Parishioners contribute to the life and work of the church in many different ways. While the information below relates to financial giving, other pages on this site explain the variety of ways you can get involved and contribute to the work of the Church. Financial donations to the work of the Church are normally collected during Sunday Mass or by standing order. Please talk to us if you would like to arrange some other way of contributing financially. Standing Order There are a number of advantages to paying by standing order:
It helps you to plan your giving over the year by deciding a set amount to give each month.
Your offering will still be made even if you are on holiday or away for the weekend.
No more running around looking for change.
It’s a great way to contribute for those who may not attend church regularly or who live away from the area but would like to support the parish.
A copy of the standing order form can be picked up from the back of church or downloaded below. Once you have completed the form you should hand it in to your bank or building society and they will take care of the rest. The standing order can be stopped by you at any time.
Gift Aid UK tax payers:If you pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the UK, we can claim back 25p on every £1 you donate through the Gift Aid scheme, recovered from the money you've paid in those taxes. To allow us to do this, please contact the parish office by telephone on 01946 810324 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have completed a short, confidential form you will be issued with envelopes in which to place your weekly donation. Alternatively you can download, print and complete the gift aid form below and hand it in to the parish office.
Parish Financial Report for Year End 5th April 2019
Dear Parishioner Following discussions with the Parish Finance Committee and the Parish Council, I am able to present this Parish Financial Report for year ended 5 April 2019 for your information. In future, it is intended to produce a Report at the end of April each year. I recognise that, in the past, such information on the parish finances has not been shared in a consistent or detailed fashion. However, given the current financial climate, the need to undertake urgent work and, not least, the declining numbers attending Sunday masses I consider it important that the financial position of the Parish is seen to be transparent and shared with all parishioners. In the tables below you will find details of the relevant financial accounts as follows; 1. Income and Expenditure Statement, 2. Major Developments and Repairs Fund. The Income and Expenditure Statement shows that our income for the year exceeded our expenditure by £7,934. Although this is a welcome position to be in, it was very much influenced by the receipt of a Gift Aid Tax Return of £9,206. We need to bear in mind that Gift Aid Returns are dependent upon current government policy and this could change. Consequently, the Parish Finance Committee is charged with regularly reviewing and monitoring all income and expenditure streams to maximise financial benefit. The Major Developments and Repairs Fund has been built up over the years by the generosity of many parishioners, for which we are most grateful. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding donation of the late Mr Joe Bailey, who bequeathed over £300,000 to the Parish. This bequest enabled us, amongst other things, to pay for the Parish Room which has become an integral part of the Parish’s pastoral activities. You will see that the closing balance of the Major Developments and Repairs Fund was £167,982. Although this is a large sum there are already two projects identified that will significantly deplete this balance. Firstly, urgent work is required to the bell tower at St Mary’s to address a safety issue. The cost of this work is estimated at £49,000. In addition, we have been advised that the boiler and ancillary heating system at St Mary’s may need to be replaced in the not too distant future. The cost of this work is estimated at £100,000. I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your generous and continued financial support of the Parish. Both Parish Churches and their grounds bear proud witness of this generosity. If you have any queries or need further information on the contents of this report please do not hesitate to contact me. Fr Paul Johnstone Parish Priest 19th November 2019
(1) INCOME AND EXPENDITURE STATEMENT YEAR ENDED 5TH APRIL 2019
(2) MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AND REPAIRS FUND STATEMENT YEAR ENDED 5 APRIL 2019