St MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HAWKSHEAD
A form for giving to the church, which can be printed, can be found
What does St Michael’s Church mean to you?
A regular place of worship and prayer?
A place for baptisms, weddings and funerals?
A building of history and beauty, enjoyed by visitors and locals?
A haven of quiet in a busy world?
Whichever of these matters to you, to keep it so we need your support and we are launching this Stewardship Campaign.
WHAT WE DO
Our mission tries to reach out to all – to those who live here and to our many visitors.
A church building which is open every day from early morning until dusk;
A regular schedule of services and a Sunday School;
A ministry led by the Vicar but including others to support the housebound and all who seek comfort and support in distress;
Outreach to the wider community in our Music for a Summer’s Evening concerts and involvement in village events such as Hawkshead Show and the Christmas Fair;
The Link, as a community source of information.
Our church depends almost entirely for its income on the generosity of those who give: we are extremely grateful to those who support us already financially and by giving of their time and energy.
But from time to time, the church needs to review its needs and we are therefore now writing to all households in the parish
– permanent residents, weekend residents and non-resident owners of holiday accommodation - to seek your support for St Michael’s and its work
WHAT IT COSTS
The full accounts for the last financial year are posted on the noticeboard in the church. In 2011, St Michael’s outgoings were almost £70,000.
Over £34,000 went to the Diocese for clergy pay, housing and pensions, and to train and develop new clergy.
About £14,000 went on running the building and the churchyard – heat, light, insurance, upkeep – and a further £4,000 on repairs and improvements
(keeping in order a mediaeval building does not come cheap). Administration and related
expenses, including provision of The Link, took another £9,000. The £5,000 shown as
“Charitable Giving”. is money raised at concerts and collections at funerals and other
special services specifically for wider charitable purposes.
Our income in 2011 was just under £59,000, leaving a shortfall of just over £10,000 to
be met from our modest reserves. We cannot sustain this in the long term. We are also
currently addressing the architect’s five-yearly report on the state of the church building
and we shall need to carry out some expensive repairs, particularly to the roof and
walls of the tower.
Contrary to popular belief, Church of England parishes enjoy no funding from
organisations such as the Church Commissioners or even the government: Hawkshead
Church, like any other, has to pay its own way.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are therefore launching this Stewardship Campaign with the objective of increasing
the giving made to the church. We hope that you will feel able to make a regular
commitment. Even if you do not live full-time in the parish, we hope that you will think
that the church has an important role to play in making Hawkshead a living community
which is attractive to visitors. Please consider
If you already contribute on a regular basis, increasing your contribution;
If you are able to do so, contributing on a regular basis;
Making a one-off donation;
Leaving a legacy to the church in your will.
For all UK taxpayers, we hope very much that you will be able to Gift Aid your
contribution which enables us (at no cost to you) to increase its value by 25%.
If you are able help in any of these ways, please print and complete the form you find
Thank you for taking time to read this letter.
For the Parochial Church Council of St Michael’s, Hawkshead