We are asking you to please change the way you support us – June 2020

Giving by Standing Order has been a good way to make gifts to the church for many years, and it certainly is a more efficient and effective way to give to the church than using the old envelope system.  It also avoids the health risks that will now be associated with using cash.  We are grateful that you have chosen to support your church using a Standing Order but we are now asking you to change, and to register to a Gift Direct scheme.

Please use this link to Register:   Gift Direct

The code that identifies the Parish Church is A702P.

The reasons for encouraging a move to Gift Direct over using Standing Orders are:

  • It removes a huge administrative burden from our churches of having to claim gift aid.  It is getting harder to find people willing to take on the task of Gift Aid Secretary.
  • It improves cash flow to the church, making receipts more frequent and reliable.  In most churches, the gift aid from Standing Orders is claimed annually, and sometimes not for several years.  Using Gift Direct the gift aid is claimed on every eligible gift each month.  This means that in addition to the gift, the treasurer knows that the tax will be received and can plan accordingly.
  • Gift Direct offers the opportunity for the donor to choose to raise their gift in line with the RPI each year.  This keeps the gift up to date and means that the donor’s original intention continues.  Many Gift Aid Secretaries report that Standing Orders that were set up to reflect a generous gift have not altered for many years, effectively reducing the size of the gift year on year.
  • Even without choosing the RPI increase option, the annual summary of giving from the Gift Direct team encourages people to faithfully consider their gift, and to choose to increase or decrease it as their circumstances allow.
  • Although many Standing Orders are generous, our data shows that people who give by Gift Direct tend to give at a higher rate.  The average gift from a Standing Order is £20 per month.  Those signing up to Gift Direct average £50 per month.  We believe that this is not because the users of Gift Direct are more generous, but because they have had the opportunity to prayerfully consider their gift before signing up to the scheme.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Messy Church on Zoom – at 10.00am Sunday 31st May 2020

Join us on Sunday 31st May at 10.00am, whatever your age, for a simple act of worship lasting 30-40 minutes. We hope that you will also join us in making crafts; a great way to having fun and being creative – you will need to have ready:

  • A white paper plate and 1 white sheet of A4 paper
  • Scissors
  • Red, orange and yellow colours (paint or felt pens) and 1 pencil.
  • Glue dots or cellotape.
  • 2 pieces of string.

The Zoom web link will be published on the St Asaph Messy Church Facebook page on Saturday 30th May. If you are not on Facebook, please use this page’s  “contact us” email to request access.

 

Learning and Craft work during Messy Church on Zoom – 17th May

Messy Church Under Lockdown!

Messy  Church     at 9.00am Sunday 03rd May 2020

This is the Link = https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79389091895?pwd=QlNWQjhWUXFyZkZrcG1NU3piN2k0QT09

If prompted, the password is      8xtN6w

 

The closure of school buildings, schools, and banning of groups of people because of coronavirus affected us all in many ways; some good and some definitely not. The changes have mandated a creative approach to keeping in touch and delivering Messy Church and Messy Church Holiday Club.

During Holy week, the Easter story was told in daily episodes and shared on St Asaph’s Messy Church Facebook page (www.facebook.com/St-Asaph-Messy-Church-235405193581759) together with crafts and puzzles to try at home.

However, this doesn’t allow for real time interaction, which is the joy of Messy Church, today’s ‘breaking news’ is that we are going to attempt ‘Messy Church via Zoom’ on Sunday 03rd May at 9.00am. You do NOT need to sign up for a Zoom account.

If you would like to join us; the link for the Sunday’s session will be posted on this page at 6.00pm on Saturday 02nd May.

    Messy  Church        at 9.00am Sunday 03rd May 2020

Do join us if you can; 9.00am is early for Sunday, so children’s pyjamas are allowed!