MUCH DOES THE WEDNESDAY WORD
LEAFLET COST SCHOOLS?
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.
The Wednesday Word’s operating costs
are supported through the generosity of donations by
those who share the Trust’s vision.
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 and, as the project grows,
the Trustees will continue to attempt to reduce the
price even further. 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.
WHY 52 WEEKS? WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAYS?
Because The Wednesday Word is based on the
Sunday Liturgy and aims to be an ongoing invitation
to the Eucharist, we provide material for every Sunday
of the year. It is important for us to do this as
we are trying to encourage families to develop a simple,
family custom rooted in the Word of God. Although
the resource comes through school, it is primarily
a family resource. Whether or not they participate
in the holidays is entirely their choice - all we
are seeking is to provide families with the opportunity
to 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