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Our Story. St Xxxxx’s was planted in 1893 so that the people in the growing town of Someplace could have a place to worship together. Today we are in the heart of a thriving but challenging commercial centre. Our Location. Extraordinary position

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Our story

Our Story

  • St Xxxxx’s was planted in 1893 so that the people in the growing town of Someplace could have a place to worship together.

  • Today we are in the heart of a thriving but challenging commercial centre.

Our location

Our Location

  • Extraordinary position

  • Unparalleled opportunities Reconfigured building

  • Superb facilities to fulfil our calling

Today s reality

Today’s Reality

  • Pockets of poverty

  • Loneliness

  • Family breakdown

  • Unwanted pregnancies

  • Drug abuse

  • Debt

  • Spiritual hunger

Our vision

Our Vision

  • A transformed community of Someplace resulting from God’s love working amongst us and through us



  • We can make a real difference to people’s lives in Someplace with the transforming power of the Gospel, working in and through us by the power of the Spirit.

Recent highlights

Recent Highlights

  • 6 Alpha courses

  • 2 Marriage courses

  • New Youth Congregation

  • Re-launched the 7pm service

  • Sent 3 youth mission teams to Africa

  • Children’s work has doubled in size

  • Small groups established

  • Refurbished buildings (including Bookshop)

The future

The Future

  • A new phase of mission and ministry.

  • We believe this is God’s vision for us to make a difference for the next 3 years.

Worship in 2010 we want to say

WorshipIn 2010 we want to say:

  • We are a lively church in Someplace made up of a number of growing congregations.

  • We are passionate about our faith.

  • We see God working in our lives, and the lives of those around us.

  • Our contemporary services have inspirational biblical preaching and vibrant musical worship.

  • We expect to encounter God through Word, Sacrament and Spirit, to transform us into the people he wants us to be.

Worship we plan to

WorshipWe Plan to:

  • Plant a new congregation from Alpha

  • Plant a new congregation from the 10.30 congregation

  • Train up new worship leaders

  • Develop leadership teams for each congregation

  • Encourage each congregation to have a particular vision for mission

Mission in 2010 we want to say

MissionIn 2010 we want to say:

  • We are called by Jesus to share our faith. We share our faith as a natural part of our lives.

  • We see God working in our lives and in those around us.

  • We regularly connect with people, build relationships and offer opportunities for them to commit their lives to God.

Mission we plan to

MissionWe plan to:

  • Increase our publicity and visibility

  • Encourage members and small groups to organise events that we can invite friends to

  • Increase the number of pre-Alpha events and continue to run at least 2 Alphas and one Youth Quest each year

  • Equip and encourage members to share their faith naturally

  • Support overseas mission including sending and receiving mission action teams

Discipleship in 2010 we want to say

DiscipleshipIn 2010 we want to say:

  • We have a strong sense of community amongst us.

  • We encourage each other through small groups.

  • We apply our faith to our lives and pray for one another.

  • We provide opportunities to encourage discipleship.

Discipleship we plan to

DiscipleshipWe plan to:

  • Develop and institute a discipleship process.

  • Ensure that everyone is cared for through the Care Network.

  • Encourage prayer triplets/partnerships and mentoring relationships.

  • Appoint a minister to work with the older generations.

  • Encourage everyone to be a member of a small group.

Service in 2010 we want to say

ServiceIn 2010 we want to say:

  • We believe that God wants to transform our society through word and action.

  • We show God’s concern for creation, poverty, injustice, oppression and peace.

  • Our calling is to encourage a Godly perspective and balance in people’s lives.

Service we plan to

ServiceWe plan to:

  • Envision, teach and equip on issues of environmental care, poverty and injustice.

  • Serve our community by providing courses such as Family Time, Practical Parenting, Marriage course and on topics such as money management, addiction.

  • Support local projects that care for the poor and the environment.

Stewardship in 2010 we want to say

StewardshipIn 2010 we want to say:

  • We have a well resourced and gifted ministry team

  • Every member is encouraged to play their part.

  • Our building is used as a resource by the local community.

  • The Beacon Café draws people from the town.

  • Our Bookshop acts as a resource for local Christians and churches.

Stewardship we plan to

StewardshipWe plan to :

  • Encourage everyone to use their gifts in service.

  • Develop administration eg IT network, Website.

  • Build a staff team to develop specialist ministries.

  • Continue to develop the building to serve the mission and vision.

  • Appoint an experienced person to support our paid staff and volunteers in integrating the life and mission of the church and town centre ministry.



  • “Almighty God, mindful of your extraordinary goodness to us, we dare to ask for more. Help us to grow in discipleship, share our faith with those around us and help those in need – to see your kingdom come on earth as in heaven. May your Holy Spirit equip us to make a difference in Someplace. We ask this not for our sake but for the glory of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.”

Ephesians 3 20 21

Ephesians 3:20 – 21:

  • Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more that we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.

Our story

The Financial


Our story

To enable St Xxxx’s Church to carry out its ministry we need £138,000 a year.

That is


per week!

Our story

Outward Giving


Parish Share


Support Costs


Worship & Pastoral Care




Where does it go?


Running Costs


Parish share

Parish Share

Parochial Ministry-£62,000

-Clergy wages/pensions/housing

-Clergy training

-Parish Support

Church Work in the Diocese-£11,600

-Parish Support and Training



General Synod, Anglican &-£ 4,000

Ecumenical Activities

Total: £77,600

Our story

Regular Giving

(Gift Aid)





Income Tax



Fees and Events


Collections & Donations


Regular Giving

(non Gift Aid)


Our Expected Income for this year

Our shortfall

We have a shortfall of £31,000 to pay our way for this year

Our Shortfall

We need another

per week


Our current regular giving is

Our Current Regular Giving is


21up to £2.00£28

20£2.01 - £3.00£49

22£3.01 - £4.00£78

15£4.01 - £5.00£70

34£5.01 - £10.00£248

12£10.01 - £15.00£148

8£15.01 - £20.00£144

10more than £20.01£271


Reordering costs

Reordering Costs

  • Estimated reordering costs - £120K

  • Funding 50:50 split

    • £60k from current reserves

    • £60k from planned giving/donations

  • Planned work over next 3 years

    • Need to raise £20k/year (£380/wk)

In summary

In Summary

  • Currently we receive £1036/week

  • To meet

  • Our shortfall we need another £600/wk

  • Our reordering costs we need another £380/wk

  • We need to increase our Giving by £980/wk

  • That’s an extra

  • £6.90/week each

Where next

Where next?

  • Bury our heads in the sand!

  • Sack the clergy!

  • Ask all worshippers to increase their giving?

What next

What Next?

  • Review your current giving

  • Register for Regular Giving & Gift Aid

    • Via Envelope Scheme

    • Via Bank Account

    • Via both!

  • Complete and return of the Confidential Response Forms by

    • 15th October

What our current regular giving could be

What our Current Regular Giving could be

29up to £4.00£102

28£4.01 - £5.00£126

33£5.01 - £6.00£182

24£6.01 - £7.00£156

41£7.01 - £10.00£359

23£10.01 - £20.00£345

15£20.01 - £25.00£338

13more than £25.01£420



God loves a cheerful giver

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

“The one who gives sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work”

2 Corinthians 9: 6-8

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