BALANCING THE BOOKS
Managing the finances of a church is not that different to managing our own finances at home, just on a rather different scale, for most of us anyway, and in the case of this parish we have more than one home.
We have regular bills to pay, materials to buy, buildings to maintain and grounds to care for. Our churches have seen many years go by and sometimes they can show their age - leaky roofs are not uncommon!
In order to keep our churches at the centre of village life, with safe, secure buildings and warm welcoming communities, which support village life and the wider church, we need to maintain a regular income to ensure we can pay the bills and fix those leaks. That means relying on the generosity of people from our congregations, village communities and often further afield, to give what they can, when they can.
There are a number of ways to give financial support to our churches, to suit you and your circumstances. If you are a UK tax payer you can increase the amount you give by using a recognised gift aid scheme. This allows us to reclaim an extra 25% of the money you give from HM Revenue and Customs, without you doing anything.
We welcome regular planned giving, as this allows us to budget for the longer term, knowing how much income we are likely to receive over the year.
Putting money in the Sunday collection is a very traditional and cherished practice for many.
The Weekly Envelope scheme provides a means by which you can give regularly, using numbered and dated envelopes - one for every Sunday of the year - in which you can place your cash donation and leave in the church collection plate each week.
VIA THE BANK
Standing orders are a simple, convenient and secure way of giving, which do not rely on you having cash available in your pocket, or being physically present in church. They can be set monthly, quarterly or yearly, although we would prefer to avoid monthly payments if we can, to minimise our bank charges.
If you want to give occasionally, when the time suits you, then one-off BACS transfers may be more appropriate.
Online giving is normally associated with charity fundraising events and sponsorship. But there is no need to run a marathon in an alligator suit, you can give a donation at any time.
Please visit wonderful.org, choose 'Bardsey Parochial Church Council' as the charity and make your donation. We receive 100% of your donation and the Gift Aid, if you are a tax payer.
Why not become a patron and pay for the running of one of our churches on a specified day each year. Perhaps a date that is special to you that you would like to commemorate.
If you would like to start giving regularly or increase your giving please complete and submit a response form. Alternatively collect one from the back of the church and send it to the Parish Office.
If you are a tax payer please also download and complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form and send it to the Parish Office or hand to a steward at the end of a church service.
If you would like more information about any of the above ways of giving financially to the work of our churches, or you would like to start giving, please contact the Parish Office or Stephen Scales our Stewardship Officer.
Details for Payments
Should be made payable to Bardsey with East Keswick PCC
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Bardsey
All Hallows Church
Sort Code: 20-37-13
Account Number: 30148512
Saint Mary Magdalene Church
Sort Code: 20-37-13
Account Number: 30148520