125 Years


The Feast Day of St Michael and All Angels
this year marks the 125th Anniversary of the
breaking of the sod for the construction of this church building

Those who worked then to bring the project to fruition obviously had a purpose and a vision for the church – a place where God’s people could come together, and in today’s terms,
to pray, to serve and to grow.

This Harvest, we will be celebrating God's Goodness in two particular ways:-

Firstly, as ever, by bringing our non-perishable produce on Harvest Festival (1 October) to support the Women’s Refuge in Salisbury.

Secondly, by considering what we are thankful for in the life of our church.  You are invited to consider making a freewill thank-offering in recognition of God’s goodness to us in this place as we seek to continue mission and ministry here to existing and future generations. 

Please do consider this prayerfully.

You will see a display board in church from today, and you are invited to write down one thing you are thankful for in the life of the church. These will form part of the Harvest Thanksgiving Service on 1 October.  There must be 125 reasons at least to be thankful!

When considering what to give it might be fun to play around with the numbers 1, 2 and 5 to come up with an amount!

Over the past years, we have managed a break-even position at the end of each financial year, but we have always needed to do additional fundraising.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the regular outgoings of the church were
met by our regular giving?

Perhaps then our fundraising could be directed towards other purposes – our mission and outreach, supporting charities, and providing for the ongoing development of our vision in ways yet to be revealed by God.

After some debate at recent PCC meetings members decided that we should make plans for a Stewardship Renewal Campaign next year (rather than this year) but invite people to make a thanksgiving offering as part of a Gift Day this year. Money given will go into the General Fund and the PCC will be asked next week to allocate a charity or charities to receive 10% of whatever is given. Details of that choice will be given in the notices once the decision has been made.

By all means make any suggestions of potential charities to me or any member of the PCC.

Thank you.  Suzanne