Although we don’t yet have the finalised picture of our annual accounts for last year, the initial calculations show that St John’s church account made a deficit of around £33,000 and our church hall account a deficit of around £10,000. At this time we don’t have the position for the St Mary’s church account.
Some of the reasons for these can easily be understood – no collections or envelopes during lockdown and, when we were in our buildings there, of course, had to be fewer people in the congregation. We were unable to have a Summer Fair and Easter and Christmas services were online. The church hall was closed on 23 March 2020 and most groups have been unable to use the hall since then (and are unlikely to until after Easter or possibly after September 2021). Only the Pre-School have been in the hall since September but since then we have also had to substantially increase (by around 67%) the cleaning of the hall – hence increased costs.
We are so grateful to all those who have been able to maintain their Standing Orders without which the figures would have been around £30,000 worse. In the light of all these aspects we would ask you to consider reviewing your giving to the church if you feel able. For those who use online banking you can make any adjustments to your regular giving yourself online. Details of Standing Order forms can be obtained by emailing me, Brian Grumbridge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We realise that for some people, their financial position will have changed radically and they may not be able to contribute as much or any more. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many. Nonetheless, thank you for taking the time to read this and for considering your giving.
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