Our Generous Benefactors
I’d be fascinated to find out more of the origins of St Mary’s inherited funds. I’d hazard a guess that they represent a combination of generosity from bequests and donations, as well as from the sale of property over the years and canny investing, and maybe some from surprising sources. I strongly suspect that anyone who was part of creating what we now have would be pleased to see how important it’s proving in this time of financial strain. If now isn’t the proverbial ‘rainy day’ when will it be?
I feel the same gratitude when I look at ‘the oldest door in Nottingham’, when I hear still being rung Henry Oldfield II’s ‘fourth’ bell (dating to 1595) and lots more at the finest medieval building in Nottingham. Things which have lasted centuries underline the debt we owe our forebears.
With the unforeseen losses of both income from ‘events’ as well as from Sunday collections, yellow envelopes, etc, we are heading for a deficit this accounting year in the order of £50,000. With our reserves, there is no crisis. But with all money there for a rainy day, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
As I have done before at this time of year, may I appeal to everyone please prayerfully to consider what you can now give to St Mary’s? This is between you and God, as the Holy Spirit, the Encourager comes alongside to nudge you, maybe to help you turn intention into action. Nothing is ever too small, nor should there be limits on our generosity.
If something done now which in the future evokes gratitude, we will be delighted. All of us have that opportunity. I find it helpful to see it as an investment, not so much for me, rather each of our participation in God’s Kingdom.