Stewardship at Christ Church
As we look to 2021, we have learned so much about community and how our parish works. We look forward, whatever 2021 holds, to being an active worshiping community, supporting each other and our ministries, and making a difference in our local community.
As in all other years, we ask you to prayerfully consider a pledge to Christ Church in the coming year. Our budget for 2021 is based on the pledges made this fall.
Never has it been more apparent that we are ONE TOGETHER than this year. As we all navigate the challenges of 2020, we realize that while we may not be physically together, we share so much.
The same is true of programs at Christ Church. Your pledge does not support one thing; it supports ALL Christ Church is and does. The parish is comprised of many parts that all function as a whole—just like you are one member of the parish and help form the community.
Think about the connections:
When the outreach committee chooses a hands-on project for the congregation: The committee works with the clergy and vestry to set it up. The communications coordinator shares information about the event. The youth group and/or Sunday School families find out how they can be involved. Any money raised goes through the bookkeeper. We pray during worship for whatever effort we’re supporting.
Or, when there is a death in the parish, the clergy works with the family and the worship and music folks to arrange the funeral. The communications coordinator prepares bulletins and informs the community. The pastoral care folks ensure the family is taken care of and prayed for. The parish life folks host a reception. The bookkeeper tracks any donations made in honor of the deceased.
2020 was a distinctive & pivotal year of ministry.
We worked to find the best audio/visual solutions for our historic building to provide livestreamed services online.
We provided countless email updates, resources on the website, and Facebook posts to keep the community informed as changes were made.
We continued to work with community partners like CCAP, the Winchester Rescue Mission, and Bright Futures to support children and the homeless in our area.
We made hundreds of pastoral care phone calls to parishioners to ensure everyone is connected to sources of information from the church.
We adapted Christian Formation offerings with Zoom gatherings, a video series for children, and online reflections.
We offered online organ recitals and included music as much as possible in services as it’s an important part of our worship.
The Parish Nurse group has been very active monitoring local health reporting, developing and implementing protocols, offering flu shots, and working with nursing students.
The Finance Committee and Bookkeeper secured a PPP loan , explored other options for financial stability during these uncertain times, and made adjustments to finances accordingly.
The clergy and staff has been working continuously despite the closure of the church and offices.
Please return a pledge card to continue your faithful financial support of our ONE life TOGETHER as Christ Church.
Each fall, we have a stewardship campaign and ask you to make a pledge to Christ Church for the next year. These pledges provides the groundwork for funding all our programs and ministries in the coming year. As much as we are thankful for any gifts given to the church, we cannot use unpledged giving in our planning and budget. That is why pledges are so important.
To understand pledging better as we look forward to our stewardship campaign, we think the following questions and answers might be helpful:
Why pledge at all?
Pledging money to Christ Church, along with giving time and our talents, is one way we can thank God for the many gifts bestowed upon us and a way to share God’s love with others through the ministries of Christ Church.
Is my pledge a binding contract?
No, a pledge is a statement of intent, not a contract. It’s an estimate of giving, made in good faith. It’s not like paying a tax, membership dues, or a mortgage. If at anytime during the year, your finances change where you cannot maintain your pledge, just simply advise the church bookkeeper that you wish to modify your pledge. And, if your financial situation improves, increasing your pledge is always available!
How do I make a pledge?
Pledge cards will be mailed out to members and regular attendees. Cards will also be available online, at the Church Office, and in the church. They can be completed online, mailed to the Church, or dropped in the collection plate.
How much should I pledge?
That decision is always yours, hopefully after prayerful consideration. Christ Church provides a chart with our pledge information to help show you how you can calculate your pledges amount as a proportion or percentage of your annual income. An easy way to start on your way to tithing* is to pledge one hour’s income per week, or one day’s income per month. But there are no rules.
How often should I update my pledge?
While it is easy to just complete a pledge card with the same amount as last year, things change. The annual stewardship campaign allows for an annual review of your finances and provides an opportunity to grow your pledge toward a tithing amount. Every added dollar helps funding the programs and mission of Christ Church.
Is my pledge confidential?
Yes, only the church bookkeeper knows the amount of individual pledges. She prepares quarterly statements that are sent to keep people abreast of their giving throughout the year.
*Traditionally, tithing is giving 10% of your income to the church.
Here is a chart which shows proportional giving from 2% to 15% monthly. If you would like to use an online calculator to evaluate proportional giving options for your family, please visit: http://www.nacba.net/documents/tithe.htm