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.
A Giving Form is available to download here. You can also make an immediate donation (via debit/credit card, or Apple Pay etc) by using the below QR code on your smart phone or follow the details under How can I give? below:
1) The camera on most phones will recognise the QR code. If not, go to "settings" and enable QR reader in camera or Twitter/Facebook app, or download a QR reader (such as "I-nigma")
2) The QR code will be a camera, and you will be taken to the BPC donations page; where you can then select your donation amount.
3) You can pay either by debit or credit card (you may need to enter your card details first time) or via Apply Pay etc)
4) You also have the option of adding Gift Aid to your donation - yes please!
Harry Morten is our Head of Finance, and he explains all about our Finances here.
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 for our wonderful church building, from maintenance, heating, insurance and the office, as well as 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. We also pay a "tithe" to charities supported by Buckingham Parish Church (click here to learn more about the charities we support)
The remaining 52% pays for all our children's workers and other staff who keep the whole church running so smoothly, as well as our "Mission & Outreach" work in the community and the running costs of services.
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.
Please watch the sermon given by our Curate, Danny Rodgers, on the subject of Gracious Giving here.
We are keen to encourage regular giving through Standing Orders, so thank you if you are already supporting us.
If you would like to make a one off donation or set up a monthly direct debit, it’s really easy to do with your debit or credit card. Bear in mind we are charged a small processing fee to receive this donation: https://bpchurch.churchsuite.co.uk/donate/
Setting up a routine Standing Order takes a little more time but means we can receive your donation with no additional costs to the church. You can use the giving form to create your standing order available here. You can email or send it to us.
If you are a UK tax payer, please Gift Aid your donation, enabling our church to reclaim a further 25% on your contribution.
We encourage all members and friends of Buckingham Parish Church to prayerfully decide what percentage of their income they will give and then make a pledge to give that amount. This helps us to more confidently plan our activities within the church and community.
We know that giving is not just about money so have a look at the church life tab to see how you might want to get involved.
If you have any queries, please either e-mail Judith here or call the Parish Office on 01280 821509. Thank you for your support.