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Posted 3.9.19

Supporting Your Church - Is Now Easier

Supporting Your Church - Is Now Easier

A New Way for US - Gift Direct by Direct Debit

At its July meeting in July Oystermouth PCC agreed to put an information feature on the Church in Wales Gift Direct scheme in this edition of the Parish Magazine.

It is written by Sonia Jones, our new PCC Secretary, and sets out the various ways we can support the Church and its ministry at Oystermouth and within the Diocese.

The Gift Direct scheme is operated by the Church in Wales on behalf of each Parish. It is easier for the parish because your gift along with the tax [if applicable] both arrive together each month directly into the church's bank account.

It means you are always in control. It has an optional annual index linked facility and it can mean no search for the money or hurried writing of cheques or envelopes before church.

The PCC would like to encourage more of our regular worshippers to move to the Gift Direct System. This will relieve administrative and time-consuming work of making tax claims and make it easier if we wanted to change banks.

The forms at the back of the church will help you do this and you can also ask anyone on the PCC who will be happy to chat about changing.

Are you a tax payer? If you are it will make a huge difference to your giving because the Government will increase the value of all you give. Currently the tax-back is 25p for every £1 given. The current arrangements set out below also remain in place and remain unaffected:

Standing Orders and Numbered Weekly Offering Envelopes

Contributions are made by monthly Standing Order [by bank transfer] or in weekly envelopes placed in the collection plate at services. For those who wish us to claim the tax back this will require a Gift Aid declaration, usually annually and an electronic claim directly to the Inland Revenue for the tax rebates due on Gift Aided donations.

Loose Cash and the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

Loose cash placed on the collection plate in church. This can attract gift aid for each donation under £30 up to an aggregated total value of £8,000 per annum. The rules are complicated but you can go to HMRC for more information on claiming on community.

Pew Gift Aid Envelopes and Donations.

These envelopes are primarily for visitors to the church however some parishioners choose to use them on a fairly regular basis. Donations are included in the 'Gift Aid' claim when appropriate.

Your Giving Supports:

  • Clergy and training across the Diocese.
  • Ministry: through every person visited; all Baptism and confirmation; every bereaved family comforted; each sermon preached; each Eucharist celebrated and each person shown the love of Christ through care, comfort and compassion, for example our work with homeless people.
  • Buildings and supplies: annual upkeep of buildings and the school hall.

Deciding what to Give:

  • There is no easy formula - we are commanded to love God and our neighbours as ourselves.
  • Love is generous, love is kind and love is selfless - we see that in all that God gives to us. How will we respond to him?
  • We give the first day of the week to God in our Sunday worship but it requires a whole new set of priorities to put God first in our finances. He will repay us.....

"Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be measured you get back."

Luke 6:38 [NRSV]

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