As Christians, we are encouraged to give what we can of our time, talents and money, to help further the work of the Church, and spread the Word of God.
In addition to maintaining the fabric of Netherlee Parish, and developing mission work in the local area, Netherlee Church also sends a proportion of our income to assist national and international mission work, and to support other Scottish parishes in need. We rely very much, therefore, on the financial committment and support of our members to continue this vital work.
Members may choose to gift their offerings in the following ways:
Weekly Freewill Offering
Deed of Covenant
For more information, contact Ann Main or Iain Campbell via the Church Office.
Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, Netherlee Church also has the following funds available:
Funds and Legacies
The James Findlay Nelson Memorial Trust Fund
Established in memory of the Nelsons’ beloved son James, the James Findlay Nelson Memorial Trust Fund is held as a designated fund in Netherlee Church accounts, to promote Christian Youth Work and encourage young Christians associated with Netherlee Church and the Nelson family.
The Trust Deed for the James Findlay Nelson Memorial Trust Fund states the trustees as being Netherlee’s Minister, Mr. Tom Nelson, Netherlee’s Session Clerk, Netherlee’s Treasurer and a member of the Nelson family - currently Mrs Catherine Nelson.
The fund currently totals just over £22,500. Grants have already been awarded to a number of young people who have undertaken a variety of projects such as serving in an orphanage in Zambia, working with the Bible Society in Malawi, volunteering with Scripture Union Summer Camps and attending the Keswick Convention.
Donations to the fund are welcomed and we hope the fund capital will continue to grow, with grants being paid from the interest earned. Applications to the James Findlay Nelson Memorial Trust Fund should be made in writing to the Session Clerk.
Dealing with the Media
As part of our developing Communication Strategy, Church organisations are encouraged to contact the local media. Getting media coverage of an event can help to:
• Advertise a forthcoming event/ appeal, and so increase attendance/ gain support
eg: to publicise a high status speaker like Archbishop Conti at the Forum
• Highlight an achievement, in order to raise the profile of the organisation/ Church
eg: being Awarded Eco Church status
For most local stories, the Southside and Eastwood Extra is a good place to begin.
If you would like to deal with the media yourself (who do actually need local community stories to fill their pages!), then feel free to use the tips below:
• Draft out your story before you make initial contact.
• Always start with the point of the story, not the background
eg Thanks to the fundraising efforts of local people, Netherlee Church’s BB have just taken delivery of a brand new minibus.
• Make it relevant – the reader will ask: why should I read this?
eg: We’re so grateful to the people of Netherlee and Stamperland, who supported our sponsored car washes and came to our coffee morning to help replace our old bus, which has been providing a vital service to the community for years ,” said X
• Make it personal – the reader will ask: what’s in it for me?
eg The minibus will be used to take elderly or frail people to church, and can be hired for other community based activities
• Give further contact details, both in your email to the newspaper (ie name, phone number & mobile number), and in the story itself.
eg To book the bus, or make a donation to its upkeep, please phone x
• Use simple, clear language and insert a quote where possible
• Quirky photos can attract attention, especially if the subject is topical or seasonal or is connected with charity. Involve local people, local sights, and avoid huge group photos, line-ups, and the standard ‘handshake’ type shots! Remember to get parental permission if submitting photos of children, and let the paper know you’ve done this. It’s best to use a digital camera, so you can email photos to the paper
• Offering a competition/ prize will always grab attention, particularly if you tie it in with a forthcoming event – eg The Garden Show : offer free entry and a cream tea for two. Not much to pay really, for ‘free’ advertising!
• Once you’ve drafted out your piece, make an initial phone call to the newspaper to say you have a story to email them, giving brief, relevant details. If the event has already taken place, attach a good photo with it.
Remember, The Extra also has a What’s On column, which can list simple details of forthcoming events – but space here is very limited. The deadlines for this are 12 noon on the Friday before the event - but copy received by the previous Thursday would probably have a better chance of being included.
For any potentially sensitive or controversial issues, you're advised to contact the Session Clerk first for guidance, in advance of speaking to the media.