The Church of England has been celebrating generosity this Autumn – both the generosity of God and the generosity we show to each other and to the church.
The Eucharist service on the 17th October, focussed on the ongoing responsibility of stewardship. At the cathedral, we rely on generosity completely - from our 180+ volunteers who give us their time, skills and experience; from The Friends of Truro Cathedral who fundraise tirelessly on our behalf, and from the congregation and the public through their gifts. Alan Bashforth, Canon Chancellor, thanked everyone who supports the cathedral in different ways, as part of his sermon.
Judith Field, Fundraising Lead, outlined the immediate need to cover running costs such as utilities and salaries, and highlighted the bigger projects that will be the focus of fundraising over the coming months. These are financial security for the choir; making St Mary’s Aisle watertight; improving disability access; upgrading facilities such as chairs and audio-visual equipment; creation care and a programme of arts events.
She outlined three opportunities to help the cathedral:
- Register for Gift Aid whenever and however you choose to donate. For instance, single donations can be made through Just Giving
- Joining the Parish Giving Scheme as a regular giver because is a flexible and secure way to donate, and is cheaper administratively for the cathedral than standing orders or direct debits. Full details are at parishgiving.org.uk, or call 0333 002 1271
- considering remembering the cathedral in your Will, as a way to make a lasting difference and help the cathedral to fund bigger projects such as the recent repairs to the South West Tower.