For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Dear Members of Christ Church, Brampton:
Since March 2020, we have travelled through the unprecedented experience of a global pandemic. Our lives have been altered in dramatic and unexpected ways. Within weeks, we needed to do church differently. While physically distant through the use of technology, we remained relationally close through personal and sustained contact. We worshipped; studied, met and served each other, and our community, with glad and grateful hearts and found new delight in being people of God. We were always open, even when our building was closed.
Now, over two years later, we find ourselves on yet another journey, as we move through the process of “regathering”. At the time of writing, it is anticipated that all Covid-19 restrictions (other than the requirement for clergy, staff and volunteers to be vaccinated) will be lifted by our diocese on June 5.
This year’s Annual Giving theme, We’ve Come This Far by Faith, asks us to reflect on our journey together over the past years of pandemic and to cast our gaze forward to God’s preferred future for Christ Church. Our financial support, in the form of a pledge to the Operating Budget of Christ Church is an essential component of our ability to carry out the work of the church. Over the past year, pledged revenues as well as other offerings were used to provide worship (both In-Person and Online), discipling of children, youth and adults through Sunday School, Youth Group and Adult Studies (topical, books, Alpha, prayer, etc.….) as well as reaching out in love and service to our community. As we turn our focus to the future, we do so secure in the assurance of God’s abiding and steadfast grace, mercy and love.
What a delight to regather, to be with our families, friends, and fellow parishioners; to be able to worship with our voices and bodies and to engage in the important work of rebuilding our gathered congregation. There is much to celebrate and yet there is still much to do. More than ever, expressing our love and gratitude by continuing to pledge, provides our leadership with effective data in budgeting and planning for work we have before us
You have always been so supportive of Christ Church, generously giving of your time, wisdom, experience, passion, and financial resources to sustain and grow our work and ministries. As we begin this year’s We’ve Come This Far by Faith Annual Giving campaign, we hope we can count on your support again.
Since 2006, members of Christ Church have been encouraged to make an annual financial pledge. Some members tithe, committing ten percent of their income to the work and missions of our church. Others give proportionally by committing a certain percentage. Still others give as they are able. What is most important is that everyone supports We’ve Come This Far by Faith in the form of a financial pledge. We ask that you prayerfully consider how you might contribute.
For the above reasons, we ask that you prayerfully consider joining others in our parish family by making a financial pledge this year. Please join others in supporting our congregation as, in faith, we continue walking toward God’s preferred future.
Included with this mailing is a pledge card for Fiscal 2023 (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023). Please prayerfully consider the amount you pledge financially so that Christ Church can continue to walk in faith, sharing God’s love with even more people and making a positive difference in the lives of everyone in our community and beyond. We ask that you return your pledge card by June 5, 2022. (Further information and pledge cards are available here)
If you have any questions, or would like to further discuss making a financial pledge to Christ Church, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.