Looking Back

Christmas and New Year The Christmas Market was well supported, having put flyers in some of the letter boxes nearest the church, a number of young families came along to grab a bargain! It was a financial success
and raised over £3,400— a much needed boost for our funds! Thank you to all who helped us achieve this. The numbers attending church for Midnight Mass and Christmas morning remained steady but as always the children’s service on Christmas Eve was packed out and there was a terrific atmosphere as we all shared the Christmas story together! People again responded generously to our various Christmas appeals; we sent £263 to the British Heart Foundation, £167 to ‘Magic Breakfast’, £172 to Phyllis Tuckwell, £172 to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and £580 to the Children’s Society from the Alderwood Infant School Christingle Service, in all over £1,350 was disbursed and so a very big Thank you to everyone on behalf of all these good causes!
Christmas Angels We again distributed around 600 knitted angels around the parish. The young children love finding them so do the parents who put them on facebook (Rushmoor Christmas Angels).
Parish Share As predicted, we were unable to pay all of our parish share to the Diocese at year’s end; our share in 2019 is over £61,000 and unless there is a miracle, it looks unlikely that we will be able to raise this sum as well as pay all our other running costs! On a positive note we did replace the Church Hall floor in 2018 at a cost of over £22,000 which should now last for some years to come.