Parish Share

05 Oct 18

Each year each parish is allocated a figure that is required to be paid to the diocese to meet the cost of clergy, training and the upkeep of vicarages.  This has been a requirement ever since the parish priest relinquished the income from glebe land and clergy pay was equalised many, many years ago.  The figure has been allocated so that each parish shares the costs of the work of the church.

For the first time in the memory of any PCC member it is highly likely that Ansley will be unable to meet this obligation in full this year.  The requirement for 2018 is £24,594.  Over the years there have been many times when we have only just been able to meet the payments or have used surplus funds from other years but in 2016 there was a deficit of £917 and in 2017 one of £2000.

There is no one reason for this shortfall but some of the factors are, fewer weddings and funerals at church, fewer people attending church and the financial restraints that are affecting so many in the current economic climate. However costs continue to increase particularly electricity which provides all the heating in church.

It should be noted that money given for other funds (i.e. Church Yard and Fabric Funds) are, as required by law, restricted and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Please also note that Ansley Church does not receive any financial help for running and maintaining the church building or for the work carried out in the Church Yard.

What are the implications of not being able to meet this payment?  If it is not for a great amount and we can meet the full payment next year probably not a lot, but if it were to continue then it could mean a reduction in the number of clergy to minister to us.  If we are to keep the level of clergy cover the payments have to be met.

Please pray for the PCC and the church authorities as they struggle with this situation.

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

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