We believe every member of our church has a ministry and should be involved in serving and using their gifts and talents to help others and our local community. Our church, and the many things we do, would simply not be possible without the dedication and effort of all our church members. If you would like to be more involved in ministry at St John’s we would love to hear from you, whether you can help with catering, hospitality, sound and lighting or leading groups. Please speak to one our clergy to find out more.
Aside from your time and gifts, you can also provide financial support for the ministry here in Buckhurst Hill.
St John’s is financed entirely by the giving of its members. It is through these generous gifts that all our church activity takes place, whether heating the church, running mission events or staffing the office. We rely on ‘planned giving’, which enables us to plan and budget properly. We are very grateful for all those who regularly contribute to life and ministry of St John’s.
There is much more that we would like to do to further the Gospel here in Buckhurst Hill. In the past we have run very successful outreach activities using a marquee in the rectory garden, and we would like to do so again. We would like to use the reordered beautiful church as a venue for both outreach and community activity, but this increases our running costs. We would like to make better use, through modern media, of the teaching gifts available in the church, however this would require additional support skills. For some years we have thought our church life and ministry would be enhanced by a paid family worker position: new families continue to be drawn to St John’s. All of this is exciting. We rejoice in our church life together and anticipate its continuing growth. We believe we can resource it if we all join in with willing, generous and cheerful hearts.
How can I support the work of St John’s?
We invite you to give regularly to St John’s (Charity number 1127607). It helps us plan and budget for the ministry of the church if members can make a regular donation to the church through planned giving.
If you are unable to make a regular donation (perhaps because your income is not regular) the simplest way of making occasional or variable Gift Aid donations is by using the small white envelopes available at the back of the church. Gift Aid can be claimed if you fill in the required information on the outside of the envelope.
The white envelopes can also be used on occasions when you wish to give an additional one-off offering or similar donation, and as with planned giving, this may also be Gift Aided.
We try to be scrupulously careful about our spending, which is overseen by PCC. Our accounts are audited by an independent firm of accountants. Your giving is confidential.
Each year we give money to mission projects and individuals whom we partner with, or might be in need, at home and abroad. This is made up of a percentage from our unrestricted giving, plus plate collections, and has amounted to about 10% of voluntary giving in recent years. As part of the Church of England, half of our giving, (£11,562 every month in 2014) goes direct to the Diocese of Chelmsford as our contribution to the national church. This is by far our biggest outgoing.
How much should I be giving?
All that we have comes from the hand of God and we are to use his good gifts in ways that honour Him. As Christians, we are to give back to God in response to his generous blessings to us!
This may sound technical, but in the Old Testament, the people of Israel were taught to give a tenth of their income to God, which was called a ‘tithe’. This tithe was always considered the bare minimum and it is seen simply as giving to God what is already his. The figure of 10 per cent is still a good guideline for today. We don’t need to be legalistic about it, but it helps to give us some idea of the amount of money it takes to finance the work of mission and ministry in your local area.
The first practical steps are to work out how much money you have to start with, your income and outgoings. This will help you to work out how to be prudent, faithful, generous and express your partnership with others in ministry. If you’d like to talk to someone in more depth about this, please speak to a member of the clergy or the treasurer. Why not have a read of this: Handout on Giving PDF. If you still have questions, this reading this might help: Financial Giving FAQ
There are three ways to do this:
1. By setting up a standing order with your bank – if you would like to set one up, please use the form here: Gift Aid & SO form
2. By using weekly or monthly dated envelopes, which you put in the general collection using cash or cheque. Lisa Darby, our Planned Giving officer, will be very happy to provide these.
3. If your employer operates a Give As You Earn scheme, you can give through their payroll-giving scheme.
Other ways to give
A collection is taken at all Sunday services.
We also welcome giving by a CAF or Stewardship voucher. All cheques or CAF/Stewardship vouchers should be payable to St John’s Buckhurst Hill PCC please.
You can give in quoted shares and other securities (which entitles you to tax relief).
If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim tax relief you will need to fill in and return to us the Gift Aid Declaration form (download here), and return it to Lisa Darby if you have not done so already. The benefit to St John’s is that it can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given. If you pay higher rate tax, you will normally also be able to make a claim for a tax rebate for yourself through your own tax return. Here is the Gift Aid form: Gift Aid only
One-off payments can be made via cheque (made out to ‘St John’s PCC’) or electronically to the bank (use same bank details as for standing orders). For electronic payments please include your surname and initials in the reference.
If your gift is intended for a special fund rather than for general giving, write this on the back of the cheque or indicate it in the payment reference .
You may also like to consider leaving a legacy to St John’s in your will. Please ask your solicitor when you make or change your will, or ask us for more information.
Account Name: St Johns Church (Buckhurst Hill)
Sort Code: 20-52-74
Account No: 20846139
Download Gift Aid Form