Giving for Growth-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice
Giving to St Margaret’s Church
This information is aimed at those of you who might like to give to St Margaret’s Church, either regularly or on particular occasions, but who are not quite sure how to go about it – or who perhaps wonder that your contributions won’t make any difference. Isn’t the Church of England somehow supported by Government? Why does it need more money from hard-pressed individuals?
Nationally, about three quarters of the Church of England’s funds come from the contributions of their church congregations. Parishes – like St Margaret’s – have to pay an annual “parish share” to their Diocese (in our case Canterbury), as well as their own running and maintenance costs and the costs of any other activities they wish to undertake. Currently, our annual parish share is nearly £38,000, and our total annual costs nearly £60,000.
Contributions from individuals form the main source of our income in St Margaret’s. We want to make sure that it is as easy as possible for individuals to contribute if they wish to, and that payments are made where possible in a tax-efficient way.
These can be made through the envelope scheme or by standing order – whichever method suits you better.
Members of the envelope scheme are given a box of 52 envelopes every year; they generally contribute the same amount every week, and put their filled envelope in the collection plate during the church service. Payments in the envelopes can be made by cash or cheque.
Standing order payments can be set up through your bank to be made monthly, quarterly or annually – again, whichever suits you best. If you do wish to set up a regular payment to the church, please get in touch with me so that I can explain further and sort out the paperwork.
If you are a UK taxpayer, I will also ask you whether you can sign a Gift Aid declaration; this is a very short and simple form which allows us to reclaim tax on your payments – currently 25p for every £1 you give – so is of huge help to our finances.
One-off gifts can be made at any time, by cash or cheque. Again, your gift will be even more valuable to us if you can Gift Aid it; your £5 becomes £6.25, your £10 becomes £12.50! There are special envelopes at the back of the church which contain the necessary declaration for UK taxpayers – please do use them if you can.
If you wish to contribute purely or mainly for the fabric of St Margaret’s Church – a Grade I listed building, whose maintenance requires costly specialist treatment – you may wish to do this through membership of The Friends of St Margaret’s Church. More information can be found on the Friends’ page of this website.
If you have any questions at all or wish to discuss any of this further, in confidence, please get in touch – my details are below. Thank you all so much for your support.
Charlotte Ford - Gift Aid Secretary, St Margaret of Antioch Church
Telephone: 01304 853280. E-mail: Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org