giving financially to all saints
Why should I give to All Saints?
All Saints is funded entirely through the generosity of its members - you! Without this funding it would be unable to extend the vision that God has for mission and ministry in us and through us. We believe that giving financially to our local church is a Biblical expression of commitment to it, and valid indicator of membership. Giving financially is part of the radical lifestyle which comes from following Jesus and being committed to His church.
There are two main options for giving to the church:
- Regular giving by direct debit/standing order
You can give on a regular basis by using our online system here.
Giving in this way is entirely in your control - we cannot change the amount you give! This method works best for All Saints because in knowing our monthly income more accurately, we are able to plan effectively and spend wisely.
Alternatively if you would prefer to manually set up a Standing Order with your bank then please let us know by completing and returning this form to the church office. It can be done using online or telephone banking, or by completing some paperwork at your local branch.
- One-off gifts
We always welcome one-off gifts, which can be made using our online system here, or if you prefer, through our weekly offering by cash/cheque on a Sunday. If you are eligible for gift aid then please use the yellow envelopes provided.
If you are a UK taxpayer, for every £1 you give to us, we are able to reclaim 25p of tax. To register for this option, which makes a massive difference to us, simply tick the box when using the online system, or complete a gift aid form here and return to the church office addressed to the Treasurer.
If you have any questions, contact our Church Treasurer Grahame Lucas.
What does All Saints do with the money you give?
We are committed to continuing to grow and develop as a “missional movement of people” who engage in mission and evangelism to Worcester and beyond, and who grow together in our discipleship as God’s people (what we call “ministry”).
We are working to support, equip and develop ministry and mission initiatives for all ages and every lifestage: from children to youth to students and right up to the elderly. It pays for the ministry areas and mission initiatives we run, the buildings and staff needed to facilitate these things happening, as well as our contribution to the Diocese of Worcester (our “parish share”).
We have to maintain our two buildings and fund systems and staff to support all we do, but we do all we can to keep these costs to a minimum so that as much as possible can be invested in our mission initiatives and ministry areas.
We assign as much of our income as possible to our general fund, giving us the flexibility to be able to direct funds to where they are most needed. We have limited, minimised reserves and trust for God’s favour and provision for the future.
How much should I give?
Giving is a very personal thing - it’s ultimately between you and God, and so as a church we are not prescriptive on this question. We believe that the Bible is clear that we are called to give generously and joyfully: “everyone should give what he [or she] has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing is an Old Testament model of giving which expected people to give 10% of their gross income to God (cf. Malachi 3:6-12). We don’t believe this is the New Testament model, which emphasises giving generously, obediently and at times sacrificially in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. In practice, it may well be that God calls us to give more than 10%!
We do believe that it is right to give faithfully to the church that you are committed to, and that any other giving is additional to this (e.g. to mission agencies, local charities). Whilst you may not be a direct beneficiary of some aspects of the church’s life you are helping fund, you are investing in to the wider church as an expression of commitment to its vision.
Who will know what I give?
Your giving is a private matter between you and God, and so we minimise how many people have access to the giving data. We need to identify giving for Gift Aid and audit purposes. Only the Church Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Gift Aid coordinator have access to the names of givers and the amount they give. None of the church leadership or church members have access, including the Vicar!
Are the church’s finances regulated?
Our accounts are independently audited and regulated by the Charity Commission. They are published annually around the time of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - usually late March or early April.