Each Sunday we give guests the opportunity to contribute to our offering fund, which is divided amongst various projects. In 2019 they were:
Supporting the church in France. We gave approximately £8500 to Liberté en Christ, the ministry led in France by Tim Baynes Clarke, our former park manager, and his wife Monique. Liberté en Christ uses biblical principles to help Christians grow in their faith and deal with problems and strongholds.
Les Restos du Coeur. The local branch of this national French initiative provides food parcels and meals to the poorest and most needy people in the community. They received €1000.
The Spring Harvest Holidays Grants scheme. This scheme enables people on low incomes to have a holiday at LPO. The grant pays 50% of the holiday cost and a sponsoring church or individual pays the other 50%. The scheme has benefited unemployed people, missionaries and those on benefits, amongst others. See here for more details.
Couriers taking the next step. Our couriers are invited to apply for a contribution towards their development in ministry, for example at Bible school or with a mission organisation. In 2019 we supported two couriers and our departing Programme Manager Bev Smith when she took up her new role as Head of Schools for YFC England.
Offerings are given via the charity Essential Christian. This facilitates Gift Aid reclaims.