7th February

Andy’s Update

On Sunday 3rdMarch we will be having our Gift Day.  Firstly, I want to thank you all for your financial contribution to the life of the church; your giving is vital to the ongoing life of the church. Although there is a perception that churches receive money from outside sources, we are actually completely self-funding, covering the cost of ministry (my stipend, running costs of the vicarage, training of clergy and future clergy) as well as all the additional costs that come with running and maintaining the church building. While we are profoundly grateful for the income generated through hall rental, the vast majority comes from your support. Secondly, I would like to appeal for your help.  At the time of writing, it is forecast that our expenditure will exceed income by £6,000 and we are asking you to review your giving and see if together we can bridge the gap.  If we all contribute, then this funding gap can be met easily – for example, if, 25 church members increase their giving by £2 a week, 15 by £3 a week and 6 by £4 a week, we would have a balanced budget. Every member of the church family should receive a pack of information explaining the challenge we face in more detail as well as a leaflet showing how you can respond.  Please, please, read it. Please prayerfully consider how you can help us meet the challenge ahead of us.  This isn’t simply an issue of supporting the church in the present and ensuring that the thriving ministry for all ages that happens throughout the week, from Christopher Robin to Craft Group, Youth Group to Coffee, Cake and Communion, as well on Sundays, but it’s also about helping to ensure that there is a vibrant Christian presence in Allesley Park and Whoberley in the years to come. We’re called to be generous; may we give in faith, knowing and trusting that “my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).

Bible Verse of the Month

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

(Luke 4:18-19)

 Weekly Prayer Guide

Growing in God

How is God calling you to respond to the Gift Day appeal? How can your life be characterised by generosity in the way that you give financially as well as in your gifts and time?

Loving each other

Pray for those who are ill or bereaved.  Are there those who are alone, whom you could call and/or visit? How could we show love to those who are isolated and lonely?

Serving our community

Give thanks for the Coventry Winter Night Shelter, sustained by many volunteers from churches in the city. It is a life-changing project that helps people living on the streets to cope during the winter nights whilst also helping them to move off the streets. Pray for those to whom it ministers.