Worshippers urged to ease fund deficit

A SENIOR cleric has said worshippers in Suffolk need to do more to help ease an anticipated shortfall in giving from the parishes.The Rev Canon Jim Pendorf, parishes resources officer, spoke out as the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese believes it may be £500,000 short of the £6.

A SENIOR cleric has said worshippers in Suffolk need to do more to help ease an anticipated shortfall in giving from the parishes.

The Rev Canon Jim Pendorf, parishes resources officer, spoke out as the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese believes it may be £500,000 short of the £6.1 million expected by the end of the year to help run the Church in Suffolk.

The cleric, who works to encourage people to give more money to the Church, said costs for everything were increasing, including priests' wages, offices costs, heating, lighting, and power bills.

He said that there will not be enough to fund all that the Church hopes to achieve, although he accepted Christians were working very hard at fundraising.

He said: “The crunch is coming, although we are not quite there yet. More could be done. There is no question that many parishes are trying very hard and are hard at work fundraising through the year.”

The canon said that shortfalls are met by the Diocesan Board of Finance, but that situation could not continue indefinitely.

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Any parishes that would like advice on how to help raise more money can contact Canon Pendorf on 01473 298504, or by e-mail at jim@stedmundsbury.anglican.org

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