It still fulfils that role today, a peaceful haven in an ever busier world. As a Grade 1 listed building it enjoys a setting of particular importance. For many people St Oswald’s has always been there, and the assumption is that it will always be there. But ever increasing costs mean that we can no longer take the church for granted. Contrary to what many people think, churches do not get any support from the state and buildings such as St Oswald’s are hugely expensive to maintain. Money also has to be found to meet the regular running costs such as heating, lighting and general maintenance as well as funding our local ministry.
Should you wish to make a regular contribution to the running costs of the church our treasurer would be pleased to hear from you. You can download a Standing Order form or collect one from the church and return it to your bank, letting the treasurer know that you’ve done so. If you are a UK tax payer you might like to complete a Gift Aid form so that the church can reclaim tax on your donation. This should be returned to the treasurer.
Another way of supporting the upkeep of St Oswald’s is by joining the 100 club.
The way it works is that we collect £1 a week from you which you can pay either as an annual lump sum of £52 or by standing order at the rate of £13 per quarter. You will be allocated a membership number. Each month two numbers are drawn. The first receives a prize of £70, the second receives £30. The remainder of the proceeds go to the church. You may individually hold more than one number and indeed, past winners have often had multiple holdings. It really is as simple as that.
If you’d like to join the 100 club you can download the form or pick one up in church and return it to Keith Phillips at the address given. If you have any queries you can ring Keith on 01270 878259 or on his mobile 07973 900032
The 100 Club has already raised £15,000 to help keep our historic church open and makes a huge difference to our resources, so please do support us. You’ll find more details of what we are working towards at the moment on the Current Projects page.