Looking Back

Christmas and New Year The Christmas Market, despite a lack of footfall through the door on the day, was still a great success and raising over £3,000—thank you to all those who supported us!

The numbers attending church for Midnight Mass and Christmas morning were down on 2016 but as always the children’s service on Christmas Eve was packed out and there was a terrific atmosphere as we all shared the Christmas story together! People again responded generously to our various Christmas appeals; we sent £303 to the British Heart Foundation, £150 to ‘The Vine’, £130 to Malcolm Sargent Cancer Care for Children, £247 to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and £620 to the Children’s Society from the Alderwood Infant School Christingle Service, in all an amazing £1,450 was disbursed and so a very big Thank you to everyone on behalf of all these good causes!

Christmas Angels We distributed around 600 knitted angels around the parish. The young children love finding them so do the parents who put them on facebook (Rushmoor Christmas Angels).
Parish Share As predicted, we have been unable to pay all of our parish share to the Diocese for 2017, assessed at £59,129, we have only managed to pay £49,129, an underpayment of £10,000!This is largely because of Financial Protocols adopted by the PCC to make sure we have enough money to cover our own more immediate needs –not least the fact that it looks as though the Church Hall floor is going to have to be taken up and replaced yet again! This year we are meant to pay £60,283, whether we can raise that amount remains to be seen—we live in hope!