Perhaps the following line sums up where we need to be: “Give to God what is right, not what is left”
In considering the money side of our giving to the Church we need to look back at St. Paul’s words — Our giving should be:
Regular: Every Sunday
Individual: Each of us
Planned: Must put aside
Proportional: In proportion to what has been earned.
There is no membership fee to belong to the Church of England, so each of us must decide for ourselves how much to give. As Christians we can make that decision through prayer and understanding our special relationship with God.
Giving to your Church is part of Christian Stewardship which includes giving time, talent and money for the caring management of resources, to enable the mission and ministry of the Church within God’s creation.
Each of us can afford to give away some of our money. It may be the widow’s mite, or a millionaire’s trust fund. St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said, “Every Sunday, each of you must put aside some money in proportion to what has been earned.”
Many people try to give away one tenth of their take-home pay in accordance with the biblical tithe. For over 15 years the General Synod has asked all members of the Church of England to aim at giving a minimum of 5p in the £ (1/20th) of their disposable income “to and through the church”. Much of the historic funds that have sustained the Church for many years came from Bequests and Trusts set up by people in their Will. The practice of making a bequest to the Church has regretfully fallen into disuse in recent years. If you are thinking about setting up a Will (it’s never too early to do this) or making a change to an existing Will, please do consider the Parish and the wider Church.
When you pledge money to the Parish you can give using either or both of the following methods, to suit your needs.
- Monthly by Direct Debit through the Parish Giving Scheme
- Monthly by Standing Order direct to our bank
- Weekly by using our Weekly Envelope Scheme
To find out about the Parish Giving Scheme, pick up a purple leaflet from the back of church or speak to Jacqui Wilson. To register with the Parish Giving Scheme, you can go online at www.parishgiving.org.uk or by calling 0333 002 1271. To register you will need the following details:
- Parish: Portsdown Christ Church
- Diocese: Portsmouth
- PGS Parish Code: 290629068
If you would like to make a monthly Standing Order or change your existing arrangement, complete a standing order form (below), or get one from Jacqui Wilson.
To receive envelopes for the Weekly Envelope Scheme, please speak to Roger Banks.
What do we spend the money on?
Your gifts and donation are used for:
- Day to day running of our Church such as heating, lighting and maintenance.
- Costs of ministry such as paying for Andy, our Vicar, the Dioceses support team and the wider Church of England.
- Mission support (we are committed to giving 10% of our income to mission support)
- Development of our Church such as our current Building Development program
One Off Donations
An Enduring Donation Through a Legacy Gift
- Make a will and review it regularly.
- Consider leaving a gift to your church.
- Add a codicil to an existing will for no extra cost.
For further information contact the Treasurer.
Sending a Cheque
Make your cheque payable to “Christ Church Portsdown” and send it to:The Treasurer Christ Church Portsdown London Road Cosham Portsmouth PO6 3NB
Direct Bank Donation
To make a donation directly to our bank account, our details are:
- Account name – Christ Church Portsdown
- Sort code – 54-30-11
- Account number – 01523171
- Please use the reference gift/initialsurname, for example gift/JSmith
In the budget for April 2000 the Chancellor set out the most significant change to charity giving for many years. As well as making the process simpler to administer the Chancellor widened the scope on what can be reclaimed. The changes took effect on 6th April 2000. The Church of England estimate the changes are worth in excess of 20 million pounds per year to the Church of England – It could be worth between £5,000 and £10,000 to our parish – just for signing a simple form.
If you pay tax, Gift Aid is a scheme by which you can give a sum of money to charity and the charity can reclaim from the Inland Revenue basic rate tax on your gift. That increases the value of the gift you make to the charity.
For example, if you give £10 using Gift Aid in the tax year 2010/11, that gift is worth £12.50 to the charity. Subject to a few rules, you can give any amount, large or small, regular or one-off, and the charity can reclaim the tax. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim relief on the difference between the basic rate and higher rate of tax. If you do not pay tax, you should not use Gift Aid.
Three simple steps to take
Complete a ‘Gift Aid Declaration’ form below or obtain one from Roger Banks in church, and send this to the treasurer at the address above.
If you want to make further donations to the church from now on, in addition to any regular commitment you may already have, please make sure you use one of the ‘Gift Aid’ envelopes found in the church. For gifts to other charities (i.e. mission of the month) please use the white ‘Mission of the Month’ envelopes. Once the form has been returned to Roger, he will send out special personalised envelopes to you for use when you want to make additional gifts to the church – don’t forget, every little helps.