In this year of the pandemic we may have to think more carefully about what we are thankful for. There might be a loud booming voice in our heads which says that this year of all years, we need to complain to God about what we don’t have. And yet, is there a smaller, truer voice asking us to look at the precious things we haven’t lost (friends, family, community?) or maybe the things we’ve gained (time, rest, perspective?). I hope you and those you live with can find ways to be thankful to God and generous to others, reflected in how you use your time, skills and finances this coming year. Why not start by making a harvest donation to our foodbank (collected in the porch of St John’s) which goes to support those facing hardship in Hounslow?
At Harvest time, I would encourage our regular church members to review their financial giving into church, one of the main ways we practically live out our stated thankfulness to God. Setting up a standing order is the easiest way for many to ensure they give regularly, and this also helps the church leadership budget and plan financially. Please contact Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org), our treasurer, if you plan to make changes to your giving, or if you prefer a form to set up Standing Order by hand. For those who use online banking our bank details are: PCC of St John’s, Sort Code: 20-42-73, Acc: 60709522. In our buildings it will be possible to give into the collection by cash, cheque (payable to “St John’s PCC”) or with Gift Aid envelopes. It is also now possible to donate online via https://sjsm.churchsuite.com/donate. You can also give through your smartphone by texting 07380 307 800. Your message should start SJSM then for a one off gift type “give” followed by the amount e.g: “SJSM give £20” and for a monthly donation type “give” followed by the amount/m e.g: “SJSM give £50/m” A huge thank you to everyone for your generosity shown in so many ways.