Did you know that the Church of England is the biggest voluntary organisation in the UK? Many people, when they think of the church, think of us as being ‘after their money’. Unfortunately, the church hasn’t always helped matters by holding events such as jumble sales ‘in aid of the church’. Yes, the Diocese has inherited a few nice buildings and has some capital tied up in assets, but contrary to popular belief, the Church of England is not ‘rolling in cash’.
What you won’t see at Bramcote are fund-raising thermometers outside the church, for all the funds we spend on the worshipping community are raised from within that community through regular giving.
However, we do need money to do the work that we do within the community – from direct work with children and young people, our work in the local schools, our services to those getting married and the bereaved, our pastoral support of those in need in our community, and our wider support for those in need in the world. As a registered charity, our accounts are public and you can always see how and where we spend our money.
100% of the money that you give to Saint Michael’s Church goes towards
our mission and ministry within the local community and the wider world.
So, how much should I give?
We do ask our members – those who are joining in with the mission of God in the world – to contribute financially to our work. There is no set amount, and we recognise that some can give a little, yet others can give much. There is tradition in the Bible of giving 10% of your income, the first-fruits of your labour, back to God. This might be a good start, and part of this 10% might be given to the work of the church. Of course, the last thing we would ever want to do is put anyone under financial obligation or burden – we seek to alleviate poverty, not cause it!
How do I give to the mission of Saint Michael’s Church?
If you would like to give to the work of Saint Michael’s Church, the best thing you can do is set up a standing order/direct debit with your bank – even if it is just a small amount. If you are a UK tax payer, you can also fill in a Gift Aid form. This means that for each £1 you give the church, we can also claim back some of the tax that you pay.
Another way of giving, particularly if you are an occasional visitor or prefer to give by cheque or cash, is to use the yellow giving envelopes in the pews. By completing the declaration on the front of these envelopes, and provided you are a UK tax payer, we are able to claim the gift-aid. Of course, if you are not a UK tax payer, then you can simply give cash or cheques on a Sunday or via the collection box in the church building and not use the envelopes at all!
For further information or advice, please contact Ken Bird, our Planned Giving Officer, on (0115) 925 1491 who will be only too pleased to advise you how to go about this. Alternatively, contact Frank Mellon, our church treasurer, on (0115) 922 1443 and he will be happy to help you set things up.
You can give any one-off donations simply by writing a cheque made payable to ‘BRAMCOTE PCC’ and sending it directly to the Treasurer via the church office. Alternatively, you can do a single bank transfer.
In each case please consider using ‘Gift Aid’ to increase the overall value of your donation.