Saving, Securing and Developing the future for All Saints Sutton
The importance of All Saints Church
All Saints is well used and well liked in the community. The church is popular with the local school children who would be devastated if something were to happen to it. It is a place which has many funerals, baptisms and weddings and is chosen by many across the community for important events. The church council feel that a great number of people in the community would want to save the church from closing.
The challenge facing All Saints Church
The church council and congregation have made a realistic assessment of their financial position. They have noted that they cannot sustain themselves simply from their own resources. So they are seeking wider help.
Like so many communities we have suffered a loss of services with shops closing and other facilities moving out. The church is for all and we want to remain serving and supporting the people of Sutton. We need help to do this.
All Saints is not under a threat of closure from the Diocese of Liverpool or the bishops. They are very supportive of our approach. But All Saints realises the simple truth about money. If we can’t raise the money to pay the bills then we can’t continue. We have to heat, light and maintain the building and support the costs of the vicars who minister with us. This all costs.
The other churches in the team and members of our congregation have been generous. That is supporting us in the short term. But it is not enough ongoing.
So we need to appeal to the local people to keep us open. We need people to donate to help save All Saints from closing if we can’t pay our way. If we can save the church and secure our future then we can develop a vision that means All Saints can stay at the heart of the community.
What we will be doing
We think a number of people will want to get behind us and support us. When we talked to the children of Sutton Oak School , they really wanted to help. They, and we want to talk to other people who may want to support the church. We want to be realistic about the situation we are in. It is something that lots of places – churches, businesses, local services, and charities – face. It is part of the world we are in. So we want to explain what this is. And we want to ask for help.
We will contact local councillors, the newspaper and others so that people can be clear what we are trying to do. It is too easy to badge this as a save our church campaign and sound like we are fighting the wider church of England or the Diocese of Liverpool. We are not. We are simply facing up to the fact the times are hard, money is tight. We want to save our church and secure and develop its future and we want everyone to support us in this aim.
How much we need
It costs £40,000 a year to run All Saints. Income in 2019 was £28,000. The balance came from reserves which are now exhausted. We need £12,000 to secure the church for the year. It costs £3,300 amount every month to run the church (£110 a day). We want to sort out our short term finances so that we can then take time to work with the community and others to develop our future in the heart of Sutton.
How you can help
We are looking for like-minded people who can offer time to support our campaign. We want to talk to different members of the community – councillors, our MP, leaders who care – so that everyone can understand where we are at and what we are trying to do. If you can donate then great. We will be telling you how you can do so at the Open Meeting (see below). If you have other ideas about how we can raise the funds then we want to hear them
We also need everyone to be clear. This is about saving our church. Saving it because we believe we need a church building and community for future generations. But it’s also about securing and developing our future. We want to do this in partnership with you, with the church and with the community. It’s your church and you can help save, secure and develop its future.
You are invited
There will be an
Open Meeting on Monday March 2nd at 7 pm at All Saints, Ellamsbridge Road
for all who want to find out more, and who may wish to help us secure the future of this faithful local church. Please do come if you can, and invite others too.
Thank you, on behalf of the Church, from Revs Louise and Simon Moore, Team Rectors.