Stewardship Campaign 2019
OUR TREASURE - OUR TIME - OUR TALENTS
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is what we do to manage something that has been placed under our responsibility. The Bible teaches that a steward is someone who can be trusted to care for things that are important or dear to their master.
Stewardship includes wise management of our treasure, time, and talents so that we can use these things in service of the Lord for the benefit of others.
Exercising faithful stewardship demonstrates our love for God and our neighbour.
Please consider how you use your treasure, time and talents in the service of your master?
It’s not just about money. We need volunteers to give their time and talents for all sorts of things. You won’t be turned away!
We don’t get government support – we rely on the generous donations of our supporters. In 2018 our congregation gave £42,973, including the tax we got back from Gift Aid.
Other income of £45,845 came from hall hire and rental income, fees, our fundraising and so on.
Our expenses were £119,033. Over half of this was to cover the clergy costs and our contribution to the Diocese of Guildford central costs, but it also includes what we spent on heat and light, insurance, staff costs, and repairs to the buildings and equipment.
Our costs are rising. Our income is going down. It needs to grow by 30%, so that we can do essential and urgent repair work to the church.
Please increase your giving, if you can. We’re asking everyone to have a good think about it and let us know their decision.
Rev Gilbert Heathcote and his wife Clara spent a lot of money, time and effort to rebuild St. Peter’s church in 1868, so that it would be big enough to seat all the people of the parish of Ash. Thanks to their extraordinary generosity, we have enough room for everyone for the annual Christingle service 150 years later.
But this is not about the history . . . .
St. Peter’s is a living church, a community that supports people in the milestone moments of their lives, including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Indeed, generations of families have enjoyed these special time with us here at St. Peter’s. And it’s about our support to others who need our help and our prayers. We also need to think about our responsibility to future generations, and make provision for them to enjoy the benefits we have had.
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9 v7.
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