Our Finances & How to Give
St John’s & St Luke's Together like any other large organisation needs to be properly financed. Most of the church’s funding has to be raised from it’s members each year so that the costs of running both Church's can be fully met.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has full responsibility for all the decisions about the income and expenditure of the church. However day to day management of the church finances is delegated to the Finance Committee. The summary accounts are presented at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) each April. The church treasurer David Brown chairs the Finance Committee and ensures that the PCC is properly briefed on all financial matters. A team of individuals count the collection after sunday services on a rota basis.
Although we rely on what our members give each year for most of our income we are fortunate to have 2 small houses which are rented out and we receive rent from hiring out the church hall. Our costs include the parish share which we pay to the diocese and which helps to fund the cost of clergy and give support to other parishes. The amount of parish share we pay is proportional to our congregation attendance. We pay for the salaries of the administrator and organist.. Another expenditure is the maintenance, heating and power of the buildings. From time to time we face major expenditure for items such as the recent roof re-slating. The PCC aims to donate 15% of it’s net income to charity including our mission partners.
Stewardship is a word used to refer to giving that is planned and tax efficient. These days the best way of doing that is to gift aid. This allows individuals who are UK tax payers to enable charities to ask the Inland Revenue for the tax the giver has already paid on the gift.Every £100 which is gift aided results in the charity receiving a further £25. Legacies are also a good way of giving to the church and we invite members to consider including a bequest to the church in their will.
How to give
The gift collection plate is situated near to the door as you come into church and we encourage gifts to be given there before the service starts. We are then able to bring those gifts forward at an important moment in our service when we express our thanksgiving for all that God has given us. It is additionally helpful when gifts are made by standing order and through bank accounts.
We invite those that are committed to St John’s to ask God to lead them in their financial giving as a response to God’s love. The Bible urges us to give from the heart and to be generous and sacrificial. Some people find the principle of the “tithe” helpful - setting aside a tenth of our income for the work of God. Christian stewardship is about considering our personal circumstances and responsibilities before God is prayer and giving accordingly.