As members of God's family we belong to Him; all that we are and all that we have are His. Part of our shared family responsibility is to invest the resources He gives us for His purposes and for His glory. In the Bible God calls us to respond to Him in thankfulness by giving to and through our local church, where we are fed and nurtured, liberally and joyfully, generously and freely and in proportion to our ability.
How much should I give?
In the Old Testament, God called His people to give 10% as their "tithe"; additional freewill offerings were over and above this. In the New Testament, we are under grace not law and therefore we should be motivated to give even more freely. How much you give is a matter for prayerful consideration between you and the Lord.
What about confidentiality?
Only you, our Church Finance Team (Rob Humphreys, Kevin Gallagher and Annette Ross), and our auditors will have access to information about how much you give and by what means. They will, of course, keep this information confidential.
How can I give?
1. By Online Payment
This is the most effective means to give to Christ Church. Whether you wish to give monthly, quarterly or annually, these commitments help us plan for the future development of our ministry.
To give in this way, there are two options:
use on-line banking to set up a regular transfer. You will need our account name which is "Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Christ Church Virginia Water" abbreviated "PCC EPCCVW" , our sort code which is 20-02-53 and our account number which is 00906263
download and complete a Bankers Order and send it to your bank (or place it in a sealed envelope marked "Finance Administrator" and put it in the Collection Basket and we will send it on)
If possible please also complete a Gift Aid Declaration as well as enable us to recover another 25% in tax relief for UK taxpayers. For more details, see below.
2. Via the Collection Basket
Of course, you can give in cash or by cheque via the Collection Basket. If eligible, please use a Gift Aid Envelope to enable us to recover another 25% in tax relief for UK taxpayers. For more details, see below.
Can Gift Aid be claimed on my giving?
As a registered charity, we are able to reclaim basic rate tax (20%) on all donations we receive from you if you are a UK taxpayer. This equates to 25% of the gift you give us out of your taxed income. So, for every £100 you give us using this scheme, we can claim back another £25 from the Government, at no cost to you. If you pay UK tax and have not already done so, please complete a Gift Aid Declaration form and send to the Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will record your giving, claim any tax relief due under Gift Aid and once a year we will advise you of your total giving under Gift Aid. You can use this information to claim additional tax relief if you are eligible via the HMRC Self Assessment return. If you pay tax at a rate higher than basic rate, further tax relief is available to you on your charitable donations, enabling you to give even more!
What if I am a US/UK dual taxpayer?
If you are a US/UK dual taxpayer, please be advised that Christ Church is registered with the CAF American Donor Fund enabling you too to give tax-efficiently claiming Gift Aid in the UK while still benefiting from a tax deduction in the US. Click here for more details.
What about Legacies?
If you would like to leave Christ Church a gift in your Will, giving in this way is exempt from Inheritance Tax. We will be pleased to supply details of how you can leave a legacy gift whether or not you have already prepared your Will.
If you would like more information on financial stewardship at Christ Church please contact our Treasurer (email@example.com) who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.