CHURCH chiefs have begun formulating a financial rescue plan after a fall in regular donations saw a loss of more than £7,000 recorded.
Parishioners at St James’ Church, in Main Street, Barton under Needwood, have been urged to ‘dig deep’ after it was reported there had been a loss of £7,639 of regular income over regular expenditure.
This was put down to the fact that there had been a big drop in the amount of money given to the church as part of ‘planned regular voluntary giving’.
Now, plans are under way to try to boost the church coffers to make sure that the site of holy worship can provide for the ‘next generation to continue God’s work’.
A spokesman for the church said: “The accounts showed a small increase in Gift Aid envelopes and donations but overall the decline continued.
“Expenditure remained much the same, despite an increase in parish share, a doubling of our charitable giving and continued investment in the children’s ministry.
“We have cash reserves, but most of them are tied up in restricted funds.
“If the current account deficit continues, reserves for general expenses and deficit funding will be exhausted by 2016 to 2017.
“We have invited Charles Adams, from the Diocese of Lichfield’s parish resources department, to a recent meeting to begin a plan of action to address our financial concerns.”
A recent report by church treasurer Foster Rogers stated: “Our previous benefactors have given us a sound base from which to provide our duty of care on our beautiful Tudor building, but we also have to proclaim the Christian message.
“We must remember that we are also the next generation of benefactors.
“We must remember that we not only have to give generously now, but consider how we can provide for the next generation to continue God’s work.”
Anyone who would like to help support the church is urged to call 01283 712359.