Why do we give?
Christians give gratefully as a way of thanking God for all he provides. We give sacrificially just as Jesus gave himself for the salvation of others. Believers are partners in the gospel and each contribute as we are able, whether financially or in other ways. We give in order to cover the costs of ministry we receive and to offer the good news free of charge to others. God loves it when we give freely, not reluctantly. For that reason we keep your giving private, especially from church leaders, so that no-one feels obliged. (Feel free to contact our treasurer or administrator in confidence.)
How much do we give?
There are no fixed rules and everyone's circumstances are different. Some are only able to give a little but it means a great deal to Jesus. Many give a proportion of their income. For example, if 10 households give 10% that provides an average income for one preacher, gospel worker or mission partner. Some are able to give a one-off donation from savings, occasional income or in their will. Those gifts often help us a great deal with one-off projects like making our buildings more welcoming, or housing a gospel worker.
How can I give?
A standing order or one-off donation can be made using online banking. Our bank details are:
St Matthew's PCC
sort code 08-92-99
account number 65255667
If you prefer, you can download and print a standing order form, and send it to us to deal with, or contact us and we will post one to you. Donations can also be made via the card reader in the church building. Cash or cheques, payable to 'St Matthew's PCC' can be posted into the safe inside the church entrance on the right, in a church envelope, or in the letter box in the blue door near the church halls.
What about my will?
It is good to prayerfully prepare a will and keep it up to date so you can help provide for anyone who depends on you. In addition, some have been able to make a lasting difference to the work of St Matthew's Church. If appropriate, you could name St Matthew's PCC as a beneficiary of your estate. Remember to check the will is legally valid and that others know where to find it. It is helpful to give the PCC freedom to use the gift as needed at the time. The needs might be different by the time it is received.
How will it be spent?
Most of what we receive is used to employ a small team of pastors, preachers, youth or children's workers, who equip us to share the good news, love our community and persevere in our faith. Each year we also spend a smaller sum on Bible groups, church family events and evangelistic programmes, and keeping our buildings safe and welcoming. At least 10% of your gifts are sent to mission partners who have gone from St Matthew's to reach people from elsewhere. Full details in our annual report and accounts.
How can I help with a particular need?
If you would like a one-off gift to go to a specific need or appeal mentioned in church, please write that on the envelope or use the online 'reference' field. Please allow us as much flexibility as possible in how a gift can be spent, in case we receive too much for one need and not enough for another, and to ease the financial administration. You could label a gift with a broad category, like 'mission' or 'staff' or 'buildings'. If it is not marked it will be used wherever the need is greatest at the time.
What if I pay tax?
The church can claim back some of the tax you pay at no extra cost to you, so long as we have received a gift aid delcaration and you include your name on any gift. You can either download, print and return to us the Gift Aid declaration or complete the form below.
Gift Aid Declaration
I would like St Matthew's Church to reclaim tax on all donations I make now and in the future. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. I give permission for my details to be stored on a computer.
If you are unsure whether this applies to you please see www.hmrc.gov.uk. Please let the church know if your name or address change, or if you no longer pay enough tax. If you pay tax at a higher rate you can claim further relief in your self-assessment tax return.