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Vicar’s Blog 24th March

Vicar’s Blog 24th March

The Vicarage
24th March 2019
Dear Friends
This week I want to update you on the results (so far) of our gift day and financial challenge for 2019.

So far we have raised an additional £8,325 in monthly pledged giving for 2019, from a mixture of increased pledges, and new people joining our giving scheme. In addition, the gift day has raised £26,000, from over 50 different donations. I know that a few people are probably still intending to adjust their planned giving, or to give to the gift day, but that means that we have raised an additional £34,325 this year, against our ‘budget strive’ of £40,000 (£20,000 planned giving and £20,000 gift day).

This means we can do a number of things.

First, of course, we can give thanks for God’s goodness and the generosity of his people. these are significant sums of money, and so we give thanks to God for enabling us to have, and to be generous, to be part of the gift of giving.

Second, those of us who are still planning to change our monthly giving, or to give a one off gift, still have the opportunity to do so. It would be wonderful to fully meet the target of £40,000 that we set out in January.

Third we can pray for the right person to be appointed as our trainee minister. I have begun sending the advert out, and we will look to appoint for September 2019. Pray for those who might see the advert, to get excited about the possibilities. Pray for the right man for the job, who will be able to be come and join us. Pray for us as a church as we adjust to a new staff member, and as we begin the exciting journey of new ministry which that entails.

Pray on, and keep giving thanks.

Yours in Christ,

James