By the time you read this copy of the parish magazine you will have been made aware of various financial needs we have at Holy Trinity. I first wrote about this in the May magazine. The PCC has since met to discuss the current situation and I am pleased to be able to outline the situation in this letter.
There are a number of one-off projects (including painting the church and the hall; new blinds for the hall; a projector upgrade and a new laptop for worship; the cost of setting up the church office and moving the main lights in church) which will cost us around £5,350. Our church family finances also need reviewing. We have enjoyed small surpluses in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but had a deficit in 2012 of £2,500 and we face a larger deficit of £5,800 in 2013.
We will be holding a giving day on 14th and 21st July. I want to encourage you to pray. Although we live in one of Britain’s poorest parishes, we know the God who made the universe. He has every single resource in his hands. God is rich and generous and he encourages generosity amongst his people. He loves us to ask him for things. And God loves to direct resources into his church to support mission in the name of his beloved Son, Jesus. It will be through prayer that the resources we need are released as we pray for the people of our parish and make Christ known to all. Money follows mission and mission must always be covered in prayer.
In order to help you to pray appropriately, I want to point to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. The Apostle praises the Corinthian Christians for their generous support of mission because their gifts result in men and women thanking God for Jesus:
through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
(2 Cor 9:11-13).
The Corinthians’ generosity resulted in thanksgiving to God by men and women who had come to Christ for themselves. The Corinthians longed to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others and this resulted in them giving generously to support mission in his name.
Giving to mission is one of the most obvious ways we can show our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to see others share in his love. It is by putting our money where our hearts are that people see what is valuable to us. As we value Jesus as our crucified Saviour and risen Lord, and we give to support mission in his name, people will see how valuable the good news of the forgiveness of sins is to us and come to share in it.
Will you pray with me about mission and money? Pray that as we value Christ more and more that we will want others to know him as we do. Pray that we will see greater and greater generosity, which reflects our love of Christ, to support mission both in our parish and to the rest of the world. Will you come to the gift days on 14th and 21st July prepared to see God working and to be open to playing your part in generous giving?
With love and blessings