During October you’ll be hearing quite a lot about Christian giving and the idea of Christian stewardship at All Saints’.  We occasionally talk about money and giving in sermons, and there is always a reflection on our needs at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  But it can be really helpful every few years to think more deeply about our giving – why we give and what we give for.  It can give the opportunity for each of us to review what we give and whether its realistic and generous.

The title and theme of the programme we will follow is ‘Giving in Grace’.  It is the opposite of banging a drum of ‘the church is in desperate need, please give us your coppers’ or of inducing giving out of guilt or obligation.  The keynote is grace – reflecting on God’s grace to us and how that might affect the entire way we look at what we have and how we might graciously in turn give to the work of God today.

I hope that you will find the sermons during October informative and interesting as well as challenging.  Please don’t stay away!  It is only a few weeks and it really is an important topic for all of us to address as we seek to grow as Christians.  Those who are on our electoral roll or parish database, including current planned givers, will all be receiving a personal letter and leaflet – and there will be plenty of copies for anyone not on these lists.  Do give the literature your attention and reply in the confidential envelopes before or on 4th November.  Thank you.

On 4th November, as we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday, we will bring our stewardship programme to a conclusion and give thanks for all God’s blessings past, present and future.  After the Eucharist we will have a potato pie lunch at Enfield Cricket Club (as per last year) and then at 4pm will hold our annual Memorial service for the faithful departed.  Look out for sheets to book for the lunch and to list loved ones departed for inclusion in the list later this month.