Gifts and Giving

giving-churchill-quote1The following information may be of use to you if you are reflecting on what or how you give to the church.  This can be a difficult topic, as we all give in different forms – perhaps financially, in time and many other ways.

Sometimes people want to give, and are not sure about the ways that would be most useful to the church.  The purpose of this page is to provide as much information as possible in order for you to reach a conclusion that is right for you.

Ways of giving

Offering time

There are always things that need doing, helping with a coffee morning, cleaning and gardening (and many others).

Supporting church fund raising events

Simply coming along and being involved in events at the churches or at community events is a good way of helping.

At services

There will usually be an offering plate passed round at services, money placed here will go to supporting the regular work of the church.  By using the gift aid envelopes, you can increase the value of your offering by 20%.

Regularly each month / year

This is a really useful way of giving, as it provides a steady predictable income to the church.  Many have found this way of giving surprisingly easy to manage – standing orders are completely in your control, and with on-line banking it is particularly simple to set up.

To set up a standing order for a church please go to the respective page on this site, where details of the sort-code and account number for that church; the document also contains details of how to advise our treasurers any gift-aid declaration you can make.

In memory of a loved one

A gift in memory of a loved one could be a way of providing a lasting legacy.  There are stewardshipusually projects that the churches will have in mind; it would be worth speaking to a church warden, or the Priest in Charge; they will be able to tell you about current work.

Such gifts can be associated with specific areas of the church, such as music, bells, hymn books, children’s work or mission.  We would be happy to discuss some ideas with you if you wish.

In a will

A gift in your Will can keep our church alive in our community – and transform it’s future.

Many people give a proportion of our income to support our church every week.  But we are stewards of everything we own, not just our income.  As Christians, we should consider giving a proportion of all that we have to support the mission and ministry of our church.

Leaving a gift in your Will can reduce the amount of inheritance tax to be paid.

Writing a Will helps to secure the future of the people you love.  Leaving a gift in your Will helps to secure the future of our church.  We could carry out alterations to the building, work with young people, run courses, reach out to people in need…  What could your gift achieve?

“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”

(1 Chronicles 29)

For suggested Will clauses to leave a gift in your Will, please see  www.churchlegacy.org.uk (opens in a new window).  You can also order A simple guide to making your Will by phoning 08445 870875 or emailing pack@churchlegacy.org.uk

There are draft clauses both for leaving a percentage of your estate and for leaving a fixed cash amount.  Dividing your estate into shares can help you provide for you family and friends first, sharing what is left over between your church and other charities.

We strongly advise you to see a solicitor when writing or amending a Will.

Gift Aid

If you are a tax payer, you can increase the value of your giving significantly through some simple steps.

If you are in church there will be envelopes in which to put your gift, but it is important that you provide you name / address details, and sign the envelope as indicated; without that information we cannot claim the additional value from the inland revenue.

If you plan to give regularly or as a donation, it is again important to tell our treasurer if you are able to gift aid the amount.  Providing the gift aid information can be in an email or a formal letter if you prefer.

Giving for specific reasons / projects

We welcome all legacies and gifts, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parishes.

PCCs generally use legacies to help fund significant development projects in the parish, whether buildings, equipment or staff.  Since needs change over the years, we would encourage you to leave a gift for the general purposes of the parish.  PCCs will often discuss with executors the most appropriate use of the gift in the light of current projects and the areas of interest in the church (e.g. children and youth, music, buildings.  Ask for our parish legacy policy to find out more.giving-legacy-prints