Hertingfordbury Parish News: June 2003
As many will know, the oil-fired heating boiler at St Mary's Church is to be replaced with a new gas system at the cost of £11,000. The heating in public places is switched off from 1st May to 1st October - i.e., for 22 weeks.
We have been challenged to make a significant contribution towards the financing of the new boiler in those 22 weeks, hence Challenge 22.
If every household, starting at the beginning of May, put a jam jar on their shelf, and put into it a pound coin every week, by the beginning of October you would have £22.00. With Gift Aid (the scheme for those who pay Income Tax) and because the Church is a Charity, we can claim on each £1 given, 28p and that will give us at least £28.16 per jar! The official jars are 8oz with red or blue checked lids and at present there are 41 jars out in the parish committed to produce at least £22.00. (There is nothing to stop there being more money in them!) Already two jars have returned with £22.00 inside, and those jars are waiting to be recycled. Would your household like an official jar?
Any other ways of raising money, a coffee morning, whist drive, selling cakes and marmalade, etc., etc. please consider organising to raise funds. This would be wonderful, and any plans and ideas please feed through to keep the ball rolling.
Please note: Although the Hertingfordbury Parish News is produced by St. Mary's PCC, the opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the PCC.