Legacies save the day
To date the Coastal Group have always paid their Parish Share in full, seeing it as a priority to pay the cost of one full-time minister and associated support.
This has not been easy. I remember in December one year a parishioner had a book stall at the end of her drive to raise the last £50 needed.
Countless cakes have been baked, fêtes and coffee mornings held, and raffle tickets folded.
In the past, parishes have also helped others out if they have been in a position to do so. This year none of this has been possible.
At each PCC meeting, the financial situation of the diocese has been discussed.
Two PCCs had been fortunate to receive unrestricted legacies and were able to pay the Parish Share in full straight away. For one parish, this money had previously been earmarked for a kitchen project, but the PCC understood that ministry is what we are here for.
Other PCCs have since followed suit where they are able, and we are encouraging giving by standing order.
Many have commented during lockdown that they have enjoyed the break from fundraising over the summer. As an area popular with tourists, summer is our busiest time, and although opportunities to bring together the wider community are important, we hope to try redress the balance going forward.
I am privileged to work with such committed and dedicated people who are prepared to give sacrificially in this way.
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