Giving - DARING FAITH
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Like most churches, St Peter & St Paul’s depends for its income almost entirely on the giving from its members and supporters. It is not financed by the state or by wealth inherited from past generations. St Peter & St Paul’s needs this income in order to sustain and develop its mission in the community.
Giving Form available for download here.
You can also give now here: via debit or credit card
As members of God's family we belong to Him. All that we are and all that we have are His. Our giving is therefore a love response. Part of our family responsibility is to invest the resources He gives us for His purposes and for His glory.
In the Bible God calls us to respond to Him in thankfulness by giving to and through our local church, where we are fed and nurtured. We should give joyfully, generously and freely, in proportion to our ability.
It is therefore in this spirit that we ask everyone to reflect on their own giving, and to give as much as they can, preferably via planned giving if possible. One-off donations to support the work of our church are also very gratefully received, as are legacies.
For a highly informative website about giving to our church through legacies, please click here. Legacy leaflets are available in church and a copy is also downloadable from the Legacies page of our website.
Where does the money go?
Around 56% of our current income goes to pay our Parish Share. This is money which all parishes contribute to the diocese to support the work of the Church as a whole. In this way, better-off parishes give to help poorer churches, in places which might otherwise be left without a church or a priest or a Christian community.
The remainder is used for our own expenditure – our children and young people’s worker, the running costs of services and ministries among young and old within our local community, parish administration and a significant amount towards maintaining, heating and insuring the church building as well as to charities supported by St Peter & St Paul’s (click here to learn more about the charities we support).
How much should I give?
In the Old Testament, God called His people to give 10% as their tithe. Additional freewill offerings were over and above this. In the New Testament, we are under grace not law, and therefore we should be motivated to give even more freely. How much you give is a matter for prayerful consideration between you and the Lord. There will be times and seasons when you can give freely of your time but not so freely of your income and other seasons where the reverse will be true; the important thing is that we should be giving something. Those living off diminishing pensions will of course find it particularly hard to give financially but giving time, service and prayer is equally valuable.
If your income is irregular, or if you do not consider yourself a member but would still like to support the work of St Peter & St Paul’s, then you may wish to give a one-off donation. However, everyone who considers themselves a member of St Peter & St Paul’s is asked to join the Planned Giving Scheme. We ask people to prayerfully decide what percentage of their income they will give and then make a pledge to give that amount - either by banker’s standing order or by weekly envelopes.
The advantages of pledged giving to St Peter & St Paul’s are twofold:
It enables the church to plan ahead with much more certainty.
If you pay income tax, then you can complete the Gift Aid declaration included in the Giving Form which enables St Peter & St Paul’s to recover income tax at the standard rate on your donation from HM Revenue and Customs. This means that we receive (at present) an extra £25 for every £100 that is pledged.
Both regular and one-off donations can be made by completing the Giving Form available for download above. Just fill it in and return it to the address on the form or to the Parish Office marked for the attention of our Stewardship Co-ordinator, Judith Bundock and we will do the rest. Remember that income tax payers can increase the value of their gift, whether one-off or regular, by completing the Gift Aid declaration included in the form.
Click here to download the "Time and Talents" form, which shows the many ways you can get involved with the life of the Church.
You can give now by credit or debit card through our page at give.net. Just click this link and follow the onscreen instructions.
If you have any queries, please either e-mail Judith here or call the Parish Office on 01280 821509. Thank you.