Christian Stewardship, April 1970

Stuart Billington

Last year the Rector reported as the next major undertaking a Christian Stewardship Campaign.
This started quietly with articles on “Time”, “Talents” and “Money” in the Parish News by members of the congregation, with a summing up article by the Rector in the September issue.
During this time plans continued to be made, and a twelve page brochure explaining the campaign and the meaning of Christians Stewardship was designed and printed.
The ladies on the committee, supported by many willing helpers, personally delivered invitations to nearly 250 parishioners, and as a result, our social gathering on November 7th was attended by 145 and missed by more than 40 others who would have attended but for another engagement.
Our thanks are due to the Women’s Fellowship for the high standard of hospitality and to the hostesses who helped to establish the friendly atmosphere.
It was the sincere response apparent at this gathering which first led us to realise that the campaign was already achieving results.
When the Visitors were commissioned by the Bishop of Lewes two days later, they were well prepared for their task of visiting over 150 houses. This task was not as formidable as had first been thought, and after the first one or two visits we found ourselves looking forward to meeting new acquaintances.
The results of the campaign have been published in the Parish News. Not only have they been most encouraging, but the first few months have seen almost 100% fulfilment of the pledges made.
Although the campaign was concluded on Advent Sunday 1969, Christian Stewardship in the Parish is not just a newly established feature to be taken for granted, and the committee continues in existence to maintain and extend its application.
The first quarterly report to members has been distributed with the notice of the Annual General Meeting, and we hope to send them regularly in the future.

(Extract from Annual Parochial Church Meeting, 7th of April 1970)


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