Just before Christmas I met with the newly appointed Diocesan Fundraiser, Kelly Tattersall, who will be helping St Margaret’s raise the necessary funds to renew the hall, kitchen and lavatories. One of the better ways of approaching grant making bodies is to demonstrate that the applicant, in this case St Margaret’s Parish has consulted with the Community about the use of the Church’s assets. This is best achieved by holding an open meeting to show what the Church wishes to achieve, and to invite all existing hall users to make their views known about the hall and complex as a whole.
There will be two categories - one local charity and the other overseas. The timeline for applying and consideration of potential charites is:
Sunday 27th January - application forms will be available
Sunday 10th February - project applications submitted to the Pastoral Council for consideration
Sunday 17th February - presentation to Parish by the 4 shortlisted charities after the 10.30am
Sunday 24th February - announcement of selected charities
If you would like your child to join our team of Youth Readers please let Fr Peter know. They will be required to participate in some training before they can be included on the rota.
The Parish Celebrations
May I firstly thank everybody who was so generous over the Christmas period, both with regard to the Christmas collection that will help make up my annual allowance, and with the many presents too – though I plan to pace myself with the drinks!
The Alpha Course will continue next year on Mondays at the Harris & Hoole Café opposite St Margaret of Scotland Church. It will consist of 12 sessions starting on 21st January starting at 7.30pm.
For more details please contact Jean in the parish office.
The Collection taken at Christmas is your offering to the clergy of the Parish and together with the Easter offerings, Mass stipends and stole fees make up the annual amount which is then transferred to the Parish Priest on monthly instalments with income tax and NI contribution deducted.
Over recent yars the annual total has fallen short of the recommended amount of £9,500 allowed by the diocese, so your generosity this Christmas will be greatly appreciated.
Christmas Offering envelopes are on the pews this weekend please take one for your offering.
We need volunteers to provide a hot meal, for our Homeless Guests on Sunday 30th December at 12.00 noon. We also need volunteers to help on the day. Can you help?
If so, please sign up on the list provided on the noticeboard in the narthex.
Please remember to bring your UNWRAPPED Angel gifts back no later than 6.30pm on Sunday 16th December.
There are still a few Angels left – if you were not here last week please take an Angel - which has details of a person who will probably not receive a gift this Christmas. If you have any questions then please call Catherine or Angie (who are co-ordinating for the Angel Tree this year) on 07762522877 or 07717473160
If you are sick or housebound and would like to go to n Confession and receive Holy Communion this Christmas; Fr Peter will be happy to visit you.
Please contact the Parish Office 0202 8892 3902 as soon as possible to arrange a time.
Also if there is a parishioner you have not seen recently at Mass and feel they may not be well please convey this to Fr Peter on the above number and he will endeavour to make enquiries about their situation
Last week Judith Burman and I met to discuss the future of the allotments in the Church garden and we hope that there might be some families willing to take over some of the plots.
The produce has been sold after Mass and the income donated to Cafod. They have been going for ten years, the project having been initiated by Fr Jeremy Trood.
There are 12 plots and we thought that to encourage parishioners to take up the plots and sell the produce. Four of the plots would be offered for private use to those wishing to cultivate the others for the Parish's and Cafod's benefit.