Join us on October 6th at 11 am for our harvest festival service, and then:
GIFT DAY - SATURDAY OCTOBER 19th, 10am -4pm
St Michael’s Church Gift Day
Many of you will have had first-hand experience of services at St Michael’s, whether at weddings, Christenings, school or uniform events, concerts, Lent lunches, Sunday school/Sunday worship or possibly to pay your respects at someone’s passing.
In many ways your church is the heart of this village community, serving its people since time immemorial. Please help us to keep it open and thriving. You may be aware that many churches (especially rural ones like St Michael’s) are closing as the congregations struggle to find the necessary funding. Currently St Michael’s needs to find £25,000 a year just to keep functioning! Any building, repair or maintenance work must be funded in addition to that. We recently repaired/rebuilt the wall that passes along the foot of the cemetery at a cost of £3,000. I’m sure you’ll agree that when laying a loved one to rest, people don’t want to be confronted with a wall in ruins.
This is just one of the many funding challenges we face. So we have decided (after several years’ silence) to hold a Gift Day. The church will be open on Saturday 19th October from 10am to 4pm and we look forward to greeting you and receiving your generous donation. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a contribution, please send a cheque payable to Thorpe le Soken PCC to our Treasurer, Alan Byford at Lynwood, St Michael’s Rd, Thorpe le Soken, CO16 0EN or make a simple transfer to our Account Number 56553463 Sort Code 60 06 06. If you’re a tax payer don’t forget to Gift Aid it by including your full name and address!
There will be a display in the church detailing some of the projects your money will help with. Every contribution will help us keep the church open and in beautiful repair. Your support is deeply appreciated as we go through our interregnum till a new priest is appointed to replace Fr Jeremy
Thank you and God bless
Jane Rosier and Marjorie Colebourne