The PCC, recently met online by 'Zoom', after having an initial trial run as a short social on-line gathering, to see how it went. It went very well, in fact!
One of our main items was, of course, 'The Works in the Church', which, as you are aware, will make the building a much more practical and user-friendly space to benefit the whole village, as well as those who worship regularly.
Perhaps a question on many of your minds also, is, 'What is happening about the work in the church?' As most of you know, it was going to begin on April 20th - and although we did not quite have all the funds in place, we had made the decision to go ahead and 'step out in faith', knowing that by the time we needed to finish paying at the end of the work, we would have the money. Then Covid-19 happened and everything had to stop.
We have been continually raising funds over these last few years, bit by bit, through enjoyable church and community events, generous personal donations, and by approaching many grant-making bodies and charities. And we are nearly there. Three years ago, to raise nearly £150,000 to cover the cost of Phase 2 seemed a giant mountain to climb, but we now need only £19,000.
We are extremely conscious of the many people who have already given generously towards this project, and we really do not want anybody to feel pressurised. However, if you are someone who feels that you are able to help in this final push to achieve our goal, by giving even a very small amount, (as many small amounts do add up), it would of course be wonderful and greatly appreciated.
If we get the 'go-ahead' from the architect and the builders to begin the job whilst we are in Lock-down and not able to use the church, that would be a real bonus and it would mean that we will at long last be warm in church this coming winter!
If you wish, please send a cheque made payable to Chailey PCC, or donate by transfer to Chailey PCC Account Number 00009347, Sort Code 40-52-40. (It would be useful if you could let Anthony Meadows know if you have donated by transfer, by emailing him at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
With all best wishes,
Chris, Teresa and Anthony