Under normal circumstances the most recent edition of The Villager would have carried with it a Gift Day envelope. Each year we hold a Gift Day on Pentecost Sunday, the day the Church celebrates its ‘birth’ and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In recent years we have outlined a particular project and have been grateful for the generosity of members of the community which has helped us toward these projects. This year, under the current circumstances, it has not been possible to send out the envelopes but the gifts and generosity are particularly important. We have no specific projects lined up at this time that we would ask people to support, however, like many others we have seen a dramatic fall in income over the past 2 months but with continued regular outgoings. We still have utilities to pay, insurances to pay and the parish offer (our contribution towards the cost of ministry both now and in the future). Our parish offer this year alone is just short of £45,000 and we would obviously hope to meet this obligation, as well as everything else, by the end of the year.
At present we have no clear indication of when we will be able to use our churches or church hall to their full capacity again but we are clear that we do want them to be there as a central part of the life of our community and to be able to continue serve the people of Seaton and Camerton and share the good news of Jesus Christ with you.
With this in mind I would like to think that we can still have our Annual Gift Day, which this year would be on Sunday 31st May, with the specific purpose of ensuring that we are in a position to still offer all the things that our churches stand for – Sunday worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals and community outreach and fellowship. Please make a note of the date and if you are able to offer a ‘gift’ contribution it would be greatly appreciated.
I am saddened that I won’t be able to sit in St Paul’s to receive contributions and talk with those who call in this year, but hope that people will still find a way to help.
Gift contributions can be placed in envelopes and sent to The Vicarage or can be made by direct bank transfer with bank details available on request.
May I thank you for taking the time to read this and for your continued support, and, in advance, for any support you may feel able to offer this year.

God Bless.

Rev Ian