Giving to St Andrew’s
Giving to support witness and ministry
What we spend
Each year we ask members of the congregation, new and old, to give some thought to their financial support for the witness and ministry at St. Andrew’s.
The church’s expenditure, which is in the region of £300,000 a year, can be divided into three main areas:
The work of St. Andrew’s itself.
St. Andrew’s is a busy church and all its activities need to be funded: Sunday services, children’s and youth work, the courses we run, work in schools, outreach activities, various groups and organisations and facilities. All these are made possible only by expenditure on items such as the maintenance and running costs of our building, the staff costs for which we are responsible, and office and clergy expenses.
Contribution to the diocese.
Every parish in the diocese is required to pay its ‘Common Fund contribution’ which is calculated on its electoral roll and attendance figures. This is used to sustain the witness and ministry of the church in our own diocese by providing clergy stipends, housing and pensions.
Many members of the congregation give directly to the Mission Partnership Scheme to support mission partners and societies with whom we have particular links. A separate leaflet is available with details of those we support.
Although we receive some income from the use of the buildings for concerts and special services, nearly 90% of our recurring income comes from the giving of the congregation through the planned giving scheme, donations and collections.
Through the pledge of our financial giving we can show our response for all that God has done for us and acknowledge all the blessings that He gives us. Our willingness to give is one way we express our thanks.
Some cannot give much, while others are able to give much more. Giving a certain proportion of our income is sometimes recommended, but it may be more appropriate for each of us to decide before the Lord what part we should play in sustaining the overall life of the church family, its worship, its fellowship, and its mission and outreach to others, both locally and overseas.
Giving to St Andrew’s
So that income is regular, reliable and much simpler administratively, we would urge you to give by making a monthly banker’s order arranging for payments to come through your bank.
If you nevertheless prefer to use the weekly envelope scheme, we would be pleased to supply you with a set of envelopes which can be put in the collection plate and also allows us to reclaim tax.
If you are a taxpayer, we can increase the value of your giving by reclaiming the tax from the Inland Revenue at a rate of 25p for every £1 given.
Should you wish to start giving to St. Andrew’s or to increase your current giving, may we ask that you obtain a form “A Question of Money” (freely available from within the Church next time you visit), or by contacting the Stewardship Recorder. This leaflet contains a Gift Aid declaration and the bank standing order, should that be applicable, and when completed can be returned to:
The Stewardship Recorder
St Andrew’s Church
If you would like to know more about gift aid, then details can be found on the Inland Revenue site .