Church Finances & COVID19

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways and the loss of lives has been overwhelming. There has also been for many a loss of businesses, jobs and of livelihoods it is then no surprise that the charity sector has suffered too. The Church is not immune from the financial effects of the pandemic either and this is something we are worried about.

This year the income here at St Matthew’s and St Wilfrid’s  has been hit severely through the church being closed in lockdown,  Weddings & Christenings being understandably  postponed or cancelled, the loss of our Spring Fayre and now our two Christmas Fayres. 2020 has left us with a loss of income of over £15,000 meaning we are unable to meet all of our commitments.

We would like to ask all reading this if you would consider making a gift to support the work of your church in this most difficult of years, you may wish to make a one off gift, or a gift of the amount you may have spent at one of our Christmas Fayres, you may wish to set up a standing order to give regularly. You may already be a regular giver who might consider increasing that giving, inflation goes up year by year and and so does our expenditure.

As members of the Church of England, we share in the cost of offering ministry in every corner of the land. We use some of the  money given to maintain the beautiful church building that we have here in Silksworth as well as our ongoing maintenance and upgrading of the church yard. Clearly, the amount of work we are able to do in the community is limited by the amount of financial resources available. We would love that, as we pursue our vision as a church here in Doxford & Silksworth , we would not have to worry about whether we have sufficient money to cover all that we believe God has planned for us.

Our details are below. We know many are struggling at this time but please do prayerfully consider how you can support us at this time.

St Matthew’s and St Wilfrid’s Church PCC

Lloyds Bank

Sort Code 30-90-09

Account No. 50798868

Cheques can be made payable as above and sent to the Vicarage:

St Matthew’s Vicarage, Silksworth Road, Sunderland, SR3 2AA

David (Vicar)

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