We are so grateful to God for the ways in which All Saints Church has grown over the past few years. Thank you for being part of that growth and for your commitment and contributions to the life of the church. As we each commit our time, money, prayer and love, we are seeing our church and community change – one life at a time. We are determined not to rest on our laurels but to continue to build up the church for the next generation, 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 church adds up to about £300k per year. We receive no income from the national church: we are entirely reliant on giving from our congregations (plus some funds from hiring out the church hall and fees from weddings and funerals). 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 the Church Council to make plans for the future. We are so grateful to everyone who contributes to the Church.
A key part of our strategy and foundation for future growth is the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), which we 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 the church to receive money and Gift Aid payments in a timely manner, thus improving cashflow. The Parish Giving Scheme has increased our confidence in long-term planning and decreased our administrative burden.
If you consider All Saints Marlow to be your home church, we need your help if we are going to continue to see growth in the future. Through your generous giving via the Parish Giving Scheme, we can plan more confidently for the future with a regular, admin-efficient source of income to help support the on-going mission and ministry of the church. However small the amount you give may seem to you, it will be a significant contribution to the future of All Saints.
To get more information about the Parish Giving Scheme, you can:
Pick up a PGS information sheet and gift form from the leaflet rack at the back of the church building
Watch a one-minute film which explains how the PGS works.
Find further information on the Parish Giving Scheme website.
If you already give financially to the church by Standing Order or via Blue Envelopes, please could you switch to the Parish Giving Scheme, if at all possible. If you do not already give in a planned way, please prayerfully consider making a regular financial contribution to the church – when you do, you will discover the joy of giving and of the spiritual benefits it brings, on top of the resources it releases to the church.
This article, written by Paul Taylor, Churchwarden, featured in the Autumn 2019 edition of The Bridge – the magazine for All Saints’ Church in Marlow. Pick up your free copy in church or download it here.