Finances

Church Finances

St Thomas’s, like any other large organisation, needs to be properly financed. Most of the church’s funding has to be raised from its members and the local community each year so that the costs of running the church can be fully met.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has full responsibility for all the decisions about the income and expenditure of the church. Our Treasurer acts on behalf of the PCC and ensures that our day to day finances are kept in order and our financial obligations are met.

The summary accounts are presented at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) each year, a copy of which is available in church. The Treasurer ensures that the PCC is properly briefed on all financial matters. A team of Sidespersons count the collection after Sunday services on a rota basis.

Although we rely on what our members give each year for most of our income, we also receive rent from hiring out the Community Room. Our costs include the Parish Share which we pay to the Diocese and which helps to fund the cost of clergy and give ministerial support to other, less fortunate, parishes. The amount of Parish Share we pay is allocated according to our congregational attendance. We pay for the maintenance, heating and power of the buildings. From time to time we face major expenditure for items such as the imminent remedial work on the church tower. We also pay for our Organist.

Regular Planned Giving helps the church to manage its budget. Such giving can be made through Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer. This enables charities to ask the Inland Revenue for the tax the giver has already paid on the gift. Every £100 which is Gift Aided results in the charity receiving a further £25. Legacies are also a good way of giving to the church and we invite members to consider including a bequest to the church in their will.

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How to give

Finances How to Give

The gift collection plate is circulated in Sunday services during the Offertory Hymn. We are then able to bring those gifts forward at an important moment in our service when we express our thanksgiving for all that God has given us. It is additionally helpful when gifts are made by standing order through bank accounts.

We invite those that are committed to St Thomas’s to ask God to lead them in their financial giving as a response to God’s love. The Bible urges us to give from the heart and to be generous and sacrificial. Some people find the principle of the ‘tithe’ helpful – setting aside a tenth of our net income for the work of God. Christian stewardship is about considering our personal circumstances and responsibilities before God, in prayer, and giving accordingly.

We are most grateful for all financial gifts, which enable us to further God’s mission and ministry in the world and to bring the Good News of God’s love to all, through His church.

 Fundraising

FundraisingWe are blessed with a number of people who have a real heart for fundraising, upon which we rely enormously for part of our income.

We always have several fundraising events being planned at any one time and support for all our fundraising events is a great way for members of our congregation (and others….friends, neighbours, relations and colleagues) to engage in something specific and targeted to both our immediate and long-term needs.

We are planning fundraising events for the current year and these include the recent, and very successful, Open Gardens in Hampsthwaite village.

Please let the Vicar or Churchwarden know if you have any other bright ideas for possible events – you are very welcome to take the initiative on your idea and we will do our best to support you in whatever way we can.

Thank you for all you do to support us.