Giving is essential to secure our Church’s future ability to serve our communities. But when you have made the decision to support the work of the Church, how much should you give?
What to give
The Church of England encourages committed Churchgoers to give away 10% of their income to good causes, a practice known as tithing which has Biblical origins. It is suggested that of this 10% half is offered as a gift to the Church. This level of giving would ensure not only a secure future for the Church but enable real growth in mission and outreach.
To some, this recommendation is a challenge. Please be assured we are grateful for and careful with every donation made to the Church, mindful of our duty to use your gifts wisely to grow the presence of God and the Church in our communities. You are giving to God’s work in our local communities and towards developing our buildings for worship and mission.
Below is a simple ‘Giving Guide’ which illustrates what giving would be for various levels of income at 10%, 5% and 1% to help you make your decision. It is designed to help you easily see what this means in terms of a regular monthly donation for various levels of income.
It also shows the 5% recommended as a donation to the Church of England and 1% to help you scale a donation that feels right for you. The second table shows what this would mean as a weekly donation.
If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by 25% at no cost to you. For example, for every £10 you donate, the church can reclaim £2.50. This is called Gift Aid. If you are eligible, make sure you opt-in to Gift Aid when you make your donation.