We strongly encourage personal giving to support our church and its activities. Christ gave all that he could – himself. And this prompts our response to give back to his work – in our time, talents and finances.
In a ‘normal’ year (when we haven’t got big building projects) it costs us around £1500 a week to do all the things that we want to do as a church, keep the building open and pay for the provision of ministry. We’re completely reliant on regular giving, donations, fund raising and hiring out rooms to do this.
How to give
The Bible encourages us to give at least a ‘tithe’ of our income, that’s 10%, to God’s work. The Church of England invites us to give 5% in regular financial support to our local church with the remainder going to other causes.
You can give financially to St John with St Mark’s by any of the following methods:
- Standing Order – payments from your bank directly into the church bank account. Normally these would be monthly. Most of our regular giving comes to us this way.
- Weekly Envelopes – this is via a dated set of small gift envelopes to put cash or a cheque into the church collection each week.
- Payroll giving – made by your employer directly from your pay. This has the advantage of excluding the amount that you give to us from your taxable income. In addition, some employers will match your payment! Check with your employer if they run this scheme.
- One-off payments – can be made by cheque or BACS.
- easyfundraising – this is a new method for us which doesn’t cost you any extra! Take a look at this post for more information. Once you’ve signed up we receive a small donation as a ‘thank you’ from the selected retailer each time you shop on-line via the website.
- Ecclesiastical – this insurance company are celebrating their 130 year anniversary this year. If you take out your home insurance with them before 31st December 2019 then they will donate £130 to us. Just quote ‘Trust 130’ when you take out your policy.
- Leaving a legacy – this can be a fixed amount or a proportion of your overall estate (after expenses and any other fixed amounts have been paid). For guidance, please take a look at this site and take advice from a professional about your will to ensure that it is correctly worded.
Gifts of money are held for general church use unless agreed otherwise. If you wish to give a larger amount of money for a specific purpose this will need to be approved by the Church Council and your gift will then be restricted to that particular use.
Checking the books
All cash given during church services is counted by two persons and recorded.
Our accounts are independently examined each year. Approved accounts are then presented to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting with a copy going to Manchester Diocese.
Gift Aid Schemes
The Inland Revenue (HMRC) supports charities like ours by refunding tax to the charity where a person gives to a charity from their taxed income. The Church can claim this money if the donor signs a Gift Aid Declaration. This says that their gift (and all other claimed gifts) is from income from which they pay sufficient tax.
This gift has to be given in a traceable manner. This can be either directly into our bank account or using a numbered gift envelope, so that we can provide an audit trail. A one-off gift will be specifically acknowledged with a receipt.
In addition, small cash donations (from April 2019 this is £30 or less) which are given in church also attract a similar payment from HMRC without the need for a declaration form. There is currently a limit of £8,000 in small cash donations per annum eligible for this scheme. So, this gives us up to a possible £2,000 refund a year.
Want to know more?
Please see the Treasurer, Ian Banks, for details or get in touch via the Contact page if you want to know more about any of the above.