St Mary’s Church Cromford
Saturday 15th November from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Dear Fellowship members,
At our October Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting, we considered and are thankful for all the gifts and ministries which are exercised by the congregation in Church and Parish. There is a good list – e.g. a warm welcome, hospitality, friendship, visiting and caring. There are weekly church services including one monthly with Cromford Methodist Church. We have good relations and work well with Cromford School and the Arkwright Society.
The PCC are concerned about Sunday attendance numbers and the viability of the church in Cromford. We look to the Lord for the way forward. Our Sunday attendance varies from six to thirty plus! The numbers increase in summer with visitors, many of whom staying at Willersley Castle. Baptisms, weddings and funerals often have large attendances.
As well as the attendance numbers we are also concerned about our finances. We have money for the building thanks to the generosity of many over the years but our reserves will be depleted at the end of this year. In 2014 our anticipated income is £11,140, anticipated expenditure is £15,220 giving a shortfall of £4,080. The largest amounts of expenditure are the Parish Share now known as Common Fund, £7,800, Insurance £2,100, utilities £1,500 and general maintenance of the building £3,000. We are very grateful to Holy Trinity PCC who have helped us pay the Parish Share (Common Fund) for the last two years.
To address how we can grow numerically at Sunday Services, reach out into the Parish and hopefully have some kind of service (fresh expression) in the village as well as meet our financial obligations, I am inviting and encouraging you not only to continue to pray for these things but also to come to St. Mary’s on Saturday 15th November to pray and talk about these issues. The church will be open from 10.00am – 4.00pm. We’ll divide the time into sixty minute slots on the hour, so please do come for one or more as you are able.