We have a big vision for our church. We want to see 700 people on a discipleship journey with Jesus by 2025 with our town buzzing with stories of transformed lives. An end to drug addiction, depression lifted, amazing parenting, purposeful young people, people being helped into jobs and so much more. This is going to take all of us to get there and is going to mean making use of our wonderful resources. Some of our key resources are our buildings, places that have provided hope for years and which are firmly part of our town’s character. They can increasingly be places that bring people together and help them be led into the transforming love of Jesus.
One of our key projects is the redevelopment of St Paul’s Church. When it reopens St Paul’s could be home to a bigger parent and tots group, parent and tots church, a café, mental health support groups, new church plants, youth activities and much much more. The total cost of the first phase of the redevelopment is £573,000 which is a HUGE amount and can be a bit overwhelming when you think about raising it. However thanks to some generous community members, some well written funding forms and the generosity of God we’ve so far raised £505,193. That leaves £70k for us to raise in this 1st phase of the redevelopment. That may seem a lot but it’s the last 12%!!
So how are we going to raise that £70k? The answer is by all of us playing our part.
We are setting the challenge of raising that money by June 2021 and we aim to have as much fun doing it as we can! Are you in?
Some people may want to do something as a family, some people may choose to work together as a connect group, others may have another plan.
Whatever you get up to we are so excited to hear the stories, creativity and fun that people have as we work towards this target.
It might seem like raising money for the church is a crazy idea in a pandemic but our town is going to need, more than ever, to know that Jesus is on their side and wants to see their lives made whole. For us to offer our best to the town we are going to need our resources to be in the best shape and what a wonderful message to our community to be able to offer them a space that will continue to support them and their families for the next 100 years as we look to a world post-pandemic.
In the next few pages you will see all sorts of ideas and advice for how to make sure your fundraising idea gets off the ground and is really successful. If you think something is missing or have any questions then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might be bursting with fundraising ideas and ready to go. Or you may be struggling to think what you could do so here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing…
- Perhaps your family want to do a sponsored walk around the circumference (or equivalent) of Widnes (13 miles) and pray for all the people you’re walking around.
- Maybe you can use lockdown to clear your cupboards and sell unwanted things on ebay or CDs on Music Magpie / Ziffit
- As a connect group hold an online pub quiz
- Hold a virtual afternoon tea with sandwiches and cake dropped off beforehand
- Organise an auction of gifts and promises
- Collect unused mobile phones and devices and sell them to a recycling company
Feel free to get as creative as you like and involve whoever you can. Whether you raise £10, £1,000 or £10,000 it all adds up and together we can totally smash that target!
OUR CURRENT FUNDRAISERS…
- Steve is doing a sponsored weight loss – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-shuttleworth
- Pete is spending Easter Saturday on a sponsored walk – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-smith154
- Penny is selling cakes (yummy!!) – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/widnescakes
- Transform Tots and Transform Kids are doing a sponsored 100 mile scoot and cycle – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/transformkidsonwheels
- Adam is planning a sponsored 12 hour worship session – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Adam-Sowerby1
- Sharon is running from Runcorn to St Johns Church! – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sharon-roberts44
- Margaret is knitting all sorts of dolls. To order then you can email her on email@example.com or call her on 0151 422 9345
So you’ve got a great idea and are raring to go, what next?
Contact a member of our fundraising support team who will make sure your idea is officially signed up and can be promoted as widely as possible. They will also check your idea is in line with the current COVID guidance we need to follow to keep everyone safe. Fill in the form to get in touch!
Set up a fundraising page on JustGiving and choose St Paul’s Church Widnes as the charity you wish to support. If online fundraising feels beyond you then our fundraising support team can help you out. They can also help you out if you prefer collecting money the old fashioned offline way!
Promote your idea! The fundraising support team can give you various resources to help you promote your activity, these include sponsorship forms, posters and online adverts.
Run your event! Make sure you take lots of pictures (get permission if they involve other people) and we’ll use them to inspire others in their fundraising.
The fundraising support team will get in touch to see how it went and make sure all the details are recorded on the website and your total is added to our ST PAUL’S FUNDRAISING update.