Who are the Friends of St Faith’s?
The Friends of St Faith’s are a group of people who contribute a minimum of £1 per month to ‘The Friends’, this was set up to help the church care for its land and buildings so that they remain in good condition for future generations. They recognise that keeping a church and centre like this in good shape is an expensive task.
Since 2005 the Friends have contributed £10,000 to cover the cost of refurbishing the floor of the church, paying for church maintenance projects helping to pay for the refurbishment of the bell and improving the church grounds. But fundraising is not the only purpose of The Friends. Many minor jobs in and around the Church need volunteer labour and extra hands are welcome for occasional working parties. We also have an annual outing. In the last few years visits have included Eltham Palace, Petworth Parish Church and House, the English Martyrs Church, churches in the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
Who can be a Friend of St Faith’s?
Absolutely anyone. The Friends of St Faith’s was set up for people who value the life and work of St Faith’s and especially for those who cannot join us on Sundays but would like to help support the church financially so that it remains in good condition for future generations. At the moment there are about one hundred and fifty Friends. Our aim is to try to have a thousand and this will ensure that we can succeed in keeping this very special place in great condition for years to come.
Would you like to join us?
If so, you could help to contribute to the funds by joining the Friends and a making a single payment or by donating a regular minimum of £1 per month. Some people also choose to become a ‘working friend’ by helping practically.
How do I Join?
To join the Friends of St.Faiths download and print the Application Form click here, complete it and return to; The Secretary, Friends of St. Faiths, The Parish Office, St. Faiths Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9NF.
There are 2 ways of paying – either by cheque or by establishing a bank Standing Order. A Standing Order is a great help as it saves on the cost of administration. If you are a tax payer and can Gift Aid your membership fee then a further 25% can be reclaimed from the Government. A Gift Aid form is available for download click here .