How can I give to the life of St Peter and St John's Church?
One of the key reasons we exist is to serve our community. We want to help everyone in our local area to 'live well'.
We need resources to do this.
You can give in many ways
1. Regular giving by standing order
2. Regular giving when you come to church - there are envelopes at church which will allow you to gift aid
3. One -off donations: these may be for a specific ministry or project. If you want to support Project Welcome for example you can click on the link and give through JustGiving or you can leave us a legacy. Please make cheques payable to St Peter and St Johns' PCC and send to St Peter and St John's Church, Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3QP
Tax Efficient Giving If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim back the basic rate of 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 James is that we can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given. in other words if you were to make a donation of £100 the church would receive £125 (If you pay higher rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return). Please download the Gift Aid and Standing form below
Bank Details: For our regular expenses Bank: Lloyds Account: St Peter and St John's Church Account number: 00358189 Sort Code: 30-97-17
Here is a recent letter sent out to all church members and friends of PJs updating everyone on our financial position Feb 2018 Dear Friends
This letter is to say a very big THANK YOU to all of you who, in one way or another, have given to St Peter and St John’s Church over recent years.
I’m writing to let you know all the ways in which your giving has made a difference.
We are committed to providingwelcoming and inclusive worship opportunities:
We have been making steady progress towards an appropriately relevant style of worship, with the provision of audio visual facilities and improved heating in the church.
Our Worship for All service has been growing with a regular group of new families bringing along their children to participate in the Children’s Choir
We have invested in providing a leader for the Children’s Choir
Soon you will also see an improved area for making pre-schoolers welcome in all our services
We are committed tohelping newcomers grow in their faith and make the step from being part of group to being part of church
we have held the Keeping Health in Mind course three times now and seen some of its participants join various services at church
we have held a START course, preparing individuals for baptism and parents for the baptism of their children
we continue to offer Messy Church in each school holiday
are committed to being partof the story of transformation in our area:
We have offered free ESOL classes for almost a year now on Tuesday mornings
From February 2018 we will be offering free ESOL classes in our local primary school St Andrew’s Benn
We have also been running a children’s group in St Andrew’s Benn weekly for over a year at lunchtimes and this has recently developed into an after-school club called Rock Solid, this is being made possible by collaboration with Rugby Youth for Christ.
We continue to offer a vitally important venue to many local hobby groups and societies, we have increased the number of these groups using our facilities.
Project Welcome is nearing phase 1 of completion: the creation of new toilets and a church office, which will pave the way for phase 2, the removal of the old toilets and the reopening of the original door. We continue to pursue funding from outside agencies to help us towards this goal.
We continue to support the work of Hope 4 and Toybox and one other charity (chosen annually)
We have only been able to do all of these things as a result of money coming in. Here is where it has come from:
Awards received from grant-making bodies (£45,000 from WREN, £10,000 from National Churches Trust, £10,000 from Awards for All plus smaller grants from a number of other bodies). This money has facilitated: the work towards Project Welcome, the feasibility study of our area (vitally important for applying for future grants) and the provision of ESOL.
Diocesan Mission Fund - the diocese continues to support us in 2 ways. It is providing a grant towards the payment of our parish share and it has provided a limited fund specifically for mission/outreach work from which Sheila has been drawing to fund new initiatives.
One-off legacies or donations (for example, it was a legacy that has enabled us to employ Melody for one year to lead our Children’s Choir)
Income from hall user groups: we are pleased that this has been going up but we hope with our new facilities it will increase even further.
Regular giving - whilst this final ‘funding stream’ might not recently have been the greatest in monetary terms, IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT! And it is also the one for which I am most deeply grateful as I am aware it represents sacrificial giving for many of you.
I hope this letter helps you better understand the difference that your giving has made. First of all you gave and fund-raised generously for Project Welcome (£ 47,100). This amount together with the awards received has enabled phase 1 to be completed. Secondly your regular giving helps to meet the running costs of church. This running cost equates to £6,000 a month - this figure covers our heating, electricity bills, minor repairs, building insurance AND our parish share.
As some of you will know the support given to us by the diocese to enable us to pay our parish share is set to taper off significantly and we have recently had to begin to use our reserves for the first time in order to meet all our regular bills.
In the next couple of months it is likely that we will need to pay from our reserves in order to pay
the costs to our fundraiser (Andy Duncan), this is around £3,500. This may seem a large amount of money but it is in fact an investment in the fact that his work will hopefully generate far greater income from grants awarded to us we are applying (and praying for) £ 210,000 over the next two years.
The increasing amount of our Parish share
Paying our parish share from reserves is not sustainable-once the reserves are gone they are gone!
Consequently we need to increase our regular income from monthly donors. Would you be able to increase the amount you already donate? Or, if you do not yet donate monthly, would you be able to do so? Even a small amount regularly makes a huge difference.
We would also greatly benefit from one-off donations and from legacies. Are you in a position to remember us in your will?
Thank you so much for all the support and enthusiastic encouragement whether by donation or prayer or simply being part of us. We want you to know that we deeply appreciate you. With love in Christ
Rev Sheila Bridge
St Peter & St John's Church clifton road Rugby Warwickshire CV21 3pf