How is St Matthew’s Church financed?
The vast majority of St Matthew’’s Church income is from congregation members who give regularly either by standing order or using the envelope scheme (including Gift Aid on taxpayers’ donations), together with one-off donations and bequests. St Matthew’s PCC receives part of the statutory fees for Weddings, Funerals and Burials to assist in the upkeep of the church. St Matthew’s receives no regular grants or subsidies from outside bodies.
How can I give to the work of St Matthew’s Church?
1. By setting up a standing order with your bank. Standing Order forms are available each Sunday morning at our services, or you can request one from us (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. You can take a pack of numbered giving envelopes, which we can provide.
3. A collection is taken and offered at all Sunday services and plates will come round during one of our hymns for this purpose.
4. You may also like to consider making a donation to St Matthew’s Church in your will. Please ask your solicitor when you make or change your will.
5. A one-off donation by cheque can be made at any time. If you would like to send us a cheque, please make it payable to St Matthew’s PCC and send it to the Vicarage (address: The Vicarage, Silksworth Road, New Silksworth, Sunderland SR3 2AA)
If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim back the basic rate tax, you will need to fill in, sign and return to us an ongoing Gift Aid Declaration if you have not done so already. The benefit to St Matthew’s is that we can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each £1 given. (If you pay higher rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return.)
Gift Aid forms are available at our Sunday morning services, or by contacting us direct (contact details above)
What does the money go on?
In terms of expenditure, the PCC believe that it is biblical to give generously as part of our worship of God. As members of the Church of England, we share in the cost of offering ministry in every corner of the land. We use some of the money given to maintain the beautiful church building that we have here in Silksworth as well as our ongoing maintenance and upgrading of the church yard. Clearly, the amount of work we are able to do in the community is limited by the amount of financial resources available. We would love that, as we pursue our vision as a church here in Silksworth , we would not have to worry about whether we have sufficient money to cover all that we believe God has planned for us.
In the Bible, Malachi speaks of God’s blessing as we honour Him with our money:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”