Supporting the Parish Financially
Like all parishes, St Andrew’s is largely responsible for its own financial viability, in addition to meeting its obligations to support the Archdiocese and their approved causes.
There are a number of ways in which you can support the Parish in these endeavours and they can vary to suit individuals’ circumstances and preferences. They include:
- Routine collections “through the plate”;
- Becoming a member of the Parish Covenant scheme whereby you commit to weekly payments “through the plate”;
- Making a “one off” donation to the Parish,
- Committing to make a financial contribution on a monthly or annual basis by setting up a Standing Order through your bank;
- Making a bequest to the Parish through including a legacy in your will. (It is worthy of note that currently legacies to UK charities are exempt from inheritance tax.) To amend your will, you should seek advice from a solicitor.
The Parish also has a Development Fund, which helps provide funding for major developments or renovations in the Parish. One recent example of this fund in action has been through the construction of the Parish Centre. You can appreciate the value of this investment by clicking here. For the future, the Parish has embryonic plans to redecorate the church and improve the lighting in the nave, for which we may be seeking funding support. To do this you need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration (see below).
If you are a UK taxpayer, for any of these options, you can take part in the diocesan Gift Aid scheme. This allows the Parish, at no cost to you, to make recoveries from HMRC (currently 25% for basic taxpayers) of any donations you make.
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