James continues to monitor our financial progress in the current emergency. Income was the focus in our last bulletin. This week we look at expenditure?

James writes: “Costs remain under close control. We are realising the savings allowed for in our Covid financial model – namely in terms of travel, hospitality, cost of services, printing and stationery. These are the sorts of things you would expect would reduce when physical services in church are compromised.”

PCC had always intended to pay Catherine her full salary for as long as possible after the furlough scheme ended, even if her hours reduced. It was the right thing to do. The fact that Catherine has found a new job and that Sharon and Carol are helping voluntarily with admin will reduce those costs greatly. We thank them both.

July was a brilliant month for income. But let’s not forget it was an exceptional one. We are not out of the woods yet. There is a long way to go. Let’s take heart and renew our commitment in giving, knowing God is with us. We aim to get Canon Godfrey Kasana back on the road very soon after a bad car accident. As others have given to us, we want to pass that blessing on.

God will ensure we do not suffer for our generosity.

All churches face severe financial pressure at this time. Income both from giving and lettings in St. John’s in July gave us a lot to be thankful for. But July was an exceptional month.

Our faithful and regular giving as a church is the key to our financial stability.