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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

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Churchwarden’s Letter for February 2020



As I write this it seems such a short time ago that Andy and Kath left us but it is now just over three months. It has been a very busy and interesting time!


Firstly, thanks to everybody who worked so hard to complete our parish profile. They were up against a very short and totally unexpected deadline but managed to produce what I hope you agree is a true and accurate picture of who we are at St David’s, what we do and what we would like to do in the future. I hope that we are all praying that this and the advertisements will help to find the incumbent that God has already chosen to come here and that we have the wisdom to recognise him or her. I feel that, even if the right person presents themselves for interview in March, we are unlikely to have anyone in place before the late summer at the earliest. Personally I feel that the time between now and then is an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better as we all work together to keep our church a united body in Christ for our new minister.


Christmas at St David’s was, in my opinion, a truly wonderful time. Thanks to the hard work of the worship team, choir, music group and organists our services seemed to flow without any problems and we had some wonderful times of worship celebrating our Lord’s birth and telling his story to all we met. And the church was decorated beautifully with flowers and candles. We welcomed schools for their carol services and they are very appreciative of what we do. Social, outreach and fundraising times were excellent too with the Pastoral Link evening, Sing Christmas at the Lady Jane and the November Market. Thank you to everybody who helped in any way.


We ended Christmastide with our Epiphany services where we reflected on the journey of the Magi and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. All were very precious and expensive gifts and they came bearing the very best that they could offer. This inevitably leads on to the questions of what do WE offer and do we give and serve to the best of OUR ability? Our Thanksgiving Sunday will be on March 8th; a service where we pledge to give the very best of our time, talents and treasure.


As Mary and I prepared the service rotas this week we were struck by how much is done by fewer people as time goes on. This month several people have had to step down through no fault of their own from roles they have undertaken for a long time and we thank them for their service. However, to date we have had no one come forward with offers of help to fill the growing number of gaps we have in our volunteer roles.  We need sidesmen, readers, welcomers, people to serve refreshments to name but a few gaps. Our services wouldn’t flow as they do without people in place to do these jobs. Can YOU help with this?


You will be pleased to know that we can present a balanced budget at our annual meeting. However, our reserves - although they look healthy compared to a household budget - are constantly being eroded.  The replacement of the lead on the roof has taken its toll despite the generous donations and the cost of a roof alarm was significant. Repairs have been made to the hall roof and the large hall needs a new floor as does the small hall – both are great assets to our church and our community and contribute to our income.

 

Everything we do, whether it be the services we put on, our role in the community, our contribution to the diocese (which goes towards the cost of our vicar), the bills we have to pay and the upkeep of the buildings is paid for by the income we generate from our generous giving and fundraising events. This is the time of year to pray about and consider our financial giving. Everything we have comes from God and we should all be giving some back to promote his kingdom, each to their own means. As you reflect on what you can offer be assured that anything you feel you can give, however great or small, is welcomed and the 'widow's mite' is appreciated as much as any other donation. So please reflect on your gold, frankincense and myrrh and offer your best to the Lord.


Our thoughts are very much being focused on Lent and Easter now. We will start Lent as usual with a Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes service on the evening of Ash Wednesday 26th February.

I finish with another thank you. Paul and I are so grateful for your prayers, encouragement and messages of support. Please keep this up!


Yours in Christ


Chris