The Inside Column 20/8

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says, “He gives generously to the needy; is kindness lasts forever.” And God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. - 2 Corinthians 9: 4-12 GNT

Today is a very exciting day. We are launching the Made New Project. What is the Made New Project I hear you say? Well, as many of you already know the church roof needs to be replaced. From time to time (when it rains) it leaks. The roof is clad with asbestos tiles and we are planning on replacing these with long run steel like the Foyer and Crèche roof.

At the same time as doing this Vestry would like to upgrade some other components of the Church:

  • Carpet the church auditorium
  • Upgrade the audio-visual
  • Investigate heating options
  • More church chairs and tables
  • Refurbish our facilities

We see this as an opportunity to make the church fit for purpose for the next fifty years.

The main reasons for the Made New Project are:

  • Make the church warm, dry and inviting for people
  • Develop the church for future generations
  • Create flexible spaces for ministry

With all of this in mind we are looking to raise  $160,000. Exciting Stuff! I believe that together we can raise this sort of money without having to go to the Diocese for a loan, or to take many years to raise this money.

My personal ethos towards money and giving has always been 2 Corinthians 9:7

You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. So I would ask that each of us spend some time praying about what we can give.

We will be running this appeal for the next four weeks and on Sunday 17 September we will have a combined Gift Day 9.00am Breakfast and a Service to follow. This will be the opportunity for us to all come together, with our pledges, donating with cheerful hearts and celebrate being Made New.

If you would like to talk to someone about this project, if you have any questions, please come and see me or talk to any of the vestry members.

There are two options to consider:

  • Increase your regular giving each week and/or
  • Make a one-off donation.

Mark your Pledge Card and return it in the Made New Project envelope.
If 50 people give $20 dollars a week or if 10 people give $100 extra for a year, that’s $52,000 raised. All donations are tax deductable.

Ideally we would like to start on the roof early next year with the other upgrades to follow dependent on raising the necessary finance.

Lastly I ask that you pray for the Made New Project.

We are the body of Christ and each one of us is a part of it.”

We all have a part to play, and we can all contribute through our prayers.

Yours in Christ



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