Two years ago we launched a vision called “DARING FAITH”, where we asked people to be daring in their faith in supporting the work of the church and we still invite you to help make this vision transform the world around us.
You can also give now here: via debit or credit card
Giving Form available for download here
As members of God's family we belong to Him. All that we are and all that we have are His. Our giving is therefore a love response. Part of our family responsibility is to invest the resources He gives us for His purposes and for His glory.
In the Bible God calls us to respond to Him in thankfulness by giving to and through our local church, where we are fed and nurtured. We should give joyfully, generously and freely, in proportion to our ability.
Harry Morten is our Head of Finance, and he explains all about our Finances here.
It is therefore in this spirit that we ask everyone to reflect on their own giving, and to give as much as they can, preferably via planned giving if possible. One-off donations to support the work of our church are also very gratefully received, as are legacies.
For a highly informative website about giving to our church through legacies, please click here. Legacy leaflets are available in church and a copy is also downloadable from the Legacies page of our website.
Where does the money go?
Around 56% of our current income goes to pay for our wonderful church building, from maintenance, heating, insurance and the office, as well as our "Parish Share." This is money which all parishes contribute to the diocese to support the work of the Church as a whole. In this way, better-off parishes give to help poorer churches, in places which might otherwise be left without a church or a priest or a Christian community. We also pay a "tithe" to charities supported by Buckingham Parish Church (click here to learn more about the charities we support)
The remaining 52% pays for all our children's workers and other staff who keep the whole church running so smoothly, as well as our "Mission & Outreach" work in the community and the running costs of services.
How much should I give?
In the Old Testament, God called His people to give 10% as their tithe. Additional freewill offerings were over and above this. In the New Testament, we are under grace not law, and therefore we should be motivated to give even more freely. How much you give is a matter for prayerful consideration between you and the Lord. There will be times and seasons when you can give freely of your time but not so freely of your income and other seasons where the reverse will be true; the important thing is that we should be giving something. Those living off diminishing pensions will of course find it particularly hard to give financially but giving time, service and prayer is equally valuable.
Please watch the sermon given by our Curate, Danny Rodgers, on the subject of Gracious Giving here.
If your income is irregular, or if you do not consider yourself a member but would still like to support the work of Buckingham Parish Church, then you may wish to give a one-off donation. However, everyone who considers themselves a member of Buckingham Parish Church is asked to join the Planned Giving Scheme. We ask people to prayerfully decide what percentage of their income they will give and then make a pledge to give that amount - either by banker’s standing order or by weekly envelopes.
The advantages of pledged giving to Buckingham Parish Church are twofold:
It enables the church to plan ahead with much more certainty.
If you pay income tax, then you can complete the Gift Aid declaration included in the Giving Form which enables Buckingham Parish Church to recover income tax at the standard rate on your donation from HM Revenue and Customs. This means that we receive (at present) an extra £25 for every £100 that is pledged.
Both regular and one-off donations can be made by completing the Giving Form available for download above. Just fill it in and return it to the address on the form or to the Parish Office marked for the attention of our Stewardship Co-ordinator, Judith Bundock and we will do the rest. Remember that income tax payers can increase the value of their gift, whether one-off or regular, by completing the Gift Aid declaration included in the form.
Giving is also in time rather than just money - see in the church life tab how you might want to get involved.
You can give now by credit or debit card through our page at give.net. Just click this link and follow the onscreen instructions.
If you have any queries, please either e-mail Judith here or call the Parish Office on 01280 821509. Thank you.