How to give to St Paul's
We believe that God invites us as a church and as individuals to depend on Him for everything that we need and to discover His extraordinary provision as we learn to give generously. Giving money regularly is an important expression of gratitude and love for God, as well as an important way of demonstrating practical commitment to our church family.
We receive no financial support from the Government or the Church of England. As such, the mission and ministry of St Paul's depends almost entirely on the generous giving of our church family.
Please download the following leaflet to find out more about giving to St Paul's: Giving to St Paul's 2020
The Bible teaches various key principles that should shape our attitude to giving:
Everything we have belongs to God and is given to us by Him (1 Chronicles 29:14b) - our giving back to God demonstrates this
The Old Testament establishes the concept of a "tithe" in which 10% of income (or the harvest in biblical times) is given to God
Jesus encourages the practice of tithing, alongside a heart for promoting justice and living out the love of God (Luke 11:42)
Paul encourages everyone to "set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income" (1 Corinthians 16:2) - this is tremendously freeing and allows us all to participate equally and continually, whether we are rich or poor in the world's eyes
How can I give?
It is important that regular and planned giving should primarily be a prayerful response of the heart. Take time to pray, consider your monthly finances carefully and explore with God how much it is right for you to give.
We recommend two distinct methods of giving:
Bank Standing Order - this enables you to decide how much you want to give each month and when you want to give it. It is the most efficient and popular way of regular giving, which also helps the church to plan its expenditure more effectively.
Weekly Envelopes - If you prefer, we can instead supply a year's pack of weekly envelopes in which you can place a gift and bring it with you to church.
With both methods, you can increase the value of your gift by 25% simply by completing a Gift Aid Declaration form, which entitles the church to reclaim the tax that you will have already paid on your gift.
Please contact Nana Sarpong for more details or Ruth Swain to obtain a copy of the standing order form or a supply of weekly envelopes.
A Lasting Legacy? For the longer term, do consider if you are able to leave a gift to St Paul's in your will. Please contact Nana Sarpong for more information