Our Parish Housekeeping - and present predicament!
Thank you for viewing this page. The heading might seem a little strange at first glance but, just as we have to pay all our outgoings and bills for our homes, so likewise we are reliant on gifts and regular donations to keep our three wonderful churches open and running.
Our day to day and recurring running costs
We are wholly reliant on raising funds through gifts and donations to meet our outgoings – presently £100,000 per annum. Unsurprisingly, this is becoming a greater and more difficult challenge each year for our Parochial Church Council.
At the time of writing - July 2020 - we are all suffering from the repercussions of the Covid-19 virus and the worldwide loss of thousands of lives as a direct result of the pandemic. The economic impact has also been devastating: many have lost or are likely to lose their employment and are facing uncertain and worrying times ahead. An immediate knock on effect has been the reduction in giving to all charities, including churches, which have been closed for the period of lockdown. As congregations have not had the opportunity to make a donation at services, church income has fallen very substantially. Our Parish alone estimates to have lost a minimum of £4,000.
Can you help?
If you have not suffered financially - and for some the last three months has been a time where savings have in fact increased due to the enforced lockdown - please consider a one-off donation or setting up a regular payment to assist in keeping our churches open and able to provide the full range of services and pastoral care to the community.
Ways you can help:
The Parish Giving Scheme
The Parish Giving Scheme ”PGS”
This scheme has been taken up by hundreds of churches to help raise funds on a regular basis with many meaningful benefits available - including from the taxman!
How it works
Payments are collected monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually by direct debit (protected by bank indemnity).
The PGS administration team collect and direct the combined amounts for each Parish and credit the relevant Parish bank account on the 10th of the month.
Where donors pay tax and have completed the appropriate Gift Aid declaration, the PGS team is able to immediately reclaim 25% of each qualifying payment from the government which is also sent through to the Parish bank account in the same month.
So far we have 40 completed forms, with a target of 60 for the end of 2020, and our aim is to become financially self sufficient by the year end.
This is by far the most efficient and beneficial way of giving on a regular basis. The scheme offers major cash flow benefits; immediately bringing forward the gift aid element (thereby also removing the previous administration involved in collection) and allows accurate budgeting based on a predictable source of income to meet our outgoings.
If you can help and would like to join this scheme, please contact our Treasurer: Michael Drakeford – 01903 873601, or our PGS Administrator: Ian Hollyhomes – 01903 872475. They will be happy to provide any additional information and/or assist in completing the PGS form.
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A One-Off Donation
Donations can be made in church at our services where envelopes are available for those who wish to add Gift Aid; this enables the church to claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give.
We are grateful for your support, however much you can afford to give and whichever of the ways set out above you use to make your gift.
Parish Support Group
Parish of Findon Clapham & Patching