Recently I attended a helpful training session for curates about "Christian Giving". It was well led by John Preston who is the National Stewardship Officer of the Church of England. One of the many motivational things Preston spoke about was the importance of communicating to the parish the bigger picture of what their giving achieves. So rather than simply saying "we need everyone to give more because we need to pay our bills", Preston urged us to consider emphasising the outcomes of the activities that our giving supports.
I decided to compile a list of our parish activities and then try to describe the outcomes of those activities. It's rather long and may not make for enthralling reading but I thought it was beneficial to engage in this exercise, and I recommend it to others. Here are the results of my efforts:
Activity: Parish Newsletter (delivered house-to-house)
Activity: Saturday drop-in coffee
Outcome: Provides a welcome and hospitality to the community.