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Giving to St Thomas’
Visitors to our church are under NO OBLIGATION to give.
We believe every person is a steward of the resources that God has given them. We must decide how to use these resources, to put them towards things of lasting value. Giving money recognises that all things come from God and helps to loose the grip that money can have on us. Giving to the church ensures the church is properly cared for and able to fulfil its calling. Expenditure at St T’s goes towards staff, the site and mission costs. We also support the wider church in our Diocese and throughout the world.
What does the bible says?
The Bible talks about money more than it talks about heaven, in fact there are over 2,000 relevant bible passages! What we do with our money is very important to God. Some basic principles are:
- God is abundantly generous to us and can multiply what we give back to him
- We give away from the best that we have, not the leftovers (Proverbs 3:9)
- We recognise that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)
- Giving brings joy and freedom to the giver and the receiver.
How to give?
GIVE REGULARLY ….
All giving is gratefully received and wisely used however great or small the amount and whenever or however it is given. With that said, it helps us as a church enormously to mange our finances if members can establish a regular pattern of giving through their banks, ideally on a monthly basis which coincides with many of our regular expense. If you can give this way then please complete a Standing Order form
Download a Standing Order form and return it to our Treasurer (this can be done in person or via a sealed envelope to the parish office).
Or if you’re not able to get into Church then set up a Direct Debit via JustGiving …
GIFT AID ….
The government allows churches (and other charities) to recover the tax you may have paid on the money you give to us. If you are a taxpayer this means that we can currently claim back an extra £1 on every £4 you give. This is not money the government gives the church; it is your money which you have paid in tax on the gift you are giving us and which is returned to us by the government.
Download a Gift Aid form and return it to our Treasurer (this can be done in person or via a sealed envelope to the parish office).
GIVE IN THE FUTURE ….
Gifts in Wills are an important part of Christian giving, and leaving a gift to your church is a way to thank God for all the blessings you have received in your lifetime. Many of us give regularly to the church each week or month from our income; why not from our estates too? It’s also a way to give thanks to God for the gifts of our life and lifetime.
- If you DO have a will and would simply like to add to it via a codicil then you can download appropriate words here.
- If you DON’T have a will and are thinking of writing one then please consider using the words available here.
You can find out more about giving to the church in the future by clicking here