Stewardship pledges support the lives of our Churches at Minchinhampton and Box

Dear Reader,

Have you considered a stewardship pledge to our churches?

If you give already, THANK YOU. 200 of us contribute on a regular monthly basis. What you give pays for the life of our church and means that the buildings are available to the whole parish whenever anyone wants to use them. Most parishioners will have entered the buildings to celebrate new births or the marriages of family and friends or to say thank you for the life of a loved one. Many come to the celebrations of other festivals at Easter, Christmas, as well as regularly throughout the year.

In October we will be making our individual pledges for this next year, which really helps the churches to budget and plan the use of resources effectively. If you don’t give yet, how about making a pledge to give for the next 12 months?
Most of those who give, do so through a monthly direct payment into the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Pat Swift, our Recorder, would be delighted to help you set one up. It’s just as easy as setting up other direct monthly payments (E.g. Energy Usage, memberships, council tax) and just like those you can stop payments at any time if you need to.

Our Parish’s church life costs £3,000 a week. That is £156,000 a year for our churches to provide what they do and to contribute to needs elsewhere.
If you would be prepared to join the PGS scheme, please contact Pat Swift at the address given at the foot of this letter and he will help you to set up your contribution.

Thank you for all that you may have given already, Thank you for reading this letter, Thank you for thinking of our life together in this community,

Helen Bailey, Rector

Tim Mowat, Chairman, Stewardship Committee

Pat Swift – Recorder: Forwood House, Minchinhampton, GL6 9AB
Tel:01453-885231

Stewardship 2016/2017

Stewardship Prayer

God of love, Give us grace to accept your gifts joyfully
And to use them generously to your glory and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Please consider what you give

We need to finance our church life, whether that is work with families and young people, pastoral care within the community, for the resources we use in worship and for the clergy team. That’s what Stewardship Giving funds.
Please do not confuse Stewardship Giving with Giving to the Appeal that Holy Trinity will be making to you to raise funds to pay for the challenge of refurbishing Holy Trinity church.

Both are important and both deerve your consideration this year.

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Legacy - The Past and the Future

THE PAST

Our churches have a rich heritage. In Minchinhampton, Holy Trinity dates back to the twelfth century. It has shared the horrors of the Black Death (no fewer than four of our 50 Rectors held office in that terrible year of 1349), survived the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries. A Victorian reordering in 1842 effectively rebuilt the church. There have been many improvements since then, all funded by the generosity of parishioners. The organ is a typical example: built in 1887, enlarged in 1922 and 1937, refurbished in 1969, and a complete overhaul in 1984. Without legacies received, this could not have been accomplished.

St Barnabas Church in Box also has a special history. The current Arts and Crafts building – purportedly the first to be built after WW2 – replaced the corrugated iron Mission Church of the 1800s, thanks to the donations given on a special Gift Aid Day in 1951, when the Rector, Canon Rex Hodson, sat in church until there was enough for building work to begin!

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