Heart of the Community Gift Day

The Heart of the Community project (HOTC) is central to our plan to be a welcoming, thriving, sharing community that is truly living to make a difference.

Our ambitions

Create St Michael’s Centre (SMC)

Refurbish and protect the church building

Upgrade the facilities at the Old School Rooms (OSR)

Support our mission partners in the UK and overseas

Our inspiration

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back, lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left.”

Isaiah 54:2-3

 

We are thankful to God for what has been achieved so far…

The St Michael’s Centre is open and welcomes over 23,000 people each year.

Last year’s gifts enabled the balcony to open.

We serve church groups, uniformed organisations, local and regional businesses and many more.

The Charity Commission has recently agreed to our request to release assets held in Trust to repair and improve the Old School Rooms.

£120k has been donated to mission.

We have allocated investment for the improvement and preservation of the church building.

 

The things we need to deliver to remain compliant each year…

Regular gifts help to pay the mortgage. The repayment of capital and interest is £155k per year.

Meet our tithe to mission commitments of £45k in 2018.

These are partly met by existing monthly giving. We need another £120k annually to properly cover these two commitments.

 

What we believe we are called to do for the community…

Complete the next phases of the SMC building

1. The office suite upstairs – to alleviate current office over-crowding and create more meeting space

2. The arches corridor – completing access to four large meeting rooms and storage

3. The new kitchen – adding catering and hospitality to the St Michael’s Centre

These three elements will cost in the region of £650k

Pay off a section of our mortgage loans early £115k

 

What we are asking now…

Gift Day was 13 May 2018

We are continuing our journey of faith with the Heart of the Community project. It’s not too late to pledge a new donation or increase your giving level.

Please pray about what you are able to give

Together, we can each play our part and complete the project. We can make even more of a difference across our community and beyond.

 

This appeal is an invitation…

to everyone who belongs to St Michael’s.

Those who haven’t been able to give yet…

Some of us haven’t been in a position to support the project financially before. Now we can pray about how much we should give.

Those who are new to St Michael’s…

Maybe you’ve only just heard of the project. Maybe you are here because of the project. Now is the time for you to consider your level of giving to become part of it.

Those who are able to increase their giving…

Some of us are in a better financial position than when we committed to give to the project. We can pray about how to increase the amount we give.

 

Pledge form and GiftAid

To make your pledge to the project please pick up a Gift Day Pledge Form from the church or download your copy here. Please return your completed pledge form to the church office by the Gift Day on Sunday 13 May 2018.

UK taxpayers can also complete a simple GiftAid form, which means the government will donate an extra 25% on top of your giving at no cost to you or the project.

If you would like to know more about any of the Heart of the Community project, how the money is spent, or help with ways to make one-off donations or arrange regular giving, please contact the church office.

 

 

St Michael’s Church Centre Limited

Registered Charity in England and Wales 1149601