The mission, ministry and maintenance of St Michael’s Church is dependent on the giving of its members. Once we appreciate how much God has given us in practical and spiritual ways, we are compelled to respond to his generosity through the use of our time, our talents and our financial resources. To find out about the many ways in which you can contribute to the life of the church, click here.
Christian teaching suggests that in all these areas we are expected to give to God’s work according to our means. Every contribution however small or large brings us together in our shared purpose. We aim to give 5% of our income to charitable concerns in this country and abroad. Among others we support Christian Aid, East Surrey Welcare and The Children’s Society.
We face increasing costs and dwindling income, creating a financial deficit for the church, despite regular giving from most of our congregation without whom we would be in a much worse position.
We need to raise more money to ensure the church is sustainable, due largely to increasing fixed costs. During 2009, we raised awareness through a Stewardship Campaign and we are currently running another as our income has not increased with costs of ministry and upkeep for the church building.
Further funds are required to enhance our facilities and to keep our church relevant in the 21st Century. These include toilets in the churches (thanks to your generosity, St Michael’s now has one), improvements to the use and flexibility of the internal space, and maintenance of the heating, lighting, decor and sound system.
Making a financial contribution
If you have decided to take out or increase a Bank Standing Order, please print off and complete the Charitable Giving Declaration form which instructs your bank to pay your donation into St Michael’s. If you are a UK taxpayer eligible for Gift Aid it also enables us to reclaim tax at 25 pence per pound donated at no extra cost to yourself.
If you have decided to make a donation by cash or cheque, please place it on the Collection Plate at the rear of the church, using a Gift Aid envelope if you are a UK taxpayer, or contact Bernard Hwakins 01737 843153, our Freewill Offering Secretary.
Making a Legacy
We invite you to consider providing for St Michael’s or St. Mary’s in your will. A simple way of arranging it is to add a Codicil to your existing will.