St Marys Wythall eases the burden
A church near Birmingham has responded to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis by setting up ‘SCOFF’ – St Mary’s Church Offers Food and Fun’ – for struggling local families.
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Some churches are lucky enough to have artwork such as wall paintings. While these are beautiful, they can be costly to keep in good condition. One church we spoke to was struggling with this exact problem and was delighted to put their donations to good use restoring their artwork.
New sound system
Sound systems are a vital part of a church, from helping the congregation hear the readings to improving the sound of worship. One church was happy to report that their donation will be going towards replacing their old sound system, which was in desperate need of an upgrade.
Fun day and BBQ
Many churches host family fun days. This is a great way to engage with the local community, but sometimes the costs can add up. One church was very pleased that their donation could help towards the cost of their annual fun day and funded the barbeque, which everyone enjoyed.
New church chairs
One church was able to use their donation towards the cost of replacing worn-out pews with new, comfortable chairs. The new chairs are also much easier to move so the space can now be used in more ways.
Affording necessary structural work and repairs is a struggle for many churches, usually requiring applications for grants and lots of fundraising. Every penny raised is a massive help, so one church was pleased to receive multiple donations, contributing towards their repairs.
New window seat
One church noticed that an old pine bench seat in the church tower was affected by woodworm, but their fabric repair fund was already committed elsewhere. They decided to use their donation to contribute to the cost of replacing the seat, meaning it didn’t impact their other work.
Noticeboards can be an effective way to communicate with the local community. One church’s noticeboard had been in a state of disrepair for some time, and their donation helped towards buying a new one.
Balancing the books
The day-to-day running costs of a church can be very expensive; so many churches are making good use of their donations to help them stay on top of these costs.