HELP SUPPORT ST JOHN’S AS WE RETURN TO CHURCH
The COVID-19 lockdown had a significant impact on the church’s income. We originally set a target of raising £5,000 to help us cover the cost of re-opening the church, including additional hygiene measures and taking staff off furlough. Thanks to the generosity of church members, including some significant individual donations, we have now received more than double this target, which is a fantastic response.
As at 29 October we have received £10,913 (at least £11,812 with Gift Aid/charges), which is 218% (236%) of our target. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed.
This includes just under £400 which was raised in our sponsored bike ride which took place on 4 October 2020. A big thank you to Chris Eldridge, who organized the bike ride, and to Jim Nurton and Roger Nicholls who also took part.
As we have more than exceeded our target, the Parish Church Council authorised purchasing the installation of wifi throughout the church. This will enable us to stream services to help those who cannot attend church in person to feel more part of the St John’s worshipping community. We will also be obtaining quotes for undertaking the second phase of improving our sound system which will require us to obtain permission from the Diocese for the works to the church, which may take a little while.
Whilst we have reached our target, any additional funds we raise will be used to help ensure that we do not have to dig too deeply into our reserves as our overall income is still lower than pre-COVID-19 levels. It will also help to fund the works to replace the toilets and improve access to the Goose Green Centre, which we now expect to take place next year. Thank you for your continued support.
How can I help?
You can make a donation by clicking here.
We will be holding a pre-Christmas Family Fun Quiz in early/mid-December on Zoom, details of which will be available shortly.
We will also hoping to hold holding a “Beer and Carols” evening later in December, where you can request and sing along to hymns played on our organ.