Treasurer's note

This is always a great time of year for me as the frantic business of finalising the 2018 accounts and having them examined by an independent accountant is over and done with. Even better, the Church meeting on 31 March agreed them, and the report on our activities in the church in 2018. The final report will be on the website soon but if you want a printed copy please let me know.

The year turned out satisfactorily in financial terms (though what Treasurer wouldn’t want to see it looking stronger?) and I want to thank all those regular worshippers at the Church and occasional users of our services who make financial contributions towards our routine costs. Our estimated day to day running costs in 2019, quite apart from regular and emergency maintenance and improvements, are around 250 pounds per day, and every pound donated (especially when the giver lets us add Gift Aid) is hugely valued.

On top of this, several people have been immensely generous in supporting our new Refugee Welfare Fund – huge thanks for this. If you want to know more please ask me or Wilf, our Church Secretary.

We will be asking, too, for support for Christian Aid Week, which runs from 12 to 18 May with the title "No mums should die in childbirth". We will have offering envelopes at the services on 12 and 19 May. I also have a some copies of a 7-day devotional booklet, with stories and ideas for reflection and prayer on the problems facing women in countries where health clinics are few, health training and hygiene can be limited and the experience of childbirth therefore often frightening and associated with illness and bereavement. The booklet offers Christian Aid’s positive responses to these challenges. Let me know if you would like to have a copy.

There is a group going from Heath Street to Stratford (E15, not Warwickshire) on the afternoon of 6 July for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s hugely enjoyable Noyes’s Fludde. We still have some tickets at 32 pounds each. Let me know if you are interested.

With love and best wishes,

Gaynor


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