WHY SHOULD WE GIVE MONEY?
All Saints is funded through the generosity of its members. This funding enables both our existence together as family, and our work of mission and ministry in Worcester. Giving financially to our local church is a biblical expression of our commitment to one another and this open-handed way is a substantial part of the radical lifestyle that Jesus invites us into.
HOW DO WE GIVE?
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. This method works best for All Saints because in knowing our monthly income more accurately, we are able to plan effectively and spend wisely. Giving in this way is entirely in your control - we cannot change the amount you give. When you set up regular giving, you will receive an email confirmation that contains a link allowing you to manage your direct debit. 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.
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.
WHAT IS GIFT AID?
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.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE GIVE?
Before the arrival of Jesus, the people of God had a steady 10% rule. But then, as with many things, Jesus came and taught a more radical vision with further-reaching possibilities for generosity and life together. Hence we don’t provide a rule in this – preferring instead to go with what Paul writes, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 10.2) – yet always mindful that the general direction of travel that the Spirit is leading us in will be to go beyond the old steady requirements. Sounds scary? Well sacrificial giving suggests that it might actually be genuinely costly in meaningful ways, but the secret surprise is that this is the territory of freedom and fullness of joy. Try it.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE RESOURCING CHURCH MONEY?
The ongoing significant financial investment (£2.2m) into All Saints by the Church Commissioners of the Church of England to help us be a “resourcing church” is largely separate from our existing finances as a church. The additional funds are specifically to enable additional ministry – so they rest on top of normal church running expenses that it is assumed we continue to meet. Much of the financial investment is to be spent on curates and church plants and is administrated centrally. There is some funding for additional local staffing (which tapers off and ends in 2025) to help us scale our work or consolidate it. So this is actually a moment to raise our financial game, not to get complacent as we will need to finance these roles ourselves beyond 2025. There is also a £500,000 injection of investment into our two church buildings to help us make them fit for purpose.
ARE THE CHURCH ACCOUNTS REGULATED? CAN WE SEE THEM?
Yes and yes. 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. To arrange to view them just email: firstname.lastname@example.org