Treasurer's note

Thanks to all the Church members who rallied round at a special meeting in January which agreed that we should proceed with changing the legal status of the Church so that we can apply to register as a charity and take advantage of a governance structure which limits the liability of Deacons and members should anything go wrong in the management of the building or in the life of the church. As well as all the members present agreeing to this change we had the informal approval of other members, both those temporarily away and others who live at too great a distance to get to services.

The resolutions passed at the meeting gave the Deacons the responsibility of making the change happen. We have an agreed new constitution, which should not mean any significant change in the policies and practice used at Heath Street. For the next few months it will seem that nothing much is happening, but the Deacons will be working on applying to the Charity Commission for registration and then dealing with an awful lot of paperwork as, purely technically, we have to 'close' Heath Street Baptist Church and 'reopen' Heath Street Baptist Church and you can be sure that our bank and investment managers and any other bodies we have a formal relationship with will make a meal of that!

Money matters

Waking from Sleep, our special event of Christmas words and music, raised money for Panzi Hospital which is based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It functions as a general hospital for the local population, but is mostly known for its support for survivors of sexual violence and women suffering from complex gynaecological conditions such as obstetric fistula. We sent a contribution to the Panzi Foundation in early 2017 and we have about £450 to contribute from this recent fundraising.

We have another fundraising campaign going on at the moment – to improve our dingy and rather messy vestibule and make a bright and welcoming entrance to the Church. We hope that all our members and friends, regular and occasional worshippers, and people who enjoy our many weekday activities will want to make a contribution towards the cost, which will be not far short of £20,000 overall including rewiring, new lights, painting, better carpet and all the rest, seen and unseen, to upgrade the space. We have £500 plus Gift Aid from our first donor, and every size of contribution will be welcome, however small (or large!).

Please either put your donation in the Sunday plate or the wooden vestibule contributions box (mark it for the Vestibule and if you are a UK taxpayer please put your name and address with it and your agreement for us to claim Gift Aid which adds 25% at no cost to you). If you prefer to do this by bank transfer, ask me for bank details when you see me or via The more we can raise towards this project the nearer we get to affording to put in the new lift!

With love and good wishes,


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