St Philips and St James, like every other church, has to juggle finances.
First of all we have to pay our day to day bills and also ensure that the fabric of the church is kept in a good condition.
We also give to various missions as a result of the donations for the tea and coffee provided at our services – but we would like to give more.
Finally we try to pay our Parish Share. It has been a number of years since we paid our full share and there will probably be a shortfall this year as has been the case with other parishes. The combined shares from all Parishes in the Diocese are used to fund the Diocesan staff, and also to fund Parish Clergy salaries, pensions and housing. For several years our clergy in Hallow have been funded in part by other Parishes. The Diocese is now embarking on a series of redundancies of Diocesan staff in order to try to manage the shortfall in income.
We all have choices to make about what we can afford to gift, and how we do that.
Regular giving helps us to meet our costs, and can also be a tax efficient way to give. Could you consider what you give week by week? We know that already some give as much as they can. If you pay tax do you Gift Aid? This costs you nothing but increases your gift by 25% as we can claim a refund from HMRC for this extra amount.
If you already use yellow envelopes, available in the pews, would you like to change to white envelopes which means you don’t have to fill in details every time you give?
Would you like to think about giving by standing order? This saves you having to hunt for your collection week by week and also reduces our work in administration.
If you would like to know more about how you can help, then please fill in the form below and we will be in touch.