The next two Sundays sees the start of our 2011 Gift Days. In outline in 2011 we're looking to raise £750,000 on top of our regular giving in order to fund a number of projects - more details here.
The first project on the list we want to tackle is making the Kerith Centre more welcoming and accessible. With the Willow Conference we've hosted this week (which by the way was outstanding - huge thanks to everyone who helped us pull it off) I saw again the need to make the building more welcoming and easy to get in to - it will make a huge difference to so much of what we want to do and who we want to be.
The logical time to do the work will be in August, as it will require some pretty major work in the reception area. That means we really need the £345,000 to do all the work by the end of June - I'm praying that a large chunk of that will come in over the next two weeks.
I also wanted to let you know that the offering for Canon Andrew White on Sunday night was just under £4,000. With Gift Aid and a gift from the Mission Tithe we're going to make that up to £5,000.
I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our people - thank you so much to all of you who gave to Andrew White, who give regularly to Kerith and who have already given or are going to give to the Gift Days. Please don't have any anxiety over the Gift Days, or feel under any compulsion. Simply allow Paul's words to the church in Corinth to speak to you:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor 9:6-8)