Supporting St Andrew’s
The weekly work of St Andrew's is only possible due to the time and resources kindly offered by our community.
The PCC (Parochial Church Council) of St Andrew's is fully committed to utilising every resource available to us as a church. This includes fundraising events, grant applications, hiring out the Church space, and the contributions made from the congregation. Contrary to popular belief, Church of England parishes don't receive funding from the State. We are self-sufficient.
If you would like to give financially to St Andrew's, there are three ways in which you can do this:
The Parish Giving Scheme
One time online donation
Leaving a legacy to St Andrews
We also welcome donations of food and other essentials to St Andrew’s Church Homeless Project throughout the year (see below for suggested items).
You may also consider volunteering at the church.
Parish Giving Scheme
The Parish Giving Scheme is our preferred scheme.
The Parish Giving Scheme is a way of regularly giving by direct debit to St Andrew's. This scheme is recognised by the Church of England. It's easy to set up and you can cancel at anytime.
If you are a UK taxpayer, Parish Giving will also add 25% Gift Aid (paid by the Government) to your donation automatically. Your donation will only be visible to our Parish Administrator, or you can make it anonymous when you sign up.
One time online donation
The fastest and simplest way to support the church.
If you'd like to give a one off donation to St Andrew's, you can do this securely online by clicking the button below. We use InvestMyCommunity for this service, which is safe and easy.
If you are a UK taxpayer you can request that Gift Aid (paid by the Government) is applied to your donation which adds another 25%. InvestMyCommunity will do all the work to pass this aid to the Church.
Leaving a legacy to St Andrew's
A lasting gift that commemorates someone's life.
None of us like to think of a time when we are not around. But neither do we want other people to make choices about what happens to our money or possessions, so making a will is a wise step. Many people give regularly to the church while they are alive, but never think of including the church in their wills. We are very fortunate at St Andrew's to have received legacies in past years that are enabling us to carry out projects that would not otherwise be possible.
The PCC agreed that money left in this way should not be used simply to pay regular bills, but should enable us to do something special - a way to remember the person. The UK government also helps in that the amount you leave to charity does not count towards inheritance tax, and if you leave 10% or more to charity it will also reduce the inheritance tax rate.
We are currently looking at renewing the lighting system with something that will make the church both look beautiful and work better - and that is only possible because of money that has been left to us. It is a lovely way to make a gift to the church and for the church family to remember you! For more information please speak to any of the clergy or drop a line to Gordon the church treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Contributions to St Andrew’s Church Homeless Project
To enable us to provide for our guests throughout the year, we welcome any of the following items at any point throughout the year:
Tinned fruit (pineapple, pear, prunes…)
Rice (preferably basmati)
Pasta (NOT spaghetti or lasagne)
Sunflower / olive oil
Chocolate for baking
Dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants, dates etc)
Pot noodles (popular on our foodbank)
Toiletries / underwear
Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Socks (in good condition or new)
NEW underpants for men & women
£5 phone top-up vouchers or eg Tesco £5 gift cards
Financial support towards purchase of disposable containers, cutlery, mugs, bags etc.