Every year at Christ Church we hold a Gift Day. This is an opportunity for members of the church to give financially to the work of the church above and beyond their regular weekly or monthly giving. Financial giving is an important part of the Christian life and is seen as a response to God’s overwhelming generosity to us. What we give is representative of our gratitude, our priorities and our faith.
I’m pleased to say that the total received at this year’s Gift Day was over £7,500, a very good total in times which are financially difficult for many. This money will enable us to do some of the repairs that are urgently needed on our church building, without diverting funds from elsewhere.
We are still working towards the installation of toilets and a new entrance for the church building. Portsmouth City Council has granted planning permission for the project, but we do not yet have permission from the church authorities to proceed. We have an important meeting with the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches on 16th November. Please do pray for that meeting. The delay in gaining this approval means that our hope of commencing the work in 2015 will not be achieved, but we hope to be able to move forward early in 2016. We do not yet have all the finance in place for the project, so please do not stop your giving!
On the subject of financial giving, next year we will be joining the Parish Giving Scheme. This is a mechanism to simplify the process of giving to the church. It will make life a lot easier for our treasurer (Jacqui) and, if you pay tax, for our Gift Aid Secretary (Roger), and will improve the cash flow of the church, by making the Gift Aid tax rebate (the money we get given by the Government) available sooner. This is not necessarily about giving more, but rather about giving in a way that helps the church more, so when you hear about it, please do sign up.
“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Rev. Andy Wilson