Members of St. James’ contribute to the life and work of the church in many different ways. Whilst the information below relates to financial giving, other pages on this site explain the variety of ways you can get involved and contribute to St. James’ many ministries. St. James’ Church is self-financing and is only able to carry out its ministry in the community with the support of the church family.
It is a common misunderstanding that the state and/or the Church of England finances parish ministry and the upkeep of our buildings. The opposite is true. Whilst the Church of England has some historic income and assets, it depends on finances received from the parishes for most of what it does. Each parish is not only responsible for the upkeep of its own buildings but also all the costs associated with its stipendiary clergy. Each parish also makes a significant contribution to funding the work of each diocese. Parishes that are unable, for whatever reason, to meet the requested contribution, in part or in whole, are supported by the others who give in addition to their own costs so that there is an Anglican ministry in every place.
Outlined below are some of the ways you can give to St. James’. If you require any further information please contact our church treasurer Ed Nevill via email or contact the church office on 01480 467250.
Ways to give one-off or regular gifts to St James’ Church
Parish Giving Scheme
St James’ is registered with the Parish Giving Scheme which collects regular and one-off gifts for the church, reclaiming gift aid where appropriate, and passing all donations on to the church on a monthly basis.
To set up a regular direct debit or make a one-off gift in favour of St James’ via the Parish Giving Scheme please click here.
Other ways to give
- Through your employers payroll giving scheme (if your employer runs such a scheme – your Human Resources department can provide details on this).
- A regular collection is taken at all Sunday services. Please use the giving envelopes obtained from the Parish Office if you use this method regularly.
If you are a UK tax payer please consider completing and returning to us a Gift Aid Declaration form if you have not done so already so that we can reclaim the basic rate of income tax from the government, currently 25p for every £1 you give.
Tax Efficient Giving
You may like to consider making a donation to St James’ Church in your will. Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you have the opportunity to make a lasting gift to God, by leaving a legacy to His church. A gift in your will to St James’ Church is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its mission and ministry within your community and may have tax benefits for your family as well. If you would like to know more about this then please contact our church treasurer, Ed Nevill via email.
A gift can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God. It will help keep your local church financially secure, and contribute to sustaining its future.
Click here for the PCC Legacy Policy
Quoted shares and other securities
You can give in the form of quoted shares and other securities (Capital Gains and Income Tax relief is available on these gifts).
If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim back the basic rate tax, you will need to complete and return to us a Gift Aid Declaration form if you have not already done so. The benefit to St James’ is that we can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each £1 given.
In addition, if you pay higher rate tax, you personally may recover the higher rate of tax through your own self assessment tax return.
Christian Aid Foundation (CAF) and Stewardship Trust
The Christian Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Stewardship Trust both provide services that assist you with your charitable giving and ensure that you are doing it in the most tax-efficient and beneficial way, particularly if you have larger amounts to give.
If you would like to know more about any of these tax efficient ways of giving then please contact our church treasurer, Ed Nevill via email.
Giving to St James’ mission partners
St James’ supports various mission partners both through prayer and financially. If you would like to support any of them directly then please use the links below.
CBM and Helen Sinkinson, Operational Development Manager, CBM International.
The Frésard Family serving through Wycliffe Bible Translators. Contact our accounts team via email to discuss how to give a gift directly to the Frésard family or donate to Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Seeta Gurung working with DAI in Nepal. Contact our accounts team via email to discuss how to give a gift directly to Seeta.