Thank you for your generosity

The new year is often a time to reflect on the year that has past. Whilst there is much we would rather forget, there is also a lot we should celebrate. Here is a list of just some of the fantastic things we have been able to do thanks to ordinary people like you and me giving of our time, money and skills to support our church.

Here at St John’s we believe that serving our community and giving generously is an important part of our faith, not least because we rely on contributions to help us pay our bills and we want to be here in Shirley for future generations. We also believe that God gave us everything we have, so by being generous with what we have been entrusted with, is an important act of faith.

What has God blessed you with? Could you contribute this to God’s mission here at St Johns? Contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

We will remember them

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Bob, a server at St Johns and his wife Francis have for many years played at our Remembrance service at St John’s. Like many others they have found a different way of doing it this year!

How will you help?

It costs nearly £10,000 a month for us to do God’s work in this place …..

Could you become a new donor and set up a standing order or if you currently give this way, could you increase your current giving? We are grateful to those few members of St John’s who have already taken this step.

Thank you to everyone who has helped St. Johns financially and through gifting their time and talents through the Covid-19 crisis in recent months. It is appreciated that in many cases this cannot have been easy. Your generosity has been received with sincere thanks and has been vital to keeping our church alive and flourishing.

It was reported to the PCC last month, however, that from January we anticipate our expenditure may well exceed our income by as much as £3,500 a month. Repairs to the spire last year mean we no longer have any reserves to absorb future shortfalls so clearly this is unsustainable unless we do something about it now. We are actively working on ways to raise funds and cut expenditure, but we also need your help.

Our Giving page has further information and explains the ways you can choose to support our church. If you are able to help or need any further information please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We are hopeful that together we can close ‘the gap’ in our finances and ensure that we can continue God’s work in these challenging times.

Thank you for your continued support,

Rev Lu Gale (Vicar), Chris Nelson (Treasurer) and Janet Martin (Gift Aid Secretary)

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