Supporting the Five Parishes
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES IS A REGISTERED CHARITY
Their mission statement is:
"The Friends of the Five Parishes is a registered charity dedicated to help preserve the fabric of the church buildings of Broxted, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton in good order for future generations".
The Friends have been held up as a model of excellence for parishes wishing to start their own Friend's group. Currently, there are over 120 active members.
Fundraising activities include:-
- membership subscriptions
- the sale of merchandise
- the 50% club monthly draw
- and other fundraising activities.
Since 2011 a Thanksgiving Service has been held in September with a notable speaker and refreshments afterwards.
The Friends have given over £88,000 in grants to our four churches and are expecting requests for still more as work continues in the churches during the coming months.
Chairman Warwick Newbury and members of the Executive Committee thank everyone for their continued support.
The Annual General Meeting
This event takes place in May each year when everyone is welcome to come along to hear how The Friends have fared during the past year, to enjoy some goodwill with other friends and refreshments. Non members are always welcome but only members may vote.
The Annual Service of Thanksgiving
The service takes place at 11am on a Sunday in September.
Future Events planned by The Friends
Details of these and other events are always to be found in The Five Parishes Magazine.
The Friends 50% Club
This fundraising event operates from September to August, each person taking part paying £1 per month entry fee.
A draw is held in church on the last Sunday of each month, half the proceeds going to the winner and the balance (less some minor expenses) to The Friends.
This provides on-going valuable income to The Friends and some fun for the participants!
Contact the secretary on 01371 876707 or by Email and she will put you in touch with the organiser. The Draw is registered with Uttlesford District Council.
GIVING TO SUPPORT THE WORK AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
How do we get the money we need?
The ministry in The Five Parishes is funded by:-
- those who attend church services
- The Countess of Warwick’s Show (www.countessofwarwickshow.org)
- The Friends of the Five Parishes
- occasional one-off donations
- and investment income.
A small portion of our income comes from wedding and funeral fees and legacies.
- The Bible tells us to be generous in our giving to the Lord,
- to be organised in the way that we give.
The work of the Churches is greatly helped in managing it finances by knowing that a large proportion of its money is given regularly and systematically. Planned giving helps us to know how much is coming in so that we can pay the monthly bills.
How can I give?
There are a number of ways in which people can give systematically:
- Envelope schemes
- Bank Standing Order
- Make a Gift Aid Declaration
- Company matched giving
- Give as you earn
WHATEVER YOU GIVE IS OF GREAT WORTH TO GOD AND HIS CHURCH.
Thank you for supporting our work.
What do we do with the money we receive?
Every parish contributes an assigned amount of money each month to the Diocese. Our current standing order is £3,653.60 each month. Then of course there are the household bills – heating, lighting, water rates, insurance, maintenance and ministerial expenses.
The Christian Church also has a responsibility under God to support the wider work of the church. Our Parish gives regularly to such charities as USPG, The Children’s Society, the Diocesan Bishop’s Lent Appeal, Christian Aid and others. Support is also given to overseas children via ActionAid and Compassion UK.
As the local Great Easton Primary School is a Church School we have always supported the school by making an annual financial gift to their work. In addition we pay for the distribution of bibles to those who leave the school from year 6.
Nothing offers so practical a test of our love for Jesus or for others as does our attitude to money and possessions...
The world asks how much we own. Jesus asks how we use it
The world thinks more of getting. Jesus thinks more of giving
The world asks what we give. Jesus asks how we give
The former thinks of an amount. The latter thinks of the motive
People ask how much we give. The Bible asks how much we keep!
The church teaches that 'All things come from God, and of his own do we give him'
Thank you for thinking and praying about what you can give back to God.