KPC – your church needs your financial support
Stewardship Sunday 17th March 2019
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 the church’s needs this year.
We would appreciate it if you could complete the online Stewardship 2019 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 the Lord’s work on earth, through their church and other charities. 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. This webpage 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.
The Diocese of Birmingham owns the vicarage and pays our clergy, but we pay a “Common Fund” contribution to the Diocese that more than covers these costs. We pay our other staff directly, provide heat & light, meet other ministry costs, maintain the buildings and, importantly, support other churches and mission causes via our external giving. The vast majority of our income comes from the generous giving of our church members – thank you!
Currently, our costs are more than our income and in order to continue with our current activities, our giving needs to increase by about 5%. As a result, we are asking all our church members to prayerfully review their giving.
KPC, like any organisation, needs to steward its resources carefully and plan thoroughly for the future on an annual basis. To this end, we ask our supporters, and those who may become supporters, to give us an indication of their giving plans for the year ahead. This can be an increase, the same level or a reduction – these indications 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 online Stewardship 2019 Response form as best you can – it is in no way binding and ,of course, we fully recognize that some donors’ circumstances will change, and plans might not work out.
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 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 Parish Church, 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 PCC.
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).