MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER OF THE SCOTS KIRK, PARIS
The period of confinement is coming to an end, but for a period of 11 weeks there was no Sunday Service in the church at Rue Bayard. Thanks to the time and efforts of the minister and certain members of the congregation, you were able to participate in a Sunday service on You Tube. Not only did regular attendees at Rue Bayard enjoy these Services, but friends of the Scots Kirk from places as far away as New Zealand, South Africa, America, Scotland and across France could join the Paris based members of the congregation. Our thanks go to our minister Jan Steyn, Jim Amekporfor and many other members for producing such excellent services.
As treasurer I would like to inform you of the church finances throughout this period when there has been no weekly collection for offerings, and there has been almost no income from the other users of the premises.
The congregation have generously responded sending cheques or bank transfers in the this period, and we have received some significant donations not only from members, but from people outside the church congregation. For the 3 months from March to May 2020 we received €10.245 whereas in the same period in 2019 the amount was €9.244. The offerings and donations for the 5 months to the end of May are €15.528 in 2020 compared to €12.716 in 2019. So a big THANK YOU from The Scots Kirk Paris and its Board for the support given to the church in these difficult times.
These figures contrast sharply with the income we receive from the other users of the church premises. Normally their contributions exceed the offerings collected. Since early March there have been no activities at the church and the income received has been practically zero. For the 5 months to May we received €10.002 in 2020 compared to €13.058 in 2019. My feeling is that certain of the Associations who use the church may not restart their activities until after the summer. The problems over the past 18 months of social unrest in France with the “Gilets Jaunes” and the pension reform already resulted in drop in the use of the church by other users. This was due in part to the fact that much of the well reported violence was in the Champs Elysees area near the church. The Coronovirus has accentuated this drop in the revenues.
It is difficult to forecast a financial result for 2020 with so many unknown factors, but my best guesstimates suggest there will be a deficit of between €10.000 and €15.000. This figure would have been higher had it not been for the generous response by the congregation and friends over the past 11 weeks. Fortunately the Scots Kirk Paris has been able to build up cash reserves for difficult times, although I doubt that anybody would have foreseen a pandemic crisis. The reserves at the end of 2019 were €89,093, and are sufficient to cover any deficit.
I would not be doing my job as treasurer if I did not include the details of the church bank account for anybody who is looking for it. I also remind you that any donation or offering by cheque or bank transfer will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year. If you pay tax then you will recover 66.6% of the amount donated.
On behalf of the Board, I thank you for your continued support of The Scots Kirk Paris