Parishes raise a magnificent £6.5m through Alive in Faith

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Parishes raise a magnificent £6.5m through Alive in Faith

A magnificent £6.5m has been raised by parishes through the Diocese’s successful Alive in Faith campaign to help fund parish projects, social outreach, clergy pensions and seminarian training.

Financial secretary, John Pitt, said: “All parishes have now completed the pledge phase of the campaign and fund-raisers CCS have completed their role. Management and administration of the income and expenditure is now the responsibility of the Diocese.

“This will be achieved by the establishment of an Alive in Faith Stewardship committee with members from all parts of the Diocese meeting on a regular basis. The Committee’s primary role will be to monitor the income from pledges and the application of funds to the appropriate objectives as set out at the beginning of the Alive in Faith Campaign.”

The total actually pledged to date is currently £6,563,485.

Current activity is primarily the implementation of Parish Projects. There are 13 currently running for which £145,507 has been paid out.

John said: “Projects extend in scope from participation in community social activities to much needed repairs. Preparations are also well in hand to set up Caritas East Anglia as a means of channelling the social outreach funds raised by Alive in Faith into assisting the poor and vulnerable in the Diocese. Applications will be received by Caritas East Anglia and assessed by a diocesan panel to ensure the validity of any grants meets the diocesan criteria.”

Pictured top is the new-look sanctuary at St Felix church in Felixstowe, largely funded by Alive in Faith, being blessed by Bishop Alan last December.