Numbers at Church in 2018
In 2018 All Saints average Sunday attendance grew from 30.6 adults per Sunday in 2017 to 31.9; child numbers fell slightly from 11.8 to 11.3.
At St Oswald’s average adult Sunday attendance grew from 27.2 to 28.6; and children from 6.5 to 6.6.
Growth in both places was small, but significant. If that were repeated year on year we would soon be a bigger church. Keep praying!
The next Social Church event is a fun quiz at St Oswald’s on Wednesday 13 February 6.30pm, starting off with a “faith supper”. It was great to have more of All Saints with us last time, and this quiz will hopefully include more Saints. Do also invite friends, neighbours and family members.
We heard from the Heritage Lottery fund that they would support All Saints application to restore the metalwork, install lighting in the aisles for exhibitions and pay for a Heritage and Facilities manager to develop use of the building and prepare exhibitions. So they have awarded us the full amount we asked, £58,900! Jonathan Bramley is to be the manager, and he and the committee of Janet Firth and Stephen will be answerable to the PCC.
Churchwardens are not supposed to serve for more than six years; however Maureen Jones has stood for many more years than six, and David Blackwell reaches his six years this Annual Meeting. Please pray for who might succeed Maureen and David in these important roles.