Our hidden economy

Our hidden economy

 

In addition to the figures which appear in our accounts, our church has a hidden economy which benefits it in many ways: providing services free of cost, saving money, and generating income directly and indirectly.


Our active members and friends give generously of time and energy, as well as money. An article in the church Newsletter of May 2008 listed 54 roles required to keep the church functioning.  No one person has all these skills; and if such a person did exist, we could not afford to employ him – or her! We function because people pitch in, free of charge.


The same is true of our community and development work. To be effective, our efforts must focus on real needs, in our community and in the wider world. These efforts require imagination, thought, planning, execution.  We benefit from the contributions of people with ideas who offer them in ways which spark enthusiasm.


The added value is much more than expenditure which is not incurred.  There is companionship, fun and stimulus in being involved.  There is the satisfaction of doing what one can do and doing it well; of seeing contributions generating significant impact and being appreciated. But above all, the resultant activity and evident energy serve the community and get the church appreciated.


The community’s goodwill manifested itself during 2008-09 in the widespread support for our refurbishment appeal.  People said, “I may not go to church but I believe it is important to have the church in the village” and “I don’t go to church but I support the things it does.”  That goodwill is a priceless asset; it brings support for our charitable and social work, as well as monetary donations.  


Our hidden economy enriches all aspects of our church life. It is what makes us what we are. And, seemingly by accident, it helps keep the formal accounts healthy!