FINANCIAL SITUATION 2018/2019

In response to the third challenge of our Interim Minister’s March message to “Pray”, “Participate”, and “Pay”, our Finance Committee has produced a Financial Statement produced below which sets before us exactly where we, as a congregation, stand financially at the start of 2019. It also gives indication of the sort of action required now to place us where we should be financially in order to carry out the ongoing work of Christian worship and witness in our Parish and in our town. Please read it thoughtfully.

Management Accounts (unaudited) for year to 31/12/18 show an underlying deficit of £11,601 as follows:-

General Fund -£2,360

Renovation 14 Fund -£1,972

Fabric Fund -£7,269

Total -£11,601

The costs charged to the Renovation 14 Account relate to improvements in the Hall, and to the Fabric Fund, and repairs to our three properties.

Going into 2019 our funds are therefore reduced by this amount. In 2018, the income from members’ giving to the Church fell by 3.6% (-£2,900), and so we are unable to replenish these Reserves from the General Account.

Our budget for 2019 shows another deficit of -£9,087.

This clearly is a position that we cannot allow to continue, and I am asking you as members, to assist in rectifying the situation by reviewing your contribution to the Church.

An increase of 12.5% in giving would produce the extra £10,000 we need to cover the 2019 deficit and allow us to move forward with God’s work .

We plan further fund-raising exercises during the year of which I advise later.

Thank You.

Bill Borthwick. (On behalf of Finance Committee 13/2/19).
 

CHRISTIAN AID

Christian Aid Week will soon be upon us and is from 12th – 18th May. The house to house collection is our greatest fundraiser so volunteers for this task are most important. Help is urgently needed with this. In addition we need helpers to count the money on Monday 20th from 9.30am onwards. Lunch is provided and 2 or 3 people are needed to make soup for these helpers. The Half Marathon is at the end of May and at least one person to walk it on our behalf is needed to keep up our new tradition. Mary Newton will again be doing her famous tea for us. Details to follow. In addition any new ideas are welcome. If you can help in any way please contact me.

Many thanks.

Linda Kinnell 
 

TIME FOR COFFEE

For those who like to fill their diaries in advance, here is the list of World Church Coffee Mornings till the end of the year:- 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 1st June and 6th July. Then a summer gap till 14th September, 5th October & 2nd November. If you haven't been before come and enjoy real, not instant coffee, tea and home made cakes and scones. You will also find a very social atmosphere. You will be supporting a range of charities, beginning in March with Mary's Meals.

Thank You.

Margaret Hughes
 

'MURDER ON CUE'

Kirkcudbright Parish Players present : ‘Murder on Cue’. In a home for retired actors, with a blizzard blowing outside, one of the residents is murdered! Everyone has a motive, but who is guilty? Can you solve the murder mystery? Come and see “Murder on Cue”. Coffee and tea will be served at the interval. Performances: Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale in March at Thomson’s Newsagents.
 

TAKE YOUR PARTNERS

Some of or Church members who formerly attended our Wednesday afternoon Fellowship meetings (currently on hold as we seek new leaders!) benefit from attending the Kirkcudbright Senior Citizens Friendship Group, which organises a number of entertainment and educational events throughout the year. In order to raise funds for an outing to Dumfries House, they are holding a fund-raiser dance (all age) at Arden House on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm. The event is to be called : “Spring in to Spring Dance” and it will be accompanied by entertainment. Tickets cost a very reasonable £5 per person, and that includes tea or coffee plus a traybake. If you wish more information, or would like to book a ticket, please get in touch with Helen Agnew.
 

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