– Supporting the benefice –
As you can imagine, with four medieval church buildings to maintain and care for as well as resourcing the current work of ministry and mission, the Church has an expensive task which we work hard to meet responsibly. We receive no central funding and so are totally dependent on those who, like yourself, are generous enough to be interested in helping us.
Please consider making a donation to our work here, however small. We are grateful for anything you can give and if you are able to Gift Aid your donation or to give monthly by direct debit that would be especially appreciated. Regular giving makes the world of difference to us as we are able to budget sensibly and make the very best use of the resources available to us.
If you would like to help us in some other way, please get in touch with the Rector.
Just Giving Page
– Flower Arranging –
St Augustine’s is blessed with a team of wonderful people – not all ladies! – who give their time, flowers and talents to decorating the church. Not all are regular worshippers. Some are professionals; some have worked in churches far grander and more demanding than ours. Others (like me) are rank amateurs, learning as we go. Yet I think that all of us get great enjoyment from the experience. Whether our arrangements are simple or splendid, what matters is that we celebrate our faith through flowers.
Some of our volunteers offer to provide church flowers for two Sundays, once a year (somegenerous people take two slots). Others help decorate the church for the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Harvest. Many do both.
For the most part the flower arrangers provide their own flowers but the big displays on the screen and behind the altar at Easter are paid for by the Flower Fund. Every year, people in the congregation contribute generously to the cost of the Easter flowers, often in memory of someone they love. But these donations alone are not always sufficient to cover the cost of the flowers and the Oasis bricks that we need, and from time to time we top up the fund by holding a coffee morning.
As Judith Blacklock writes in her book ‘Church Flowers’, Sometimes people are reluctant to join the rota of arrangers on the grounds that they are ‘not good enough’…[but] they are doing the work as a service to their church and to the glory of God and not as participants in a floral art competition. Whatever you are able to do, it will be appreciated and admired. If you are interested in joining the team, please give me a call.
Anne Pappenheim Tel: 01235 835 014