Stewardship Campaign 2018

We are renewing our invitation today, to all who worship here at Christ Church, and all of goodwill, to revisit and review their financial support and commitment.

As a Parish we have been greatly blessed by extraordinary generosity and faithfulness from previous generations. As the hymn puts it, “these stones that have echoed their praises are holy.” However, for several years we have been living beyond our present means. The PCC have, for some time, been working to ensure good financial management and cutting unnecessary costs. Even so, this year alone we are projecting a nearly £42,850 deficit in our budget. Clearly this is an unsustainable financial position.

At present we are able to meet the deficit by using money from generous legacies left to the Rector and Wardens. This money was not left, primarily, to help us meet the everyday running costs of our church and parish (lighting, heating, candles, incense, clergy, music etc). We long to liberate these precious gifts to help resource some of the exciting and hopeful ambitions of our Mission Action

Plan, such as expanding our ministry to children and families and working to care for some of the most vulnerable and deprived of our community. In short, we want to move from mere survival to proper stewardship and optimism for the future.

To that end the PCC have agreed to work, over the next five years, to increase income by £8,570 year on year to meet our day to day running costs. That is £164.80 extra a week. We can make this happen if we each increase our giving by £1.50 a week.

Our major financial commitment is known as the Parish Contribution. This is our contribution to what is the largest cost, as in most organisations: paid staff – the Rector and the Curate. This year the cost of ministry in a Parish in our Diocese is about £72,000.

We are more than thankful for the generosity of all who give. Most of us face personal financial challenges. What we are asking is for everyone to consider their giving, and to ensure that it is regular i.e. whether or not we are in church that Sunday. Could you look at your disposable income i.e. after basic outgoings: housing costs, food etc. and see what you can commit? The cost of a coffee and slice of cake in a cafe is, say, £5. If everyone managed just that weekly, we would increase our income. If it is possible to regularly give £10 a week our financial situation, and opportunity for resourcing further mission and ministry into the future, would be transformed.

Today we are inviting you to take up the Parish Giving Scheme. Literature and information about this is available at the back of church. If this scheme can become the principal funding method for our church, we will have inflation-proofed our giving, maximized our cash-flow and minimised our administration. This will free us up to focus on other important priorities. The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income which is static giving. Donations made through this scheme use a Direct Debit. This can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Each donation is restricted to a this parish and church.

Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. They are collected by Direct Debit on the first day of the month. The gift is then passed onto the specified church within ten days of collection. Gift Aid will be sent separately once PGS has received it from HMRC. By offering this scheme in the parish and through donors' generous commitments, we can be assured of a regular, tax efficient source of income which has the capacity to increase with the cost of living, yet involves virtually no administration. With the help of the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), donors benefit from a system that is secure, confidential and easy to use, while supporting the Church today and for the future.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this letter, and for your

generosity in so many ways.

Fr Luke

2018 – The Year of Prayer

Following on from the Year of Mercy (2016) and the Year of the Bible (2017), Bishop Martin invites the Diocese to share 2018 as the Year of Prayer. As part of this we will be hosting a series of seminars throughout 2018. All are welcome - please put the dates in your diary now!

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 17th November 2018

“Prayer and social action”

Fr James Lawson, St Stephen’s House

Each day will begin with Mass at 10:30am in Christ Church, followed by coffee and part 1 (lecture). 12:30pm Lunch. 1:15pm/1:30pm Part 2 (facilitated discussion/reflection/feedback). 3pm Evening Prayer. Tea/home.


As we renew our Stewardship campaign. Please take copies of the literature available explaining our financial position as a Parish and, also, information about the Parish Giving Scheme. There are members of the PCC who already use the Parish Giving Scheme available to answer any questions you may have about how the Scheme operates. Thank you for your generosity and ongoing support for resourcing the mission and ministry of the Church in this Diocese and Parish.


The Diocesan safeguarding website is an excellent resource for us all as we work together

All Saints’ Day

Thursday 1st November - SUNG MASS 7pm

All Souls’ Day

Friday 2nd November - Requiem Mass 8am

Requiem Mass 10:30am

Requiem Mass 12:30pm


All Saints’ Sunday - SUNDAY 4th November

Messy Mass

Our next Messy Mass will be celebrated in school at 3:30pm on Tuesday 30th October. All are very welcome - please support this initiative with your prayers and your presence.

Curry Club

Our next Curry Club outing will be at 7pm on Friday 9th November. All are very welcome!

Community Café

Our community café next opens on Friday 9th November. Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 11am. All are welcome. Please encourage your friends, neighbours and all in our community to come along to enjoy companionship and conversation.

Weekly Bible Reading

The Bible Reading Group is nearing the end of its reading of the whole of The Jerusalem Bible. It will meet again on October 23rd in The Crypt at 1115am (resuming at Hebrews Chapter 12) and then at the same time on October 30th and on November 6th, when it will reach the end of The Book of Revelations. All are welcome to attend some or all of the remaining meetings, but it would be an especial pleasure to be joined by those who have participated in earlier parts of the journey on November 6th. The intention is to follow the completion of the reading with a reflection, a piece of cake and a drink of some sort. Of necessity we will be finished by 1pm on that day.

Finance Committee

Our Parish Finance Committee next meets at 10:30am on Friday 2nd November in the Parish Office

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee meets at 12noon on Friday 2nd November in the Parish Office.


Next meeting, Tuesday 20th November 7pm.

Remembrance Sunday

This year we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. On Friday 9th November our School will be holding a Remembrance Service in church at 10am. Our Parish commemoration will take place during a Requiem Mass on Sunday 11th November at the usual time of 10:15am. We will remember Them.

Year of Prayer Study Day

Our final study day as part of the Year of Prayer will take place on Saturday 17th November. We welcome Fr James Lawson, Vice-Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford, who will talk to us about Prayer and Social Action. The day will begin with Mass at 10:30am and will conclude with Evening Prayer no later than 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome - and do encourage as many people as you can to join us!

Hastings Gang Show

Members of our Parish Scout Group (9th Hastings - Christ Church) are taking part in the annual Gang Show at the White Rock Theatre. This year the show nights run from 22nd - 24th November. Tickets are available from the White Rock theatre. Do support our young people and their leaders - it’s a great night out!

Tramps Supper

Saturday 27th October 6-30pm in the crypt cost £5 see Sue or Celia

Pilgrimage to Walsingham

The Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2019 will take place from Monday 17th June to Friday 21st June. Please see Margaret Byne to book you place.

Seaview Project

We have a collection box at the back of church for donations towards the work of the Seaview project. Seaview provides a day centre for those who are homeless in our community. Donations of non-perishable food, clothes, blankets etc are more than appreciated. Please support this work if you are able to do so.

Litter Pick

Now that Autumn has arrived we will suspend the weekly litter pick until Spring. Thank you to those who have been able to support this important ministry of service and outreach.

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