Financial Giving

Piggy BankTo run a household efficiently, you need to have enough money to cover your essential outgoings. Because of that, it's really important to know how much you have coming in each month, and how much you can spend. If you know how much you're going to be paid at the end of the month, you'll know whether you can pay the energy bill, take the kids to the cinema, or have your car serviced.

Churches are similar. Every month your parish has its regular housekeeping costs. It also needs to put some money away for essential building maintenance and repairs, and may be hoping to raise enough to finance an exciting new mission initiative. 

If your church has to rely on whatever is put in the collection plate each week it won’t have any idea how much income is coming in, and won’t be able to do any sensible budgeting. This is where planned giving comes in. If you promise to give a certain amount each week or each month to the church, it will make the job of the treasurer much easier, and your parish will be able to plan for the future.

One way you can choose to give regularly to the church are setting up a standing order with your bank or using the envelope scheme:

Ways to give financially

Standing Order

This really is the easiest way to give to the church. If you choose to give by Standing Order, your giving is sorted and you won’t have to think about finding money each week.  Your treasurer will be able to supply a standing order form, and will arrange for it to be sent to the bank.

Giving by contactless card

Many people no longer carry cash and more and more transactions are made with a contactless debit or credit card. It is now possible for your church to accept donations by card. This is not a substitute for regular planned giving, but offers visitors to your church an opportunity to donate, and offers your church the ability to accept fees for occasional offices by card.  For more information click here.

Useful information for you & your parish

Reports on Diocesan Finance