Giving For Life – Ways you can give

jar ‘GIVING FOR LIFE’

God at the heart of St. Johns,

St. John’s at the heart of Brigg

 

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Christian stewardship is always a tricky and sensitive subject. Yet we all have those questions floating around our minds. I would like to give financially to my local church but……How much to give? How to give?

           

 One way we could give is through Planned Giving.

 

Why use planned giving?

  • It helps the church to budget
  • It helps you to budget.

 

share not holdHow much should I give?

  • Some early disciples gave everything! We see this clearly in the book of Acts

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Act 4:32-35)

  • The Old Testament teaching was a “tithe” or 1/10th

(10%) of all wealth.

  • The General Synod of the Church of England suggests 5% of disposable income (after tax income) to the Church with up to another 5% to good causes.

 

So just as an exercise, we earnestly invite you to review your own giving in the light of your own personal circumstances:

Examples for 5% of after-tax incomes are:

 

Monthly

Disposable Income

Monthly

Giving (£)

Weekly

Giving (£)

(rounded)

500 25   5.50
1000 50 11.10
1200 60 13.50
1400 70 15.60
1600 80 18.00
1800 90 20.00
2000 100 22.25
2500 125 28.00
3000 150 33.50
3500 175 39.00
4,000 200 44.50
5,000 250 55.50
6,000 300 66.50

 

How to give hand give

The traditional way of giving is to put money on the collection plate each Sunday. This does not help with budgeting for either givers or the church. In some revivalist churches a pastor would send the plate round again and again until he thought the giving was sufficient!

 

However…. We suggest three other methods:

 

  1. Goodblessed to give

Join the envelope scheme. It’s anonymous but allows you to give a set amount each week. Weeks missed are easily made up.

 

  1. Better

Make a monthly standing order. This way aids yours and the church’s budgeting. Many of our fixed costs are paid monthly.

 

  1. Best

Whether you give by envelope or by standing order, we ask, please would you make a Gift Aid Declaration? (many of us are taxpayers). Roughly, for every £1.00 you give, the Church gets back an additional 25p!

 

 

Church Budgeting

The Treasurer proposes annual budgets to the Parochial Church Council (PCC), reflecting expected income and approved needs. The PCC endeavours to keep expenditure within budget. The Treasurer reports income and expenditure bi-monthly to the PCC and church officers.

Prudent budgeting and monthly monitoring of expenditures enabled us to plan the following the following expenditures in 2016. However, we still need approximately £270 extra each week to break even.

Even then, anticipated inflation will increase our costs over the next two years. In addition there are many mission objectives as well as upgrading our heating in church( approximately £50,000), refurbishment of the church interior (approximately £20,000) and repairs and maintenance of the exterior of the Church that is urgent (approximately £250,000).

BUDGET FOR 2017

  Annual

£

Monthly

(rounded)

£

Weekly

(Rounded)

£

Insurance, cleaning, heating & lighting of Church and Church Centre  

 

10,000

 

 

833

 

 

192

Parish Share for our clergy and mission in Deanery and Diocese               *  

 

23,500

 

 

1,958

 

 

452

Parish office expenses  

  2,530

 

   210

 

  49

Music & worship expenses  

  5,500

 

   458

 

106

Miscellaneous   2,120    177   41
Total 43,650 3,636 840

 

* This is the ‘share’ for St John the Evangelist. The other churches in the Benefice (Worlaby, Wrawby, Bonby, Howsham/Cadney) contribute to the overall Benefice Share. The Vicar has a wide role involving schools, and many people who need his services i.e. baptism, weddings, funerals; people who need some-one to talk to when undergoing life changing circumstances e.g. marital breakup, loss of employment, homelessness, bereavement etc.

 

 

So, we need everyone to participate in ‘Giving for Life’ so that St. John’s Church can continue to flourish during the testing years ahead.

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