An important message from the Vicar of the Beacon Parish
I am writing to inform you about our financial situation in the Parish as we are currently running at a deficit of between £3000 - £5000 a month.
Last year, we highlighted this shortfall at a number of stewardship presentations. Little did we know then that all church services would be suspended worsening our finances with the loss of collections on Sundays and at weddings and funerals. Our outgoings have not decreased (although we are currently getting government support for 80% of our youth worker Gary’s salary as he is furloughed and unable to run groups or work in the school).
My message to you is simple. We need people to give or we will be facing serious financial difficulties.
Now the good news. There is a new Parish Giving Scheme Telephone Service that makes giving extremely straightforward. I have attached a PDF document just below that you can click on and it will give you all the details, but in short, what it tells you, is to phone 0333 002 1271 to speak to a real person. A very helpful administrator will guide you through setting up your giving. Alternatively you can phone just to hear about the scheme. If you already use the Parish Giving Scheme they will also help you to change your giving. When you call, say that you are from the Parish of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston. They will ask you for our parish code which is: 10-2040229.
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is used by every diocese across the country and one of its main advantages to us is that it automatically claims back 25% Gift Aid on your giving to the parish. So, if, for example, you give £100, the parish automatically receives £125 (providing you are paying at least that amount of tax).
Our financial shortfall is extremely serious, but it is not insurmountable if each of us is prepared to be more generous,
so please give serious consideration to your giving.
If you would like to know more details about our finances then Mark Moody-Stuart, our treasurer, would be very pleased
to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01273 846525.
With every blessing
Parish Giving Scheme information