The Church of England offers a Christian presence in every community. Together we seek to make this Christian presence the heart of all pour cities, towns and villages: by our wonderful buildings; by worshipping together; by serving our communities and by sharing our faith and values. This valuable contribution to our community has a cost, of which 75% is met by personal donations. For our church to survive and grow, we rely on regular donations so that we can plan confidently for the future.
During this period, when our churches are closed, we still have bills to pay - the insurances, repair work, salaries, and also costs towards heating – although this isn’t as high in the peak winter months, we still need to ensure that our buildings are kept at a certain temperature so that we don’t have additional problems with damp and mould when we can open our churches once again. So to those who do give their offering either through a standing order, direct debit or the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) – thank you. You can still join the scheme during lockdown - see below.
Thank you for your continued support this these difficult times.
Please ring the treasurer of the church and they will let you know about Gift Aiding your donation and give you bank details for a bank transfer or where to send or drop off a cheque, cash or weekly envelopes.
St Nicholas & St Faith
St Michael Landrake with St Erney
St Mary’s, Botus Fleming
The scheme is a centrally run (non-profit), professional system that offers a simple way for people to make regular donations to their parishes. (www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk).
Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis via Direct Debit to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Even though donations are made to the PGS, they are restricted to our parish and unlike a utility bill, you are always in charge of what you give. The parish is paid the donations and the Gift Aid monthly.
The advantages for the parish are no more local administration, timely Gift Aid payments and the ability to plan ahead knowing the amount of money coming in.
The advantages for the donor are no more scrabbling around for change on a Sunday morning and the ability to easily increase your donation in line with inflation (if you wish).
St Stephen's and St Nicholas and St Faith are members of this scheme - to donate to either church ring the dedicated PGS telephone number 0333 002 1271 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm). One of the their administrators will take you through the sign-up process - usually takes about 15 minutes.
You will need the following information:
There is an additional way of donating to St Stephen’s and St Nicholas and St Faith – while shopping online via easyfundraising (www.easyfundraising.org.uk).
Just choose your church, register and start your shopping on the easyfundraising site. They have over 4,000 retailers signed up including, Amazon, ebay, John Lewis, Waitrose, M&S and Argos. Each time you make a purchase online, your chosen church will receive a small donation at no cost to you.
What could be simpler?