I’m sure like me, you’ve been quietly thinking how the church (along with so many other organisations), is coping financially during this time of pandemic. Well – here is the reality and I for one am really worried. We should be so grateful to our Churchwardens and Treasurers for doing the tough work of bringing it to our attention and also helping us to make a positive and life giving response for the sake of the continued witness of the church in our communities. Please read and respond to their letter.

In faith and urgency
Jonathan, Rector.

To all the church family,

We really appreciate and are grateful for those who have offered to send us their normal collection giving while the church is closed.

We have had a very disappointing response for our request to consider the very effective Parish Giving Scheme, especially as it can now be done by telephone. Just to put you in the picture – we, in the Benefice, are at least £3600 a month short now that our churches are closed. While we pray the lockdown will not continue for much longer, the reality of our demographic is that we will not be able to gather together as full congregations for months. This could go on until the end of 2020.

The truth is our three churches are more than financially vulnerable, we will all be in the RED in a matter of months. We have had to make some painful decisions in regard to cost cutting and furloughing staff; we ask for your prayers and any practical ways you can help.

The good news is that we have now set up a way to give that is simple and direct. You can use it  now to make one off donations, or donate week by week. The details are below.

The financial future of your parish church has never been more precarious.

Please give what you can as soon as you can.

Assuring you of our prayers and in grateful anticipation

Stella, Nigel, Jane, Maggi, Susan, Dick and Katie

The Church Wardens and Treasurers of West Wittering, Birdham and Itchenor

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