St Paul’s Covid-19 Finance Appeal Letter

St Paul’s Covid-19 Finance Appeal:  A Letter to Church Members

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Dear friend,

May we begin by assuring you of our thoughts and prayers during this unprecedented and difficult time. We are sure you understand that the closing of church buildings has been a necessary step to try and ensure the safety and health of our community. However, the Church is much more than just the building and we continue to serve the community.  While St Paul’s Church and Community Centre remain closed, we continue to be a very active church. We are making Sunday services available on our YouTube channel and streaming Morning and Evening Prayer live each day; we are available to take prayer requests by phone and email; and we continue to offer pastoral support over the phone and have set up a ‘Coronavirus Angels’ project through which our volunteers help with shopping and delivery of food, supplies and medicines for those in isolation.

Like many charities and small businesses, the coronavirus pandemic is causing our church some financial challenges. Although we are currently unable to meet for public worship, the majority of our costs remain the same: such as building insurance, contributing towards the cost of our clergy, music, communications and certain maintenance costs.

In all times, normal and exceptional, our church can only remain solvent as long as it is financed by the people who come to our church. Consequently a large part of our income relies on donations received weekly and monthly from standing orders, on the plate and in weekly gift envelopes. As we are not meeting for church services at the moment, any gift that is normally offered through the plate is not being received as usual. Hiring out the Community Centre and church is also a significant source of income for St Paul’s which is being adversely affected by the closures.

In light of this:

1.  If you already give from your bank account and can afford to maintain your gift during this time we would be enormously grateful. Additionally if you have not reviewed your giving recently and would like to increase your gift that would help us greatly.

2.  If your normal practice is to give cash or envelopes on the plate we would like to ask you to consider moving your giving to a standing order payment. By doing this you will help us to secure our income during this difficult time and into the future.  Please use this link to our Standing Order Mandate Form (here) which you can fill in and post to your bank. Alternatively, you can also set this up directly using internet banking and our details are:

NatWest Bank
PCC St Pauls Wimbledon Park
Sort code: 60-20-09
Account number: 41649990

You can also fill in our Gift Aid Declaration Form (click on the link here) and return it to us to increase the value of your gift by 25 percent if you are a UK taxpayer.

3.  If internet banking is not possible for you, then a regular cheque payable to St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside PCC could be sent to St Paul’s Treasurer at 108 Augustus Road SW19 6ER.

4.  If you are someone whose finances have been negatively affected by coronavirus then we understand that you may not be able to do these things now, and that you may need to give less for a while.

It is at times like this that we are reminded that God measures the value of our giving, not by the number, but by what is found in our hearts. Regardless of the pounds and pence you give in response to this letter we are thankful for all those who are giving regularly, generously and cheerfully towards the ministry, mission and fabric of our church.

If your life is difficult because of coronavirus, then please let us know by contacting Revd Susan at revsusan@stpaulsparkside.org.uk or phone 020 8788 2024 so that the church can offer accompaniment and prayer for you. There may not be public worship currently but we are still the church, God is still God, and God is with us, now and always.

With every blessing,

Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge

Margaret Brown, Churchwarden

Bob Essert, Churchwarden