MUCH DOES THE WEDNESDAY WORD
LEAFLET COST SCHOOLS?
The Wednesday Word costs the school £2.50/child for each annual subscription (there is a minimum of 75 subscriptions/year). The Gospel is then spread to parents through The Wednesday Word each week as a gift from the school.
There is a simple example at the end of this section to help you determine the cost of an annual subscription for your own school.
HOW IS THE LOW PRICE ACHIEVED?
The Wednesday Word is not a publishing company with any commercial aims. Rather it is a Charitable Trust whose aim is to ensure that price should not be a barrier to schools wanting to participate in the mission.
We are aware that budgets are tight in most schools and that is why we have tried our best to keep the price as low as possible. The Wednesday Word mission really is a team effort, an example of the body of Christ in action. By participating in The Wednesday Word, each Headteacher not only supports their own school’s children and families, but through the power of collective purchase, also helps prices to stay inexpensive and so ensures that many other schools and families can benefit from receiving the Gospel in this way.
AN ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION - WHY NOT TERMLY?
The Wednesday Word is designed as an ongoing mission to spread the Gospel to families throughout the year. In this way The Wednesday Word will be sent out to parents, and (as in the Parable of the Sower) some will respond to it, and some will not. Yet the Word will be present in every home of the families connected with our schools, and the opportunity will be there for parents and carers to have contact with the Gospel. The resource includes a weekly invitation to the celebration of the Eucharist whilst their child is connected to the life of the Catholic school.
Feedback suggests that The Wednesday Word also helps some families to develop a new weekly Family Time custom that strengthens the family, but to do this takes time. However, regardless of the uptake of Family Time, by sending The Wednesday Word out through school, the power of God’s word enters into many people’s homes. So, even if the parent chooses not to use the back page Family Time section with their children, the resource, containing Sunday’s Gospel, is attractively designed to be ‘dipped into’, thereby creating a new weekly opportunity for the Parent or Carer to read the Gospel and hear the Good News.
The Wednesday Word has created a new form of lively weekly contact between the Church and parents who may be adrift from going to Church. Moreover, The Wednesday Word promotes the school’s catholicity by constantly reinforcing and reminding parents of the Catholic spirituality which underpins our schools, and the vital link between home, school and parish. This is something that we believe is important to remind all parents of throughout the school years, particularly lapsed Catholic parents who are typically the majority in most schools.
As a charity we aim to ensure that price should not be a barrier for schools to spread the Gospel in this new and creative way. Annual subscriptions also contribute to the low price of the leaflet. They allow the Trust to plan and order the print in bulk and help us to cut down dramatically on administration costs. This further contributes to our ability to supply schools with a high-quality resource at a nominal price. Also, ongoing participation is simple; after completing your initial annual subscription, your leaflet delivery will continue unless you tell us otherwise.
WHY 52 WEEKS? WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAYS?
Because The Wednesday Word is based on theSunday Liturgy and aims to be an ongoing invitationto the Eucharist, we provide material for every Sunday of the year. It is important for us to do this aswe are trying to encourage families to develop a simple,family custom rooted in the Word of God. Althoughthe resource comes through school, it is primarilya family resource. Whether or not they participatein the holidays is entirely their choice - all weare seeking is to provide families with the opportunityto do so.
To prevent the school from having to hand out multiple copies before major holidays we have designed Easter, Spring Bank, Summer & Christmas Specials. These are in attractive booklet/card form – just one item to hand out the Wednesday before the holidays. The 'Holiday Specials' are designed like Christmas cards - to stand on the window sill or mantelpiece. The 'Holiday Specials' are also designed to act as an aide-memoire for Family Time, and are also a great way for families to display modern Christian imagery in their homes.
MANY LEAFLETS SHOULD I ORDER
FOR EACH WEEK?
One of the primary aims of The Wednesday Word Family Time custom is to spread the Gospel to the parents connected to your school. This is why we suggest that all parents with a child in school should receive a copy. Because the resource is discussion-based it can be used successfully with primary school children of all ages. This has been evidenced by feedback from pilot schemes. Sometimes the question is asked, “Should I order one per family or one per pupil?” Ultimately that decision is up to each school. Although the resource is primarily written with the adult in mind, we know that children do read it (and, because they are attractive, some children save them in a file). We have kept the price as low as possible so that, at just less than 5p per leaflet, we hope that cost should not be a barrier to schools who want to give each child a copy of their own. Some schools have also ordered copies for their teachers who may then choose to use The Wednesday Word in support of the RE in their school.
THE ANNUAL COST:
THE ANNUAL COST - AN EXAMPLE:
The Wednesday Word is a not-for-profit Catholic Charitable Trust.
Your commitment to purchasing annual subscriptions for your pupils helps us to keep costs as low as possible (by printing the leaflets in bulk and minimizing administration costs).
Each annual subscription costs just £2.50 per child
To calculate the total cost of your annual subscription, simply decide how many
pupils you would like to receive the Sunday Gospel leaflet for the year, then multiply that number by £2.50.
e.g. 100 pupils x £2.50 each = £250 total cost per year