Pat Smart passes the baton to Nick Richards, our new treasurer
From our former treasurer …
Well everybody, it is with mixed feelings that I say goodbye as your church treasurer, but family circumstances dictate that, after seven years, it is time for me to step down. I want to thank everyone that has supported, guided, and prayed with me over the years. I have certainly seen some changes, not least the opening of the Link – what a blessing that extension has been to all of our church family – and all the events that took place raising funds in the first instance, and all the events that have and are still taking place to keep the place going.
As you know our church needs your support more than ever at the moment, with the pandemic making fundraising events very difficult at this time. But with God’s help and yours, we will come through, different but stronger. I will leave Nick Richards, our new treasurer, to tell you how … God Bless in your giving. He really, really loves a cheerful giver.
Pat Smart, former treasurer
From our new treasurer …
Hi, I am Nick Richards, your new treasurer. My wife Carol and our three children have been coming to St Saviour’s since we moved to Bournemouth in 2011. Our daughter Katy is now away at university, and our sons Oliver and James are in sixth form. You may have met Carol and me serving tea at the back of the church once a month.
I would like to thank Pat for all the help she has given me. Pat and Andy asked me to become treasurer – my tea-serving ability strong enough for them to overlook all the accountants, J.P. Morgan employees, retirees, and more active members of our congregation! (Luke1:48, 16:10)
We do not know when normal services will be resumed and our world is in flux. Meanwhile St Saviour’s is working online, our building requires maintenance, bills need paying as do our staff.
I have been incredibly impressed by everyone’s generosity and I know that those who are able to give will continue to do so. For example, our Harvest Gift Day in October raised £7,034, with a further £1,285 of gift aid to come. Helpfully many people give via the Parish Giving Scheme or by direct debit, and you can now make card payments over the internet or by card reader.
I look forward to when we can all meet again and worship God together.
Nick Richards, treasurer
Many thanks to Pat for her service over many years, and to Nick for his willingness to serve in this capacity.