Giving to Fund our Church Work
Our parish, like all parishes in the Church of England, has to finance itself. Regular and occasional churchgoers enjoy our worship and other support that our parish can offer. Without financial support from our users, we would not be able to maintain the current activities of mission and ministry nor maintain our beautiful grade II listed Gilbert Scott building.
On average it costs around £10,000 per month to run our Parish, which includes:
- The vicar, clergy team, and parish administration
- Our youth activities
- Maintaining and heating our church, office and Tamberlin room
- The Choir and music that enhance our worship
- Maintaining our churchyard
- The many community activities that we support
- Diocese support and advice (e.g. safeguarding, mission, training)
How much should I give?
The short answer is as much as you feel able to. It is a thoughtful, prayerful decision that only you can make. If it helps the average amount given within our Diocese of Southwark is £78 per month per person. We would also ask you to review your giving annually.
What ways can I give?
This can be set up online via this link Shirley St John the Evangelist – Parish Giving Scheme or by telephone 0333 002 1271 quoting our parish name Shirley St John the Evangelist and reference 370637373. Your donation will be made on the 1st day of the month (there is also the option to donate quarterly or annually).
For more information on the Parish Giving Scheme click here &/or watch this video …..
We are encouraging everyone to switch to direct debit as part of the Parish Giving Scheme as this has considerable administration benefits both for our treasurer and gift aid secretary. It also significantly reduces the amount of bank charges our church has to pay. However if you still wish to set up a standing order, please contact our Treasurer.
If you are a tax-payer, you will also need to complete this Gift Aid Declaration so we can reclaim the tax you have paid which will increase the value of your donation by a further 25%. This can be submitted electronically or requested from our gift aid secretary ([email protected]) and returned by post.
Occasional ‘one off’ giving
If attending St Johns in person, you can donate either before or after our services by cash, card or cheque (payable to the PCC of St John the Evangelist Shirley). The card reader is by the door as you enter, it is set to £5 but you can increase the amount if you wish or tap multiple times. You will always get a ‘Thank You’ message on the screen if the transaction has gone through successfully.
If your gift is greater than £30 and you are a tax-payer, please also fill in a yellow gift aid envelope.
Which ever way you choose, the most efficient form of giving, if you are a tax-payer is to gift aid your donations. This will increase your donation by a further 25%. Higher rate tax-payers may also receive tax relief for charitable giving.
Legacy Gift in your Will
Once you have made provision for your loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will to St John the Evangelist is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support the mission, ministry and heritage of our church in our community of Shirley. Your gift could enable us to achieve something that we could not normally do. Pamela Gooding did just that. The gift in her Will enabled us to renovate church cottage.
For more information including a legacy information pack please click here