Help us plan more confidently for the future
We are so grateful to God for the contributions and commitment made by so many people to the life of the four churches in our parish. As we each commit our time, money, prayer and love, we are seeing our churches and communities change – one life at a time. We are ordinary people led by an extraordinary God, whose love inspires us to welcome, to serve and to grow as we follow Jesus together.
We are determined not to rest on our laurels, but to continue to serve the parish and grow in our faith as the Holy Spirit leads us. As you will appreciate, everything we do, and want to do, has a cost in terms of resources required; whether time, skills, effort or money. The day-to-day running of our churches costs over £400k per year. You may not realise that we receive no income from the national church: we are entirely reliant on giving from our congregations (plus some funds from hiring out our buildings, and fees from weddings and funerals) to cover our day-to-day activities and clergy/staff costs.
Because our income depends almost entirely on voluntary donations, it can be hard for us to plan for the long-term when we do not know what our income will be. Planned financial giving by our members therefore plays an absolutely crucial role in helping each individual church to make plans for the future.
Parish Giving Scheme: increasing confidence,decreasing work
A key part of our strategy and foundation for the future is the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), which was launched in 2018. It is a simple and easy way for anyone to support our on-going work financially. The PGS offers a secure way to give by regular Direct Debit, helping our churches to receive money and Gift Aid payments in a timely manner, improving cashflow. The Parish Giving Scheme helps to increase our confidence in long-term planning and decrease our administrative burden.
What we are asking our members to do
If you consider any of the 4U Team churches to be your homechurch, we are encouraging you to switch or to start:
What to do next?
We greatly value your contribution Please prayerfully consider your response to this request. We need your help if we are going to continue to welcome, serve and grow, as we follow Jesus together, so please do commit yourself to giving something regularly. However small the amount you give may seem to you, it will be a significant contribution to the future of the 4U Team of churches. By using the Parish Giving Scheme, and through your generous contributions, we can plan more confidently for the future with a regular, admin-efficient source of income to help support the ongoing mission and ministry of the churches in our parish.