Published by Wilford Church on Fri, 21 May 2021 14:36

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We are thankful for the sacrificial giving by many parishes in the context of the financial uncertainty arising from the pandemic. We recognise that the financial impact on parishes looks very different across the Diocese. Thank you for your commitment to paying parish share in full during 2020, in support of the mission and ministry in the Diocese as we seek to Grow Disciples Wider, Younger and Deeper.

Parish Share is the primary source of income to facilitate mission and ministry in the Diocese. The majority is spent on front line ministry – clergy stipends, pensions, housing, Council Tax and water rates, which costs over £50,000 per year for each stipendiary clergy post. The Diocese also invests heavily in future ministry through vocational discernment, training and equipping ordained and lay ministers for the future, as well as supporting parishes in many areas including safeguarding, discipleship, finance and engaging meaningfully with their local communities. The full cost of ministry in the Diocese is equivalent to around £80,000 per year for each stipendiary clergy post.

May the Lord continue to bless local mission and ministry in your parish.

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