As a Nice resident, I have a free pass to many museums in the city, including the Musée Massena and the Matisse Museum. Entry to the UK’s national museums is similar. They are funded by taxes, along with the generous gifts of previous generations who gave and present donors who give money and works of art to them.
Just like the UK’s national museums and galleries and English parish churches, Holy Trinity is free ‘at the point of use’ and it is open every day of the year. Anyone can come into it and worship or just come in to be quiet or pray on their own.
You don’t have to pay to come to Holy Trinity but we can only offer this welcome because previous generations made generous endowments and legacies and because people who come here today support the church generously.
Our finances have improved in the last couple of years but we still depend too much on our inherited assets. We need to consistently raise money so that we can maintain and enhance the church and hall and extend our ministry.
We need to continue in the tradition of our predecessors and support the life and welcome of Holy Trinity with our time, talents, and money.
Our stewardship planning group has been working on this and they have asked me to speak about stewardship next Sunday.
They have planned a new stewardship initiative for the coming year and for future years. We want to encourage everyone who comes to Holy Trinity to participate and contribute to the life of our community.
For this to happen we need all our regular and our occasional visitors to pick up and fill in our new pledge forms which explain a range of possible ways for people to contribute. Please take one next Sunday or when you are next at Holy Trinity and prayerfully consider how to give, both money and your time and talents.
On Sunday, I’ll introduce the stewardship planning group, who will hand out the pledge forms. The members of the group will also be available, with Gerard Jordan, our treasurer in the Hall after the service to answer any questions you may have.