Raising the roof!
If you've been to an in-person event at Cale Green recently, you must have noticed the scaffolding around the entrance! Contractors are currently carrying out major renewal work on the flat roof to that side of the building. The roof has been badly leaking for some time and the ensuing investigations have revealed that the roof work done when the building was first renovated for us was of a poor standard.
The cost of fixing this is significant, in excess of £20,000. We can fully meet this cost from our financial reserves, but like any money that is set aside, once it's gone, it's gone. We already know that other parts of the flat roof will need renewing in the next year or two, making even more demands on the limited reserves that we have. And in the meantime, the regular income and running costs of the church mean that we cannot add to reserves regularly. In fact we often dip into reserves in a modest way, but only when authorised by the trustees.
Since 360Life Church is legally a charity, we are expected by the Charities Commission to maintain a base level of financial reserves for a rainy day. Only reserves on top of that may be used for things like building repairs and to resource new areas of ministry and outreach.
The bottom line is this: we are spending a lot of money on essential repairs and more spending is coming down the track. We are depleting our financial reserves as a result and in the longer term, this will limit our ability as a church to seize opportunities for outreach and ministry.
If you would like to make a one-off, extra gift to the church to help cover the costs for this roof, you can either
- make an online payment
from your bank account to the church bank account. If you already give by standing order, you may find that your bank already lists the church in your payee list when you use Internet banking. If you need to know the details for the church bank account, please speak to one of the Leadership Team or to the treasurer, Viktorija Faigt.
Please remember to put a reference code on your online payment: "roof" or use "roofga" if you want us to claim Gift Aid on this donation.
- give by text message
Text 360ROOF followed by your donation amount to 70460 to give that specified amount. Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.
These are different details from those used for "regular" giving by text.
We are always grateful for your regular, faithful giving to the church. It is giving to God that flows out of your worship.
If you do decide to give to the Lord an extra offering for the roof, we will certainly praise God for your generosity. If you decide not to, we thank you for prayerfully considering it. Either way, we thank God for your participation in the body of Christ.