A message from the churchwardens of Whittington Parish Church

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Whittington is a small village with a large and active parish church.  The Parish Church has three Sunday services every month, and extra services throughout the year for Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter.

The church is there for weddings and for christenings as well as funerals.  With multiple events every month, and links to other churches in the area, the Parish Church is one of the most active organisations in the village.

Whittington Parochial Church Council (‘the PCC’) is responsible for looking after the church. We have just completed a renewal of the heating system. Five new radiators – unobtrusive but powerful – add to the system that was already in place, and a new efficient gas boiler powers the whole system. The work has cost just over £20,000. It means that our church building – both beautiful and practical – can continue to serve the village as an active parish church for many years to come.

Whittington PCC has decided not to ask for contributions towards the new heating system. The parish is fortunate in inheriting a historic Building Fabric Fund which the PCC was able to use for this purpose. Unfortunately this fund is restricted and can be used only for costs associated with the fabric of the building. To meet day-to-day running costs, the PCC is wholly dependent on current contributions. What the church really needs to secure its future is not single donations for specific purposes but ongoing support month by month, so that the church can continue strong through this generation and into the next and the next.

Regular monthly giving from within the village provides more than half the Parish Church’s income – and the security needed to plan from year to year.  People give between £5 per month and over £100 per month – equivalent to between £60 per year and over £1,000 per year. Most opt for between £10 and £30 per month.

We are enormously grateful to all those who help maintain Whittington Parish Church as an active parish church at the heart of village life – whether by attending regularly, or by contributing financially, or by helping to clean and maintain the building and the churchyard.

The numbers
These are the main costs, and sources of income, for Whittington Parish Church.

Main costs Per year                         £ approx     

Insurance                                              £2,400

Heat and light                                     £1,400

Routine maintenance                    £1,700 (average over the last five years)

Church of England –                        £10,000
our contribution towards
the cost of the clergy
(training, housing,
stipends, pensions),
and the ongoing life of
the local, regional and
national Church of
England of which we
are a part

Everything else                               £500
Total                                                     £16,000

Income per year                            £ approx

Direct local giving by                  £6,100
banker’s order
Sunday service collection       £2,000
plate
Gift Aid tax reclaimed from   £2,000
HMRC
Weddings and funerals            £1,000 (average over last five years)
Miscellaneous                              £3,000
donations & fundraising

Total                                                   £14,100

Shortfall                                            £1,900
The collections in church at many of the largest events each year are donated
directly to other charities.  All the collections at our Christmas Services go to outside charities – look out for details of this year’s charities in December’s Wagtail magazine.

We do not receive any income from the government or the national church – all the above costs are met locally, and all the listed income is local income. The national church’s historic assets are substantial, but the income from them is now committed almost entirely to clergy pensions, with the small remainder being targeted at supporting the life of the church in areas of significant poverty.

Prayer of Saint Augustine
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till
they find their rest in you. Pour your love into our hearts, and draw us to
yourself, and so bring us at last to that heavenly city where we shall see you
face to face.

Whittington parish church
Sunday Service
The 9.30am Sunday service sets you up for the week ahead, with hymns,
prayers and readings, and refreshments served afterwards at about 10.10am.
Open All Week
Church is open daily for your own prayers and times of silence.
We open up early, and lock up around dusk.
A Community Effort
You can take a turn in giving and arranging flowers, cutting the grass,
cleaning and polishing, or helping with occasional jobs on the building or
outside, whether or not you come to the Sunday service.
At the Heart of Village Life
The generosity of those who have given so much in the past means that there
is still a fully active Parish Church right here in the village. It is served by both
a vicar and a curate, and can call on the services of the bishop and the
diocese, fulfilling its role as part of the national church.
Secure for the future
Monthly giving from within the village provides almost half of the Parish
Church’s income – and the security needed to plan from year to year. People
give between £5 and over £100 per month, with most opting for between £10
and £30 per month.
It would make a huge difference
• if more people joined the scheme at any level, and
• if everyone in the scheme reviewed their level of giving.
Five pounds per week would be £21.65 per month.
We do not receive any income from the government or the national church.  All our costs – for our work and for our building – are met locally, and all our income is local income. To set up your regular donation, or to make a one-off donation, you can visit your bank branch, or use online, mobile or telephone banking, to set up a payment to the Whittington PCC account 01-04-81 83241760.

If you include your address as the reference, the treasurer will contact you
about Gift Aid, which increases the value of your donation by 25%.

Your contribution will help to ensure that the church remains active at the
heart of village life now and into the future.

Thankyou – the churchwardens
Barbara Atkinson 72816
Judith Greenwood judithgrnw@hotmail.com 73055

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