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Dear friends,

 

I write this having just conducted a funeral in church on one of the hottest June days on record. On a day like today it’s hard to remember just how cold it can feel in the winter, and just how cold it can be in church – even with the heating on – when the mercury falls. It certainly wouldn’t be possible to sit in short sleeves shirts in January and say Evening Prayer, as Brian, our Reader, and I will be doing at 5.30pm this evening.

 

Some of you reading this will have recently taken part in a short survey carried out in church. The questions were largely asked to supply us with some evidential comments and statements. These were to add to another application for a grant towards the new heating system that we’ve already had designed for the church, and which the Diocesan Advisory Committee has agreed to allow us to install.(The last grant we applied for wasn’t granted)

 

65 people filled in one of the anonymous questionnaires and returned them and 100% said they were supportive of plans to install a new heating system in St Martin’s. One person commented ‘yes, if we get financial help from the diocese’. Whoever it was is obviously not aware that we get no financial support from the diocese for anything in the parish: all the money required for the parish share and for our own bills comes from our own efforts at fundraising and direct giving, as well as through fees from weddings and funerals etc. We don’t have any significant capital reserves at St Martin’s, and so it would only be through fundraising, a generous financial gift or through grant aid that we’d be able to afford the cost of installing a new system.

 

Up to now, the PCC has earmarked over £6,000 towards the project, mainly made up of monies from two bequests to St Martin’s made last year. However, this is less than one fifth of the cost and grant applications are the only really viable option open to us if we want to complete this project.

 

The current boiler and Victorian pipe-work were never designed to heat the building to more than around 16 degrees Celsius. The heating system we’ve had designed for us will ultimately be better for our church in a number of ways. These include: heating the building to a higher temperature, being more flexible (it will have a thermostat and individually controlled radiators), warming the building up more quickly, being more energy efficient and being saving money on the bills, as well as having additional radiators in areas where there are currently none (i.e. around the altar and in the balcony). Half of all respondents to the questionnaire said that there have been days when they’ve been tempted not to come to church for worship or events because it’s likely to be cold, and 87% replied that the heating is not satisfactory on cold days.

 

 

The new system is designed to minimise the visual impact of the new radiators and pipes – most of the pipe-work will run beneath the existing grilles and the radiators will be colour-matched to their individual locations (against stone walls or wood-panelling). The Victorian radiators will probably remain in situ as ‘decorative history’. If anyone is really interested to see what the plans for the new system are like, please ask and we can show you them.

 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sue Howard and her husband Trevor who have done most of the hard work on past and current applications for grants, and for the assistance that our churchwardens, Audrey and Margaret have given them. Please keep the process of grant-applications in your prayers and be assured that, in these hot days, we haven’t forgotten about working towards providing better for the cold ones of the future!

 

With my prayers for you all in the coming weeks of summer,

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The Methodist Covenant Prayer

 

I am no longer my own but yours.

Put me to what you will,

rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing, put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,

exalted for you or brought low for you.

Let me be full, let me be empty,

let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

 to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours.

So be it.

And the covenant made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

 

"BE PREPARED"  Our Lord tells us that he will come again... but he doesn't say when!  For over 2000 years people have been waiting but it could be tomorrow!

 
 

  

St Martin's Church, Church Lane,  Ashton-upon-Mersey,  Sale,  Cheshire ,    M33 5QQ  

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