Financing Knowle Parish Church
Stewardship Sunday 15th March 2020
We are very grateful to everyone who gives so generously to support the work of our church – we could not deliver everything that we do without you. To allow us to continue our work, we would ask you to consider prayerfully how you can help – scroll down to see about the church’s needs as we move forward.
We would appreciate it if you could complete the online Stewardship 2020 Response form by the end of March. You can also complete the Gift Aid form, if you have not done one before for Knowle PCC. This gives us an additional 25% from the government at no additional expense to you, provided you pay Income Tax.
What are we called to do?
Christians are called to support God’s work with their time and money – such giving is part of our response to God’s generosity to us. It is for each person or family to pray through and decide how much and to whom they give – many give to a combination of their home church and other Christian charities. This information is designed to help those who want to give to KPC to do so in the best possible way.
KPC has to support itself financially.
KPC’s work costs about £600k annually:
Mission here in Knowle £336k
Gifts supporting wider mission £79k
Buildings and churchyard £113k
Administration and overheads £60k
… and almost of all this has to be met from our own resources. We pay for the buildings, the salaries of our staff and, through our Common Fund contribution to the Diocese of Birmingham, for clergy stipends and housing. The vast majority of our income comes from the generous giving of our church members – thank you!
Your increased giving in 2019 means that our income just about covers our costs. However, our growth plans will need more resources – our costs are increasing as we have make much-needed changes to our administration to support our ministry … and so we need a further increase in our income so ensure that the church stays on a firm financial footing. So, we are asking all our church members to prayerfully review their giving and please let us know what you have decided to do.
Indications of intentions are really important to us in helping us to plan, and to let us know that our communications are reaching our supporters. So, we ask you to complete the on-line Stewardship 2020 Response form as best you can – it is in not binding and, of course, we fully recognize that some donors’ circumstances will change.
Need more help or advice?
If you would like to pray through your giving to KPC or more widely, then please contact the prayer team in the Soldiers Chapel after services or speak to a member of the clergy.
If you have any questions about giving to the Church, please e-mail Ian Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org .
How can I give?
Many givers find a regular pattern of giving, either via standing order or the envelope scheme, helps them plan and give consistently.
If you bank online, you can set up a standing order to Knowle Parochial Church Council, using Sort Code 40-26-22, Account Number 90508306 and a reference of your house number and postcode – e.g. 42B930NP. It helps to make the payment on the 10th or 24th day of the month.
For a one-off payment given online from a bank account, also use Sort Code 40-26-22, Account Number 90508306 and a reference of your house number and postcode – e.g. 42B930NP. This is to allow us to identify that the gift is from you, which is essential if Gift Aid is being claimed. If you want to use a reference that informs your records, such as “Gift to KPC”, please do both. For example 42B930NP gift to KPC.
If you’d prefer to give cash, please consider ticking the “Envelope” option on the online form and we will arrange for a box of weekly envelopes to be sent to you so that you can put these in the collection in church. Cheques should be payable to Knowle Parochial Church Council.
Where the money you are giving by any of these means has been taxed, then the Government encourages donors to “gift aid” their contributions. If you can do this, it increases the value of your gift to KPC by 25% at no extra cost to you, so we do encourage you to use the facility.
This is easy to do, by filling in the online Gift Aid form.
Alternatively, organisations like Stewardship offer giving schemes where they manage the gift aid for you.
Note that, either way, if you pay higher rate tax, you can personally get back the extra tax on your donation (via your tax return).
If you would like to remember us in your will, this would be greatly appreciated. For this purpose, our legal name is “The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Knowle, Solihull”.