At each service, a collection of money is taken (the amount is up to the individual) to go towards the work of the churches in our benefice. As part of the Christian life we are called to be good stewards of the world, of the gifts given to us, and to work towards the building up of the kingdom of God where we are. By giving money we are helping to keep our buildings open for worship of God, prayer, baptisms, weddings and funerals and much more. Some of the money given will be used to support our local community as well as other charities working around the world to transform the lives of others by helping those in need.
Please consider helping us to make the world a better place by gift aiding your donation. Gift Aid is surprisingly easy to use. Gift Aid can apply to donations of any amount, large or small, by cash, cheque, postal order, direct debit, standing order, debit or credit card or even in a foreign currency (including the Euro). If you are a UK taxpayer, all you have to do is give the Church a simple Gift Aid declaration. This might involve completing a short form or just giving basic details to the Church over the phone or the Internet. What’s more, one single Gift Aid declaration can apply to all past donations you have made over the past 4 years and to all future donations you make.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer looking to reclaim tax from your donation, all you have to do is remember to include details of your charitable gifts on your tax form. You will need to sign up for this with the church gift aid officer. It is confidential. You will be required to sign a small document and from then on put your money in an envelope to drop onto the collection plate each time you attend a service. You will be assigned a personal number to be written on the envelope.
Please consider gift aiding when you decide how much money to put in a service collection.