Giving at All Saints'& St. Luke's

O Lord, giver of life and source of freedom, we know that all we have received is from your hand. You call us to be stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us to always use Your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our lives. Amen.            

 

Our vision for giving

We worship a generous God who gave everything for us

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

..and gives all things to us..

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
‘But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.  1 Chronicles 29:14

We are thankful for God’ generosity in giving us Jesus but also for all the other things that he has given us both as individuals and as a church.

 

How are All Saints' & St. Luke's funded?

As a Church of England parish, we are responsible for funding our own church ministry and the maintenance of our buildings. The money comes largely from regular monthly giving.

How are these gifts used to grow the church and further God's Kingdom?

These gifts are used to pay our Parish Share (more info here: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/support-services/finance/parish-share/). They also enable us to employ a children and families worker and a youth worker. The rest helps us to fund and resource other aspects of ministry such as conducting services, running a church office, maintenance of the buildings and much more.

What is the current situation?

God is gracious and provides for us year after year, even when things look bad. During 2018 it looked as though we might have a deficit at the end of the year but by His grace at work we were able to finish the year in the 'black'. However, we wish to be good stewards of what God has given us and we want to be able to look at ways to grow and increase our ministry. With that in mind we have a financial strategy (see below) in place to try and generate a positive culture of generosity and giving within our church family


How can I respond?

The Bible tells us to be like God and live generously in every area of our lives.

Each man should give what he has decided in his own heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion’
2 Corinthians 8 v 7

God gives us gifts to be used to build up the church; There are many areas of our church life together where you can contribute whether you have a few hours to give occasionally or several hours a week. If you are able to give of your time and gifts, please contact the church office or speak to Richard or one of the wardens.
 
The Bible also has a lot to say about how we use our money. Why not prayerfully consider whether God is asking you to review what you give to the work of the church.

 

Ways to give

If you would like to support the ministry of our churches, there are a number of ways that you can do this:

One-off donation

We are grateful of all gifts, however small: One-off donations can be placed in the wall safe located to the right of the church door, in the offertory plate on Sunday mornings or paid direct into our church account (sort code 60-01-01 account number 61591963)

Regular Pledged Giving

Regular pledged gifts help us to plan for the ministry of the church, knowing that we will have a steady income stream to meet our financial needs. The easiest way to do this is by setting up a standing order (see separate sheet)

Legacy

A gift in your will can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God after your death. Remember, you don’t have to be old to add a legacy to your will.

Gift Aid

If you pay income or capital gains tax and would like to gift aid your donation, please complete the Gift Aid Declaration opposite and hand it to the treasurer. This will enable the church to reclaim 25% of your donation from HMRC. Our registered charity number is 1140057


If you have questions please get in contact with Cathie Little, our treasurer on treasurer@allsaintsmarcham.org 07974 309958


Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation; through your goodness we have money to offer, the fruit of our labour and of the skills you have given us. Take us and our possessions to do your work in the world and in our parish. Amen

Registered charity number 1140057