"All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you." (1 Chronicles 29.14)
These words are taken from King David's prayer at the consecration of the Temple, and recall the people of Israel's understanding that we have nothing of our own - only what God has given. In response to God’s gracious generosity Christians are called to give towards his mission in the world.
To keep our churches open and an active Christian ministry alive in our parishes cost about £113,000 in 2018, that’s £2,173 per week. This amount excludes all but the most routine maintenance on our historic buildings. This money does not come from some secret fund but from generous donors who wish to give thanks to God by supporting his work.
If you would like to support Christ’s mission in this parish and ensure that our historic churches remain open there are various ways in which you can give.
Parish Giving Scheme: this is an excellent way of supporting our church and our preferred way for regular giving
However you can also give as one-off donation: either by
giving at a service either cash in the collection or by using the contactless giving terminal
as a separate donation sent directly to the treasurer or
by making a donation for specific occasions - coming shortly
Remembering our churches in your will
For more information on giving, please contact our Treasurer by email here
Where does the money go?
It costs over £113,000 a year to keep our churches open and resource the church’s ministry. The table below illustrates the major expenses incurred in 2018 (excluding major work to the fabric of the churches).
Cartoon by Dave Walker, originally published in the Church Times