Why we give
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Giving our money is as much a part of our personal worship as our singing. Jesus talked more about money than almost any other issue and we believe that our giving is a healthy reflection of our relationship with God. The Bible is clear that giving is important and will result in blessing – though the manner of that blessing is of course up to God – we do not promote a teaching that you give money to receive more money. How much you give is entirely between you and God; again, the policy of the Church is that the numbers are only known by those who need to know for legal reasons, and the amount of giving by specific individuals is not shared with either the Elders or the Board.
How to give
You can give cash or cheques at a Sunday service – envelopes are available. Bank details and forms to give direct online or via standing order are available from the finance assistant in the office. One-off donations can be made through our Beacon Church App (Android phones only), although we do incur a 35p + 2.1% per transaction charge to receive these.
Whichever way you use to give to God’s work through the Beacon Church, please fill out a Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK tax payer. This enables us to claim back 25p from the taxman for every £1 you give.
We continue to thank God for the many generous people within the church who are sacrificially giving, and we say with Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:11: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Thank you for your support in our great mission together!
The money that you give is administered by the church finance team on behalf of the trustees. We publish annual financial statements to keep accountable to you and as required by the Charity Commission. The latest financial statements are available here.
We’ve included below some basic information about this year so far. The latest General Fund figures for April through July 2017 are below.
Percentage received 104%
Percentage spent 95%
NB These figures have not yet been independently reviewed or audited.
Please email any queries to the finance assistant.