£10 Parable of the Talents

If you have found this page through the media's interest in our fundraising initiative you are very wlecome. Here is a list of the things people have done.

They have raised anything from £25 to £1100. If you would like to know any more details then please contact us and we will happily talk further.


Dog walking


More Cakes

Chocolate Truffles - nearly 500 of them

Lunch for a walking group

E-Bay buying and selling

Knitting trendy scarves.

Photo cards (by 11 year old Lucy from her own photos)

Sweet shop

Soup lunch for church members

Growing and selling Apple tree seedlings

Lunch for friends

Christmas ornaments and other sewing

Posh afternoon tea - as at the Ritz or Betty's

Giving chocolate away, for donations

Bird boxes (30 of them)

Pyrography (designs onto wooden boxes)

Talk on photography and selling photos

Carved Wooden light pulls

Producing and selling some watercolour paintings

Multimedia art

Cards of local landmarks from original art work


Knitted Easter bunnies

Coffee Morning (by children’s group)

Recipe book (by teenage group)

Social night (entertainment and food)

Recipe book

Bacon ‘butties’ and other cooked breakfast sold at work

Taking people on a 'wilderness walk' over Holme Moss on the Pennines

Selling crisps, chocolate etc, at work

Making flavoured oils and vinegars


Some people who did not have the time or ideas to make something were inspired to give through other means:

Selling some jewelry they had been left by their mother

Collected any £2 coins given in his change

Holiday money saved from housekeeping

Premium Bond winnings

One day's wages


Basis of idea

Jesus’ story in Matthew 25:14-30. The story is of a businessman trusting his servants with amounts of money. Two double it and are praised, one hides it and is thrown out as a failure.

Traditionally this is known as the Parable of the Talents. A Talent was originally a bag of gold, as given to the servants, but the word in modern English means ability, so this leads to a great double meaning about people investing money in their gifts.


At a service in November I offered to give a £10 note to anyone in the congregation and local community who wanted to have a go at using it for fundraising. I set no rules about how they could use it, and did not take names! I was amazed when 45 people came forward to take the money. I gave away a further £100 over the next few weeks.

I told them the final deadline for raising money was Easter Sunday (March 31st), so they had approximately four and a half months to do something. On Easter Sunday they all brought a symbol of what they had been doing and we displayed it at the front of church during the service.