28 August 1890
Present – Rev. J. Hobbs, Chairman, Messrs C.A. FitzRoy, G. MacKilligin, C.H. Howard. E.R. Vickerman, A.M. Quillam, J. Tictmir, J.H. Williams, N.H.T. Galway and N. Beilby.
Minutes of meetings held on the 15th and 22nd August read and confirmed.
The following paraochial letter was read.
To the Parishioners of St. Matthew’s Church
At the commencement of a new ﬁnancial year, the Vestry desire to lay before St. Matthew’s Congregation their ﬁnancial position.
They do so for three reasons :—
Because such information should be given to those concerned.
Because subscribers usually become interested in that to which they subscribe, and they wish all to take an interest in their Church.
Because the necessary expenses of efﬁcient working can only be met by unanimous effort.
Our position is this :—
1. We have Property, including Church-building, Parsonage, and School-house, with two acres freehold, valued at £3000. Upon this Property there lies a debt, consisting of loan on mortgage, bank overdraft, &c., of £2300.
To meet these liabilities, we have authority to realize upon some town sections, and gentlemen have taken investing shares in Building Societies for our beneﬁt; so that we may hope the debt will reduce itself in eight years to about £600. In the meantime, we have interest to pay on the whole amount.
2. Our Annual Revenue, to meet interest and working expenses, must not be less than £500; that is, at the rate of £3 a family. Some give more, others cannot afford so much; but we may hope that most families can average at least a shilling a week.
Our Revenue is derived from four sources :—
SEAT-RENTS. – Which are charged at the rate of £1 a sitting. This year, however, we are trying the experiment of a Free and Open Church, which we expect to increase the attendance and revenue. Nearly all the seat-holders have consented to continue their payments, and to make a present of their seats to the congregation. Their kindness protects the Church from loss, but it is for others to prove the plan successful. Seat-holders may, should they prefer it, pay their rents by instalments.
SUBSCRIPTIONS. – By this means the Vestry hope to reach every helper. They anticipate no difﬁculty in organising a band of collectors, who will collect subscriptions half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, or even weekly, according as different subscribers may wish. And they think that such accumulation of small sums may become the mainstay of Church support, without pressing heavily upon the givers. All such subscriptions would be duly acknowledged.
THE ENVELOPE SYSTEM. – Has been found successful, and may advantageously be extended. Thirteen envelopes, bearing a number, are supplied to anyone who will promise that his Sunday offerings will average a certain sum. Then on Sunday he encloses his offering in an envelope, which he drops into the bag. At the end of the quarter he receives a fresh supply of envelopes, with a note telling him if he has any deﬁciency to make up. No one but the Churchwarden knows the amount of envelope contributions. Parents wishing to bring up their children to systematic giving, would do well to supply them also with envelopes