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Giving thanks at St Anne’s & St Peter’s
There is much to thank God for in our churches of St Anne’s and St Peter’s here in Marsh and Micklefield. We have; a wonderful ministry team who look after our spiritual needs and lead our varied worship services. Home Groups, Lets Cook, Alpha have all been set up through our churches and were well attended! Last spring, we held a successful plant sale and also raised a substantial amount at our Christmas bazaar for some new chairs in our churches. We are fortunate that we have kept both our churches in good order and recently replaced our boiler in St Peter’s after a couple of years of keeping it going with a lot of prayer! We have also kept good stewardship of our finances and paid our bills on time over the years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the generous financial support along with the valuable time you have given to St Anne’s & St Peter’s over the years.
Sadly, we, like many, find ourselves in very unusual times as both our churches have had to close until further notice. This means we are not only missing our Sunday worship, we are also missing Cuppas, Wow and our children’s group, Blast, who met regularly in St Peter’s. The Ladies Kickboxing Club and Numeracy Group is no longer able to hire St Peter’s during this time. St Anne’s will be missing the valuable outreach of our Mothers & Toddlers Group.
With all this in mind, we find ourselves in a challenging situation, in that we are unable to gather a substantial amount of our income through plate collections from both envelope and cash givers during our church services, our fund raising events (plant sale and Christmas Fayre) that were due to take place and rental we would have received from the use of St Peter’s.
Unfortunately, our expenses during this tricky time have not stopped. Our utility bills, insurance and clergy expenses, though reduced are still ongoing along with our commitment to the parish share, which we pay to support our paid clergy. As a standing committee we have calculated that our reduced outgoings still amount to the region of £2,700 per month. Our known direct bank income is in the region of £800 per month. As you will see this currently leaves us with a substantial shortfall.
How can I fundraise for St Anne's and St Peter's for free?
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How can I give on a regular basis?
So we have a really difficult "ask" of you. Would you either:
- consider changing your method of giving to standing order directly from your bank account to the St Anne's and St Peter's account? You will find the standing order form to send to your bank here. Please send to the bank, and send a copy to our treasurer details below.
- If you are unable to or are uncomfortable with this, are you able to send a cheque regularly?
If you are able to gift aid, as a tax payer, would you fill in the form here?
If you would like a standing order form, our bank details or are able to send a cheque please contact our Treasurer, Mrs H Turner, 215 Micklefield Road, High Wycombe, HP13 7HB Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0773 974 6353. This will enable us to meet our shortfall and continue our work during this very difficult time.
We cannot emphasise enough how important your giving is to the work of our churches and we thank you for giving this matter your prayerful consideration.
As always all donations made to our churches are kept confidential.
‘Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.' 1 Chronicles 29: 11,14