Posted: December 2015
If sleep is a problem, you are one click away from a cure. And if we fail to send you to sleep, we will give you a 'no questions asked free prize', (for terms and conditions, see below). Our cure is to click here to read our 2014-15 annual report. Such reports are usually good for sending you off to sleep in no time flat. Although actually, our minister Helen Kirk, has a problem with ours. She writes, "To me, annual reports speak of facts, numbers, statistics, evidence of progress made and achievements gained. However the business of a church is about the unchanging love of God that touches and transforms the messiness of our humanity and that's not easy to appraise. For example, how can you quantify generosity that is so much more than a column on a spread sheet and instead involves the offering of time, talents, commitment & hospitality? How do you measure the quality of care offered when most of it is carried out unnoticed through informal visits, phone calls, lifts given and cakes baked? How can we assess the effectiveness of our mission when it is not about 'signing up new recruits' but sharing the love of Christ in the world? How can we evaluate the success of our worship for it concerns divine presence which brings hope, comfort, inspiration, joy and challenge to individuals and community alike? And yet all of these things happen in abundance at AMC." (Aylesbury Methodist Church). She then went on to say a few thank you's and give thoughts on our priorities for next year. Her full thoughts you can read on page 3 of the report. Enjoy the read and the resultant deep sleep.
Health warning: If you reach the numbers and notes on the accounts on page 20 without falling asleep than you may need medical advice and you certainly qualify for one of our prizes.
Terms and conditions: Eligible readers are entitled to free mince pies and drinks on the house. To claim your prize, simple come along to the Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 20th December at 5pm. Mince pies and a free drink of your choice can be collected in the church hall afterwards. Our extensive range of drinks consists of coffee, tea, fruit juice or water.
Please Note: As it is Christmas, you can collect your free mince pies and drinks, even if you did fall asleep reading our report. Sleep well!
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