Plans were announced in October drawn up by the PCC for the use of the Beryl Ikin Bequest in our Vision 20×22: We had already said that standing order & gift aid forms were now available. After meeting on 24th November, together with members of Betley PCC, when we had an inspiring address from Laura Edwards. Diocesan Evangelism Enabler (0 – 12), the PCC has now definitely decided to go ahead and a job description is being completed, for advertisement in the Spring. We already had 17 pledges and more came in after the service. We now ask those who have pledged to go ahead and set up standing orders please for January 2022 onwards. Paper copies are available in church and you can of course set up the standing order online if you wish – you can also download the mandate and gift aid undertaking here:
If you already have a gift aid agreement with All Saints’ of course you will not need to do this again, but will anyone else please complete this and give to Lynn Knight. If you have an existing standing order to the church, we do ask you to make Vision 20×22 an additional payment, and not to add this amount to your regular giving – this is to ensure that all funds, including gift aid from the government, given for this important new venture, and interest earned, are attributed to the Ikin Fund and not used for any other purpose.
Tim announced in October our intention to appoint a part-time Children, Youth and Families Minister. Our hope is that whoever is appointed will spend time helping us to develop and support what already exists, such as Sunday Kids and assembly links with schools. But we also want whoever is appointed to explore new opportunities and avenues for mission and engagement with children, youth and families within our communities.
This is such an exciting opportunity – made even more exciting by our intention to create an ongoing role, not one limited to two or three years of funding but one that is given space and time to develop.
To make this happen we are very blessed to be able to use the incredibly generous Beryl Ikin bequest to part-fund the post. So that we can make this role the best that it can be, we are also seeking to part-fund the post from our congregations and beyond.
In a giant step of faith as a key part of our 20×22 vision we are looking for 22 people to support the project by £20 per month. We know this is a big ask, but rather than only funding the role through the bequest (which would limit the time of the role) we want to build up that sense of partnership that occurs when people are spiritually, emotionally and of course financially invested in a project.
This is such a wonderful opportunity and we’d be delighted to hear from individuals or organizations who would like to explore how to make this happen.
The PCC plans to use all of this hugely generous bequest to help others, and not spend any on the church building or running costs – £50k to support this exciting new work in the community and £5k to meet our commitment to use 10% of our income for outside giving.