With the worst of Covid in retreat and in the face of the financial challenges that St George’s, like all churches, confronts the leadership of St George’s (the PCC) has been considering where our Mission in Donnington should point.
Father James has written to everyone who is actively involved in our church (you can see the letter here), but we are conscious that St George’s fills a place in Donnington beyond our church doors. So we are encouraging everyone to play a part in considering “where next for St George’s?”
In his letter Father James talks about our church’s lockdown activity which, we believe, has shown St George’s in a different and more approachable light. Few would deny that we have made a difference and filled a place in leading the community’s response. We have planted a flag in the space where Faith and Non-Faith meet and that experience suggests there is even more we can do to help create a loving community.
Preserving that role comes at a price and, as a small Parish, we are very much at risk from financial pressures. For a number of years we have managed to balance our books because St George’s priest also works as Hospice Chaplain. Those duties are set to expand and will in consequence be funded by the Hospice. Father James will remain very much part of the Donnington scene, but more of his duties will need to be done by volunteers.
We welcome feedback from across the community on our plan. The 2 key questions are a) what has lockdown taught us about life in Donnington these past 20 months and b) what positives do we want to carry into the future.
To give feedback you can drop a line to Father James at the Vicarage in Graydon Avenue or email your thoughts to [email protected] Or even better, come along to the Saturday morning hub at the Hall between 10 and 12 and speak to a member of the PCC.