How to support our work through Planned Giving
Contact: Michael Hoey ~ Planned Giving Secretary
What is Planned Giving?
Planned Giving is a way of giving regularly to help fund the work of our Parish. It aims to help you give generously within your means, and makes it easier for the Parish to fund God’s work. It also helps the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to budget for the years ahead, giving solid financial foundations for the ministry and mission of our Parish, enabling us to plan for the future with confidence. Planned Giving also enables us to claim Gift Aid (see below).
How can I give?
The easiest and most effective way to give is via a standing order from your bank account or if you prefer you can use weekly giving envelopes (see below). All you need to do is fill in our Planned Giving Contact Form and press the submit button.
Why should I plan my giving?
We all share the responsibility to make sure our ministry and mission continues here in Princes Risborough and surrounding areas. Jesus instructs us to go out and tell the good news to everyone, and in this Parish we do that in many different ways. All the varied styles of worship, teaching and outreach we offer help each of us to grow in faith and to reach out to all.
Our ministry and outreach work costs money and is wholly paid for by our giving. Our giving funds the employment costs of our Vicar, Curates, ministry training, support for our unpaid ministers, administration. As well as enabling us to mount a vast array of ministries ranging from Sunday, weekday and seasonal services and lively family services. There are also Sunday schools, home visits and communions, Alpha courses, home groups, summer holiday clubs, youth groups, not to mention outreach initiatives into our local communities.
For more theological insight into the importance of giving, you may like to read;
- God is the Creator: Genesis 1,
- All that we have belongs to God: 1 Chronicles 29:11-14,
- We are called to be good stewards of God’s gift: 1 Peter 4:10,
- Jesus’ teaching: Matthew 25:14-30,
- Give in proportion to what we’ve been given: Luke 21: 1-4,
- Give regularly and willingly: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 & 2 Corinthians 8:12.
If you pay either UK Income or Capital Gains Tax you can make your donation go even further. We can claim 25p for every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax at a higher rate than the basic tax rate, then you can claim further tax relief for yourself from HMRC. For further information please complete our Planned Giving Contact Form.
Have you thought of leaving a gift to The Parish of St Mary with St Peter in your will?
If you are drawing up or amending a will, you may want to consider leaving a sum of money to the Parish. Over the years many people have given generous legacies to the parish and this continues to be an important source of funding, which has benefited our ministry and outreach in many ways. Any bequests made to us will be entirely free from any UK Inheritance Tax liability. For more information we have leaflets available in the church or please contact Jim Cadwallader via the Parish Office or there is a useful website www.churchlegacy.org.uk.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I give?
It is completely up to you, however Biblical tithing is the practice of giving 10% of income. Some may not be able to give this amount, and some may be able to give more. Whatever you give should be given with a joyful heart and according to your means.
I am new to the Parish and would like to talk to someone about giving?
Our Giving Secretary Michael Hoey will be able to answer any questions you have about giving to the Parish please complete the Planned Giving Contact Form. Any conversations are held in the strictest confidence.
Can I give a one-off donation?
You can put some cash in our collection each Sunday and we have envelopes available to help with one-off or regular weekly donations. When you have received the Giving Form you can complete the relevant section of and any queries please contact the Giving Secretary using the Planned Giving Contact Form.
How confidential is my giving?
Only the Giving Secretary has access to detailed Planned Giving Information and that will not be divulged to any outside organisations.
Where does the money get spent?
Our ministry and outreach work is wholly paid for by our giving. For more financial information please see the PCC news and minutes.
What if my circumstances change?
If you change the amount you give, your name, address or any other contact details please email using the Planned Giving Contact Form so that we may make sure our records are correct and up to date.
If you allow us to claim Gift Aid on your donations and at some time in the future your circumstances change and you no longer pay sufficient tax, you must contact the Giving Secretary so that we don’t continue to claim Gift Aid illegally.
If you have any queries or would like more information please either complete the Planned Giving Contact Form or pick up one of the little ‘Giving’ leaflets in church. If you have not had a response from the contact form please email our Giving Secretary Michael Hoey on firstname.lastname@example.org.