Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

 

 

Giving at Thornhill Parish Church

We have a friendly church family and a warm and well-ordered church.

It costs us  £7000  a month to serve God and the local community. We do not receive any financial support direct from the Government for our day to day running costs.. We would like to worship God and extend our support to everyone living in Thornhill. We are careful to keep any major building work separately funded  mainly by grants from other organisations , some of whom are funded from taxation or the National Lottery. Much work has been done to bring the building up to date in terms of Disabled Access and  Facilities as well as major Fabric repairs. We launch special appeals for major work, but need your regular support to help us cover our day-to-day costs.

 Why we need so much money for day-to-day costs

 As a church we want to be free to use our funds in the best possible way to enable our mission and ministry in Thornhill to flourish This includes caring for our biggest   physical resource – the Church itself – as a place of worship and prayer, and as a place people come to for events and activities as well as for groups and organisations . It also includes heating and lighting and our contribution to the Common Fund. We work hard to keep our spending down, with annual reviews of energy and maintenance costs, seeking competitive quotes for work undertaken, and challenging ourselves in our ways of working to avoid waste.  Our costs are kept down dramatically by all the work done by our congregation and others in the community free of charge.

 How much should I give ?

Many people ask “How much should I be giving?”  We do not want to be prescriptive – there is no membership or access fee. We ask people to give what they decide that they can afford.

 The Church of England has always encouraged people to give 10% of their income away: 5% to the church and 5% to their chosen charities, and we support and encourage this approach. The table below gives a model of how much you might want to give in relation to your income. If you also Gift Aid your contribution (an option available to all UK tax payers) we can claim an additional  25p from the Government in every pound you give.

Weekly Net Income:

£100

£200

£300

£400

£500

Giving

5%

£5

£10

£15

£20

£25

Giving

10%

£10

£20

£30

£40

£50

 All giving to the church is managed by our Parish Gift Aid Officer and what you give kept confidential.

 

 What is the Common Fund?

The Common Fund is our contribution towards the running of our Diocese , and is the traditional way the Anglican Church has always funded ministry. In return for our share, we receive the funding for a full time Priest . We also receive legal support and advice and training for our Readers and colleagues.  Payment of the Common Fund is also about our social responsibility to support the wider work of the church nationally .  Bearing in mind the fact that one full time priest costs the Diocese £60,000 per annum  and  given that our Common Fund payment is around £35,000 for 2014, we clearly make a strong net gain in Thornhill from our financial contribution to the Diocese.

 

How to give:

The most convenient way for us to receive a regular donation is by standing order.  This  allows  us to predict our income and   helps us to know what we have available to spend and so budget more effectively. If you would like give to the work of the Thornhill Parish Church via standing order click  here to download a standing order form. Please complete the form and send it to your bank or use the details to set up a standing order by phone or online with your bank.  Please tell us you have done this and fill in a Gift Aid form if you wish here. You can also give using our envelope scheme or by putting cash on the collection plate at any service. If you give by standing order there are ‘gifting cards’ available at the back of church to symbolise your offering which can be put on the collection plate each week.

 Legacy and Wills

The Church has been remembered by many generous benefactors in the past. Why not consider leaving the Church something in your Will today, and set up a legacy?

If you would like further information or to discuss this or any other aspect of giving  including joining the envelope scheme please contact our Gift Aid Officer Christine Sheerin at  Tel Number 01924 457918 ; click here to email. Further information can be found on the  Church Legacy web site click here
Thank you for considering giving to our church you would be most welcome at any of our services or events.

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 Fund raising and  Giving on the web

You might also like to look at the information below about how to use the internet to give or to  earn extra money for the church.  

 http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ 

search for Thornhill Parish Church and when it appears click on the title and go to homepage  - then choose from Renewal Account or General and follow instructions.

 Shop Online and Raise Funds 

 It’s completely FREE to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' exclusive to easyfundraising.

 If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you need to do is visit http://www. and when you register, select Thornhill Parish Church as the organisation you wish to support.

 Search the Web and Raise Funds

You can also raise funds when you search the Web - with easysearch, a search engine with a difference!

 When you search the Web with easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you’ll raise funds for us with every search you make! Just like easyfundraising it’s completely free to use and if you make just 10 searches a day, you could raise £20 a year - or more - for us, just by switching to easysearch.

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thornhillchurch

 What’s more, easysearch is a 'super' search engine that combines the strengths of several search providers together - Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com and many more. easysearch tracks down the most relevant and accurate results from across the Web, which means you’ll find what you’re looking for quickly and easily every time - all in one ‘easy’ search.