Treasurer's note

Money in, money out…..

Huge thanks to friends near and far who have been kind enough to send a contribution to our bank to support our work. It will be lovely when we have a chance to hold out an offering plate again but special appreciation for those remembering Heath Street in the meantime (and contributions still very welcome of course).

Being very aware of the enormous difficulties some churches have been encountering since Covid-19 hit us all for six, the Deacons agreed a month or so back to make a donation of £500 from Heath Street to the London Baptist Association’s Home Mission Fund. This fund nationally aims to support three things: missional initiatives in local churches and projects; regional associations supporting churches in mission and ministry; and the national resource, the Specialist Teams, based at Baptist House in Didcot. We made our contribution towards the first of these, directed to the London Region.

We had a nice thank-you letter from Rev. Phil Barnard, Regional Minister, Team Leader for London telling us about the sort of work being supported:

"In terms of mission projects, the LBA continues to support various initiatives right across the capital which are making a real difference to people’s lives: from Messy Church at Deep Water Baptist Church in Hayes (Kent) to a vibrant Community Outreach project in Mill Hill. Home Mission also funds our internship programme where, this year, we have three young adults gaining experience in Christian leadership through involvement in the LBA, Spurgeon’s and the local church. These are good news stories indeed - facilitated by your generous giving."

Since the local papers were quick to share the news a few weeks back of a fire in our next-door building, occupied by Heathside School, may I reassure you that no-one was hurt, the damage was well-contained by prompt action by the fire service, and our insurers are promising to cover most of the cost of putting things right. There was even a new experience involved when we found ourselves commissioning a pilot to manoeuvre a drone over the building to take pictures to help our surveyor be sure that the fire had not licked up through the roof covering. (It hadn’t, but we found a few slipped slates!)

In "normal" times Léonie and Godfrey of the wonderful Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead are frequent attenders at Sunday worship and Godfrey has played the harmonica for twice-weekly Old Time Nursery sessions for a long time. They need our help: this important, independent theatre, part of Hampstead life since the late ‘60s, has no funding except box office revenue, and that has been out of the question since the start of lockdown. Léonie still has to find the rent for the premises over the Horseshoe pub and has work to pay for on the lighting rig and other maintenance before being able to reopen. She has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £8,000 and is already over halfway but still needs contributions large and small to keep afloat. See the campaign at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-pentameters-theatre

With love and best wishes,

Gaynor Humphreys

gaynor@eandghumphreys.plus.com


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