen form of ‘fasting’? 

Please be sure to pick up a leaflet detailing the Bishop of Guildford’s ‘Lent Challenge 2017’ (Transforming Lent) or Christian Aid’s ‘Count Your Blessings 2017’ (When I needed a neighbour, were you there). 

 

The Kingdom by R. S. Thomas

It’s a long way off but inside it

There are quite different things going on:

Festivals at which the poor man

Is king and the consumptive is

Healed; mirrors in which the blind look

At themselves and love looks at them

Back; and industry is for mending

The bent bones and the minds fractured

By life.  It’s a long way off, but to get

There takes no time and admission

Is free, if you will purge yourself

Of desire, and present yourself with

Your need only and the simple offering

Of your faith, green as a leaf.

 

 

…Martin