The Inside Column 8/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 08, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all, if you are visiting we hope you feel at home, and we would love you to stay for a hot drink at the end of the service.

 

A month or so ago we had our once a year gift day. This was a chance for us to think about our giving to the church, to give thanks for all we have, and all the amazing things God is doing, and to take up the challenge of being generous and joyful givers for the kingdom of God. Through your generous giving we raised just over $5000 from the gift day.

This of course is a great blessing for the church and the work that we do here, thanks be to God. With part of the money we have been able to keep the youth work that Jonathan is involved in going this team. Without it the programme would have had to stop.

You will see below an up to date account of where we are financially as a church for the year so far, and there is much to give thanks for. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all that give their time, finances, skills, and gifts to the church. You are a great bunch and it is a privilege to be able to be in ministry with you all. Let’s keep praying and work for his glory.

Our financial position for the 7 months ending July 2013 is a very different picture to July last year. Our income for the year to date from general   offerings is $101,691 against our year to date budget of $84,000. Missions giving totals $3,239, only half of what we budgeted for. Year to date our total operating income is $157,351, 14% over our budget of $137,317. This is good news!

 

Expenditure remains under tight control, with year to date expenditure being $141,352, just 1.9% over our budget of $138,638. Apart from unbudgeted repairs to the Vicarage of $9850 (We received a grant from the Diocese for 30% of these costs), and church and computer  maintenance costs of $3418 against a budget of $1459, our expenses are all below our budget.

 

At the end of July our operating surplus was $15,999 and with non operating (Trust) income added in we have a surplus of $18,267! This is God at work among us.

 

We are committed to being good stewards and keeping St Barnabas in a strong financial position.

 

Remember the Men’s Dinner on the Friday 20 September. Jonathan has tickets available and you can book a ticket buy ringing the office. Real Estate agent Brent Sturm is the guest speaker. It’s a fundraiser for St Barnabas Youth to help pay for their Tear Fund child sponsorship, so come along bring a friend (or two!) and support the youth.

 

Have a great week!

Yours in Christ,

Philip

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