February 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
You will have already heard from the Stewardship Team via letters and the presentation held on Stewardship Sunday about the financial and spiritual life of St Leonard’s. I thank the stewardship team and our treasurer Ian and assistant treasurer Shaun for all their hard work.
You will have learned that we are in danger of living beyond our means and the task of balancing the books gets harder and harder for our treasurer each year. Unless we are able to make a significant difference to our income this year, next year’s budgeting will confront us with some painful decisions meaning that we would be unable to develop our activities in such a way as to strengthen our church family, build on spiritual growth, maintain our building and reach out to the wider community.
When I think about my own personal stewardship and all that God has commended to my care, particularly being entrusted to be vicar of this wonderful parish, the only word that seems to fit is gratitude. The best kind of steward I know how to be is one who acts out of thanks to God.
This gratitude is extended to each and every one of you, along with my thanks for participating in our parish stewardship renewal effort. For your prayerfulness about the spiritual life, mission and financial needs of our parish. For reflecting upon your own personal situations and how you might be able to respond. For recognizing that God has blessed you with time, talent and abilities that can be fruitful for him and his work among us.
Thank you! I am thrilled to have your support and your responses will make a real difference in the life of our parish and the work we can do in the wider community.

On April 8th, we will have a Thanksgiving Service in gratitude where I hope to be able to thank you all in person

Yours, in Christ