I’m not exactly naïve as to the finances of the church, and having being a regular attender ( though by no means of a high position ) I often find myself wanting to criticise the way the system within the C of E functions.

I must, on this occasion however, come to their defence. The church which I attend, and other local ones, all contribute when possible to the local drop in centre for the homeless ( The Wellspring in Stockport) along with other contributions these churches make on a regular basis to other charities.

The money is, of course, contributed by parishioners, many of whom are already giving time and money to the church and other charities. In contrast, we live in a ‘society’ whereby the richest may elude paying taxes and are worshipped for their ‘success’. We now talk of trillionaires as opposed to millionaires and, even, billionaires.

Yet, somehow, society’s problems always seems to come down the church being at fault.

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