We believe that a vital part of belonging is helping to ‘pay the bills’. Making a regular financial contribution to the work of the local church is not only biblical but a very practical way of standing shoulder to shoulder with the whole church and demonstrating your commitment and support.
Where does the money go?
The work of St George’s, clergy and staff salaries and property, are financed entirely from the contributions of its members. A full financial report, audited accounts and annual budget is published each year and made available at the Annual Church Meeting. The elected PCC scrutinises and authorises expenditure throughout the year.
In addition, 10% of money received by St George’s is given in charitable aid to overseas agencies, mission partners and partnerships.
Additional offerings are sometimes raised in the event of a disaster or a missionary endeavour, etc. These are taken in addition to regular giving.
Visitors to the church are under no obligation to give.
How can you give?
You can give to St George’s by:
- One-off gift – cheque or CAF voucher (made out to St George’s PCC)
- Bank Transfer – please use your name as the reference so we can identify the gift as coming from you for Gift Aid reclaim
- Payroll Giving – Under the terms of your employers ‘Give as you earn’ scheme
- Gifts/donations – can be placed in the plate at the back of the church at each of our Sunday Services, or handed into the office.
By far the easiest and most tax-efficient form of giving, helpful for our own budget projections, is to set up a Standing Order: you can download a form or pick one up from the back of church on Sundays or from the church office during office hours. If you are a UK taxpayer, please fill in the gift aid declaration in order for us to claim back 25%.
For confidential information or advice about financial giving to St George’s please contact our Assistant church treasurer Diane Faux, in confidence, via the church office.