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THE PARISH OF JARROW
The 9 o’clock Coffee Stop is not open during August, but resumes on Thursday 7 September
Please note: The Parish Prayer Group will not meet during August. It will resume on Monday 4th September.
The All-age Planning meeting for the September service (3 September) will take place at 2.00pm on Monday 14 August at St John’s House.
Sunshine Gems Our children’s holiday activities with a meal will take place this year in the hall at St John’s on Thursday 17 August and Wednesday 23 August mornings, ending with lunch.
Family Fun Day at Bede Children’s Centre, Perth Green, Wednesday 16th August, 10.30am. to 12.30pm. We are serving food and distributing invitation for children to come to Sunshine Gems the next day. The Bede Children’s Centre would welcome any donated cakes or baking for their fundraising stall.
All parishes in the deanery are being asked to consider how we might work with other local parishes to best further the mission of the church with the resources available. Jarrow, Simonside and Hebburn parishes currently have 4 stipendiary clergy (excluding curates) and this may be reduced by 2020 to 3.5 or 3. In conjunction with this, the idea has been floated to work towards combining the two parishes of St Simon’s and Jarrow as a single parish (ie with one PCC, shared finances etc), and we are holding an Open Meeting on 19th September to discuss the implications and hear your views. Nothing would or could be done without the consent of both PCC’s, and there would be a legal process to go through were the PCC’s to make this decision. Please begin to share your thoughts with others and bring your questions and comments to the meeting.
The PCC will be meeting on Wednesday 27th September, and the agenda will include proposals for the Deanery Mission Plan for Jarrow and Hebburn.
There will subsequently be an additional open joint meeting of the PCCs of Jarrow and St Simon’s on 11 October, to bring the views of the two parishes together, and at which the Archdeacon will be present.
Please keep the deanery and parish discussions in your prayers over the coming weeks - for wise discernment of the best way forward.
Bereavement Service Sunday 3 September 3.00pm St. John’s
Advance dates in 2018: The Walsingham Pilgrimage will take place next year 4-6 May 2018. Early indication of intention to join in will help you get a place, which may be limited. Please contact Susan Short or one of the clergy.
GIFT AID If you pay Income Tax on your income, donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p in every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra.
This can be achieved in several ways:
If you are part of our regular envelope giving scheme, sign a gift aid declaration form (available from your church warden or treasurer) OR – if you make occasional donations, use one of the yellow gift aid envelopes, complete your details on the front, and we can claim gift aid on your contribution.
If you regularly purchase goods as your donation, e.g. tea, coffee, cleaning materials, you could submit a claim form to be reimbursed your costs. If you then donated this amount in a completed yellow gift aid envelope we could claim this extra 25p for every £1 you have spent.
If you are now paying tax when previously you were not, please now sign up for this scheme.
FINANCE Half-way through the year already, and I am pleased to report that our income has exceeded our outgoings. This is achieved by our continual monitoring of our expenses, applying for grants to cover some of our new projects and several generous donations. Worryingly, though, our regular income has decreased after showing a gradual increase over the past two years. Is now a good time to review your regular contributions? If everyone who contributes by bank standing order, or is a member of our regular envelope scheme, were to increase their contributions by £1 each week (£5 per calendar month), this would increase our Jarrow Parish income by £7,800 per year – which would make a substantial difference. The PCC have pledged to increase our Parish Share for 2018 to £30,000 (an increase of £1,900). Living generously and giving generously are both significant to our Christian witness, and without which growth will be restricted. Let us encourage one another in generosity. Diane Jamieson, Hon. Treasurer, Jarrow PCC.
What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade has been in the news again recently, and sometimes gets a negative press. ‘I don’t like Fair Trade’ is a comment regularly heard. From the FairTrade website their definition is ‘trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.’ ‘Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.’ This applies to many products imported into this country, e.g. coffee, tea, chocolate (the ones we always think of) but also flowers, cotton, sugar, bananas and many, many more. There are many different blends and brands of FairTrade coffees and teas to choose from, and the taste has nothing to do with whether it is fairly traded or not. So we are trying out some brands and blends, looking for the ones most enjoyed. So let’s give it a chance! Buying products with the FairTrade mark is a way of standing up for justice. We are now buying FairTrade sugar centrally, so if you havedonated sugar in the past, thank you for all you have given, and please continue by giving a little extra in the plate to fund the central purchase