***GIFT DAY*** 26.11.2017 – Under 5 and Families Outreach Minister – PLEASE READ!

GIFT DAY – SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

To find out HOW and WHY you should consider giving towards this important appeal please read our information leaflet by clicking the link below.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION LEAFLET HERE WHICH INCLUDES A PLEDGE FORM AND GIFT AID INFORMATION

 

WHY DO WE NEED THIS POST?

There are more demands on the time of Mandy, the Children’s and Youth Minister, including the vital work of safeguarding. We no longer have Sheila Samuels, in charge of outreach ministry to adults and children, including Messy Church and Holiday Club. The Parish of Walton on Thames has 26,000 people with 18% of the population under 14.

WHAT VALUE WILL THE UNDER 5’S AND FAMILIES OUTREACH MINISTER ADD?

1 Young Families 
Working closely with Caroline, our curate in charge of Toddler Praise, this would increase our capacity to provide groups for toddlers. We also want to pastor young families, recognising the pressures on families with young children and create a supportive network of parents.

2 Outreach to more needy families
This would take over the outreach portfolio for Children and families left by Sheila Samuels including Messy Church and Holiday Club.

3 Oversee Sunday School at St John’s
The Sunday school at St John’s relies on church members. Recent in house training is helping  more parents to become involved is encouraging, but there is a need for longer term support and direction.

4 Youth age 11 upwards
This would release Mandy to focus on age 6 upwards and to have time to put into young people age 11 upwards. To re-establish Youth in the church

5 Safeguarding
We are absolutely committed to keeping our children safe in all church activities. This would share the ever increasing burden of safeguarding with Mandy Watts.

 

WHAT RESOURCES DO WE CURRENTLY HAVE?

We have two full time Vicars (currently paid 1.4 salaries between them).
We have a part-time curate (unpaid).
We have one Children and Youth Minister ( FT paid).
We have one part-time Administrator.

We no longer have a part time Church Army evangelist responsible for outreach work with adults and children.

As a parish we are grossly understaffed. 

 

The minimum we need to offer the job to a candidate is £27,500 for one year.
Ideally, we raise the first two years £55,000. 

This amounts to:
£400 per year for 70 families or 
£33 per month or 
£7.70 per week (that’s 2 coffees in a Coffee shop) 

 

PLEASE CONSIDER:

  • A lump sum, or one-off gift.
  • A monthly Standing order – Please start a new standing order for this post.
  • Gift Aid your donations and we get an extra 25%.
  • Organise Fund Raising events: Please email the vicars with events you would like to organise.

Account name –
Walton-on-Thames Parochial Church PCC
Sort code – 20-90-56
Account – 30925101

 

STATISTICS:

  • There are 220 children in St Mary’s Sunday School for 2017-18, of which 112 are pre-school age.
  • 50 ordinary members of the church are volunteer Sunday School leaders and helpers in the team . The Team is recruited, trained and built by the Children and Youth minister.
  • There are 20 children attending Sunday School at St John’s church.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION WALTON ON THAMES FINANCIAL POSITION

As a church, our outgoings are £360,000 a year.

£113,500 of this goes to Guildford Diocese paying for central support, curates’ training, one vicar’s salary and Bishops. The amount we give to the Diocese is calculated on the relative prosperity of the parish and the number of people who attend church. On top of this, we pay all salaries and running costs.

Average giving in the Diocese is £22 per family per week. The average giving in our parish is very low by comparison,at £9 per week. This severely restricts the ministry we can do as a church.

From our regular giving, we cannot afford this role.

Please do not reduce your regular giving. To learn more about our regular giving scheme please pick up a ‘Giving’ leaflet.