Stewardship

Help us to GROW

What is Christian Stewardship?

Why Give?

Christian Stewardship is about committed giving to the Church. It is more than an appeal for funds or to raise money to meet the church budget. Your giving is focused on our ministry and mission, on making a difference in the lives of the people and not simply on the survival of an institution. Above all we want you to give because you know the grace of God poured out to you in Christ. Certainly, however we do have very real financial needs.

The Need

The expected reduction in income, caused by the financial crisis, leaves us with an anticipated deficit of £24,000 on a total expenditure of some £356,700. (See Short Guide to Church Finances 2009)

Our declared policy is that Stewardship: Regular Planned Committed Tax Effective Giving should meet the cost of the Common Fund (paid to the Diocese) and of employing Father Mark as Assistant Priest and Church Administrator. This amounts to £75,000.

The current stewardship commitment is £51,000, a deficit of £24,000. This is the additional figure that we need to raise in 2009 if we are not to have major cuts in the facilities and services we offer.

It is imperative that we raise funds to meet this deficit if we are to survive and operate in the manner in which are currently able to.

How to Give

Regular, Planned, Committed Tax Effective Giving allows us to prepare an annual budget in the knowledge that a proportion of our necessary expenditure – for the running of the church and its ministry – is covered by the committed giving of our congregation.

Clearly, some of us can afford more and some of us cannot – the important thing is the principle of the commitment itself.

Please reflect on what it costs to run and maintain our beautiful church and to carry out our ministry together, and make your stewardship pledge. You can download the Stewardship form by clicking here filling it in, and returning it to the Parish Office.

  1. Consider what you have, materially, emotionally and spiritually.
  2. Think and pray about what you can give in return for the gifts you have received. Start where you can, but make a start.
  3. Write down your annual income.
  4. Choose a percentage: The average donation is 0.8% of your salary (£240 from £30,000) although the recommended amount (as outlined by the Charities Aid Foundation: CAF) is 1.5% (£450 from £30,000). Please do try to give at least 1%.
  5. Determine your annual pledge. If you wish to pay weekly, divide by 52. If you wish to pay monthly, divide by 12.
  6. Return your pledge card on Sunday or send it to the Parish Office.
Income 0.8% 1% 1.5% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%
15,000 120 150 225 300 600 900 1,200 1,500
25,000 200 250 375 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500
30,000 240 300 450 600 1,200 1,800 2,400 3,000
50,000 400 500 750 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000
75,000 600 750 1,125 1,500 3,000 4,500 6,000 7,500
100,000 800 1000 1,500 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000