Friends of St Gabriel’s, Aldersbrook
St Gabriel’s Church has been at the heart of the Aldersbrook community for over a hundred years. The Church and its Hall are community assets that serve thousands of local people each year by providing a space for an enormous range of recreational, social and educational activities. However, the maintenance and upkeep of an ageing estate is extensive, costly and time-consuming. In the long-term the Church would like to become greener and more sustainable, and to upgrade the Hall’s facilities, including replacing the kitchen and creating new meeting spaces. A group of mostly non-church goers has been working with Father Martyn to form the Friends of St Gabriel’s on an established model of similar support groups for churches elsewhere.
Aims and objectives -The Friends of St Gabriel’s exists to secure the long-term future of the Church and its Hall for all who live locally. -The Friends is open to anyone who values the presence of St Gabriel’s as a community asset, including people from any religious background or of no faith at all. -The Friends seeks to achieve these goals through awareness raising, fundraising activities, and by mobilising volunteers to offer practical help improve the church, the hall, and the grounds.
How can I get involved? Now we need your help to secure the long-term future of the church as a community asset. Everyone is welcome to get involved, and there are several ways to help. These include: -Joining a mailing list to find out about Friends’ events and activities -Volunteering with the Friends to support events and activities -Offering specific skills or talents to the Friends or organising an event -Becoming a supporter by making a small annual donation (see below)
What do supporters do? Supporters of St Gabriel’s agree to make a small annual donation. They can pay on a one-off basis or commit to an annual direct debit. We can claim gift aid on donations from UK tax payers, increasing the value of gifts by 25%. We suggest an annual donation of £25 per household, or whatever you can afford. On signing up, supporters will receive a small gift. They will also receive an invite to the annual Supporters’ Supper, a social event at which attendees can learn more about the work of the Friends.
Come to St Gabriel’s to sign up at the launch weekend, or check back here at the weekend to download forms.