Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I give?
The Old Testament required God’s people to give 10% of their income and most churches around the world would expect something like that level of commitment. Yet the New Testament doesn’t impose any law - it is matter of freedom - we can give less or more as an expression of our gratitude to God (although we are, materially speaking, very well-off compared with the rest of the country and the world).
What form of giving is most helpful for the church?
If at all possible, we encourage people to set up a monthly standing order with their banks. Knowing that we will then have this regular income helps us to budget for the coming year.
Details of how to set up a standing order can be found on our giving page.
What if I set up a standing order and my circumstances change?
You can change or cancel a standing order at any time. Therefore, if you receive a pay increase or a bonus, you can increase your standing order using your online banking or by writing to your bank. Likewise, if you face redundancy or a period of reduced income, you can cancel your standing order or reduce your monthly donations. If you can let the Treasurer know about any changes, that will help him keep track of your giving and keep his budgeting in order.
How often should I review my giving?
Most Christians will want to increase their giving each year if that is possible. You will probably find it helpful to review your giving a couple of times a year (perhaps in April and in October) to check whether it is sustainable and whether it could be increased.
What if I am a tax-payer?
If you are a UK tax-payer, then it is vital that you complete a Gift Aid declaration and return it to the treasurer. Once you have done so, then every time you make a gift to the church, we will be able to increase the value of your gift by claiming back income tax from HM Revenue and Customs. For example, if you give the church a gift of £1,000 together with a gift aid declaration, we will also be able to claim back £250 from HM revenue and Customs. Therefore, the cost to you will only be £1,000, but because of the tax back, its value to us will be £1,250! These tax refunds form an important part of the church’s annual income and so please make sure that the church doesn’t miss out! If you are a higher rate tax payer, then please note that we can only claim back the basic rate portion of tax. Therefore, when you complete your annual tax return, you may be able to reclaim the higher rate portion of tax from HMRC so that the church benefits and you benefit under the Gift Aid scheme.
We can only benefit from the Gift Aid scheme if you complete a declaration and so please download a Giving Form now, print the form, tick the box, complete your details and return it to us.
Can I speak to somebody to get more advice or more information?
Our Treasurer, Stephen Hatherall, is available at the church office during normal office hours and will be pleased to speak to you in confidence. He can be contacted by phone 020 8543 4411 or by Email: Steven Hatherall