Giving to our church

The future is in our hands

St James’s Church has achieved a lot in its 150 plus years and the future is exciting, but that future is in our hands. Maintaining the building, expanding ministry and supporting charities all cost money. The Church of England encourages us to give 5% of our net income to the church and a similar amount to other work that helps to build God’s kingdom. This is consistent with the biblical principle of the tithe. Only with a regular, budgeted income can future activities be undertaken.

What is 'Planned giving'?

'Planned giving' means supporting the church with a regular payment each month, quarter or year.

Gift Aid

If you gift aid your payment, every £1 you give is worth £1.25 because St James’s Church can reclaim from the government the tax paid on the money you give. This is at no cost to you. If you are a higher rate taxpayer you can claim a personal tax benefit, which means every £1 you give will cost you only 75p. To enable us to reclaim the tax and increase the value of our gift you should complete the Gift Aid Declaration.

Giving to St James's

The best way you can give to St James’s Church is by standing order. This allows the church to plan with greater certainty of income. Download the Standing Order Form. It is simple to complete and we will set it up for you. A standing order can be for a large or small amount. Some people pay a sum by standing order and make extra donations in church when their finances allow. Any amount, small or large, is welcome.

An alternative way of giving is by using the weekly white envelopes or the blue gift aid envelopes. Some people choose to put cash in the collection plate. We are, of course, grateful for this, but it does mean the church misses out on the 25% tax reclaim.

We hope that you will review your giving (can you increase it?), join the Planned Giving scheme, if you don’t already use it, and help us recover the tax paid by signing the Gift Aid form. Thank you.

Further information

Giving as you shop online
Giving in grace