Christians give practical expression to their faith and contribute to the life of the Church in many valuable ways, but one demonstration of faith that we are all called to share in together is financial giving. In our giving, we respond personally to the incredible generosity of God who gave us His greatest gift - His only Son. So it is important to give prayerful thought about how much we give and come prepared to express our faith in this way.
At St John’s, a regular collection is taken at each service on Sunday and Tuesday. You will find the offering plate just as you come into church to the right of the centre isle.
St. John’s also operates an envelope scheme which helps you plan your weekly giving throughout the year. Contact the Church Office to register for the Scheme and they will provide you with a yearly supply of envelopes. Simply bring your envelope with you when you come to church and place it in the offering plate at the back of church.
Even simpler than the envelope scheme is a standing order with your bank. This really is the easiest way to give to the church in a planned, regular way. The Church Office will be able to supply you with a standing order form, and will arrange for it to be sent to the bank.
If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like St John’s to be able to claim back the basic rate tax on any offering, you will need to fill in a Gift Aid declaration. The benefit to St John’s is that we can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given. (If you pay higher rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return.)