AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS OF ST. THOMAS' CHURCH, DOUGLAS.
As we all know our priority at the moment is to stay indoors, socially distance ourselves, stay safe and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We also need to look after one another's physical and emotional welfare. A phone call, an e-mail, FaceTime or other digital media contact or even a good old fashioned letter could make someone's day that little bit brighter. Keep you distance but keep in touch.
We also need to thank, and pay tribute to, all of those "front line" members of our community who are keeping our Island going during this difficult period. Also a huge thank you to the volunteers, neighbours and friends who are simply looking out for one another.
Along with almost every business, charity organization or church St. Thomas' is facing enormous financial strain. Our treasurer has been working very hard to keep St. Thomas' finances stable and recently we were in the soundest financial condition we have been in for a number of years. However, this has already changed. As a church we only survive because of the generosity of the congregation and our friends and visitors who attend our fundraising activities. It is the loss of these fund raising events which will cause the greatest deficit in our finances.
We have numerous regular expenses including the shared mission fund (the old quota), oil and electricity, insurance, repairs and maintenance and more. Even though the church is not currently in use we have to keep the heating going in order to protect and preserve the unique Nicholson Murals.. The approximate cost for each financial quarter is £13,000.00. With what we have in reserves and regular giving we will be secure financially until June. However, by September we estimate that we will have a shortfall of some £7,000.00. This shortfall would have been made up by the income from our regular fund raising events. We have already lost income from our Friday Coffee Mornings and teas after services, Lent Lunches, Monthly Light Lunches, Sunday Brunches, Easter Fayre along with the sale of books, mugs and other items. We will also lose income from the Flower Festival, Summer Concert Programme, Strawberry Fayre and the planned V.E. Day 75 celebrations.
We would therefore ask that you consider what you would have spent at one of our fundraisers and perhaps donate all or part of that money to St. Thomas' Church P.C.C. so that we may continue our work in the parish we serve for the years to come.
You can donate via this website using one of the donate buttons. You could download a standing order mandate, postal donation form or deed of covenant form from our DONATE PAGE. You could even send a cheque made payable to, St. Thomas' Church and post it to The Treasurer, St. Thomas' Church, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2PL.
Thank you for your time and reading this letter. We look forward to seeing you in person when this crisis is over. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.