From the desk of Rev. Jason Prisley,
As a parish family, we have been generously blessed by God in so many different ways and have been able to further share that blessing with the wider Stouffville community for almost 140 years. That’s amazing. In a world of constant change, Christ Church’s steady presence in Stouffville is proof of God’s blessing on our parish community.
Just as I’m sure each of you are, I’m so proud to be a member of this dynamic and active parish, knowing that what Christ Church has accomplished is the result of God’s consistent and generous blessing on us.
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift,
is from above, coming down from the Father”
Addressing Our Financial Challenge
At our 2018 annual vestry meeting we discussed challenges related to a reduction of income from the Christ Church daycare and other financial shortcomings which we need to address.
As a parish we stepped up to this financial challenge in a number of ways, including:
- A commitment from ministry leaders and office staff to reduce discretionary expenses wherever possible
- Examining and reworking daycare oversight and marketing
- Putting a focus on fundraising
- Increasing parishioner donations by at least 10%
As we come into the summer months, we are approximately at the halfway point of our year, and while we are seeing good progress in ongoing expense management and are humbled by the financial generosity of our parishioners, our financial situation requires additional focus.
As of the June 2018 our year-to-date donations fell short of our operating expenses by approximately $22,000.
Additionally, while we continue to look at ways to address the daycare income challenges, we have also been hit with unexpected costs related to insurance deductibles following the damage from the recent ice storm and are also faced with the need for significant roof repairs and other ongoing building maintenance projects. Needless to say, short-term cash flow challenges and the ongoing financial sustainability of Christ Church are matters which we prayerfully need to consider.
I see a wonderful opportunity for Christ Church Stouffville to flourish in the years to come. We have started the processes of developing a long-term parish growth strategy, recognizing that finances are only one aspect of a healthy church, but we do need to come to terms with the immediate financial realities facing our parish.
For those of you who have already answered the call made at vestry for increased donations I want to extend heartfelt thanks on behalf of myself and all the members of Christ Church. Your continued financial contributions to Christ Church are a testament to your gratitude of God’s many blessings upon our parish.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
We Give Because God Gave First
Our parish positively impacts the lives of so many people, both members of our active parish family as well as the wider Stouffville community. In additional to weekly worship services, baptisms, weddings and funerals, our church property is host to many community groups such as Girl Guides and Brownies, and is also the venue for concerts, entertainment functions and recreational sports leagues.
Please take the time to explore the various ministries featured below and all the wonderful events that are scheduled over the next few months.
Christ Church Stouffville is a home to our parish where our Christian faith is proclaimed and lived out in many varied and wonderful ways, we need your continued support to serve the community and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ
The Rev. Jason Prisley