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St Bride's is harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of its congregation by giving them money to start their own fundraising.
Stakes of £5, £10 or £20 are being doled out in a campaign inspired by the Parable of the Talents to raise money for the INSPIRE! Community Appeal.
In the Parable, Jesus tells the story of a man who went on a journey and before he went, gave sums of money to his servants to make use of. Two rise to the challenge, one buries his talent out of fear and is roundly reprimanded. The lesson seems to be that whatever hand we are dealt in life, in terms of health, wealth, background, opportunity etc., what really matters is what use we make of the opportunities and gifts we have, and how, if we are open to God, He will help us make the most of what we have been given.
In 1st century Palestine, "talents" were units of money (quite big ones). St Bride's wants its supporters to accept a talent, take it away and make the most of the opportunity it represents. Then, at Harvest Festival on 13th October, participants will return with the financial fruits of their labours.
Be as creative as you like - remember, don't bury your talent and Jesus honours risk - takers.
The stakes are being provided through the generoisty of the Guild of St Bride. All participants must agree to return the original value of their stake plus as much interest as they can muster.
If you use your talent to make products for sale, there will be opportunities to do so at the church but we encourage you to go forth and engage those in the wider community.