Responding in Grace
Our parish development programme was launched
in January 2007 and is ongoing.
We all receive so many blessings, practical
and spiritual, both directly from God and through our membership
of the Church, Christ's body here on earth. All that God gives
us is entirely undeserved. It is his generous gift.
Our response should mirror his generosity.
Meeting together to offer worship and thanksgiving is part of
that response. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with other
people is another. Using our particular gifts and abilities
in God's service and caring for our fellow human beings and
the world and all its resources is yet another.
The programme falls under three headings:
1. OUR CHURCHES
During past years we have carefully maintained
our buildings and grounds;
we have used our churches for worship,
concerts and recitals, educational and social activities;
and we have supported a variety of charitable causes in this
country and abroad.
We have continued this good work by
- substantially improving the heating
of Christ Church,
- setting our parish finances on
a more secure footing, and
- attempting to extend the pastoral
care offered by both our congregations to older people and
2. OUR CONTINUING CHALLENGE
To re-examine our commitment of our time,
our abilities and our resources to the life and work of our
Our giving of time, talents and money
helps to maintain our church buildings here - they are sacred
places dedicated to worship, prayer and witness, and service
to the community.
Our giving helps to maintain parish clergy
across the diocese and to train new ministers.
giving helps to maintain parish ministry; measured by every
sick person visited, every confirmation course run, every
school assembly taken, every bereaved family comforted, every
baptism celebrated, every sermon preached, every Eucharist
celebrated, and every person shown the love of Christ through
our care, comfort and compassion.
Our giving helps to maintain mission,
both here in our diocese of St Albans and overseas, for people
we may never meet but to whom we are able to give practical
support through our ministry of giving.
Achieving these aims and maintaining the
ministry of worship, witness, service and mission in our parish
is expensive and costs are continually rising.
But together we have substantially increased
our financial contributions and are meeting the £2000
per week needed.
We are rising to the ongoing challenge
and praying about our giving of time, abilities and financial
We are constantly reminding ourselves
20 people increasing
weekly giving by £2.00 brings £40.00 extra
17 people increasing weekly giving by £2.50 brings £42.50
18 people increasing weekly giving by £3.00 brings £54.00
16 people increasing weekly giving by £4.00 brings £64.00
10 people increasing weekly giving by £5.00 brings £50.00
10 people increasing weekly giving by £6.00 brings £60.00
this of a regular basis would match our needs.
When it comes to deciding how much money
to contribute to the life and work of our churches there is
no easy formula. Each person must make up their own mind. But
everyone is encouraged to
- increase their giving whenever possible
- join the planned giving schemes if they
- be sure to use the Gift Aid Scheme if
they pay income tax, and
- give a fixed % of income to fund our
parish work and wider ministry
3. OUR CHOICE
We can rise to the financial and personal challenges
that we face together, and encourage all church members to do
We can see the life and work of our parish falter through
lack of personal, practical and monetary resources.
Our programme of worship, education and
study, recreation and refreshment throughout the year is designed
to promote our aims.
You can find out more about 'Responding
in Grace', and how you might play your part, by contacting the
Parish Office and requesting a copy of our leaflet. Please leave
your your name and contact details with
The Parish Office, St
Mark's Church, Leggatts Way,
Watford , Herts. WD24 5NQ
Tel: 01923 681972
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