We trust that God will provide for all our needs at St Andrew the Great as we seek to make him known. God uses members of the congregation to meet many of these needs, through generous and sacrificial giving, for which we are so grateful. There are many ways to give to the work of St Andrew the Great, including the giving of our time through service, and through our finances.
The church is almost entirely funded by the generous giving of its members, covering the many different areas of expenditure, such as staffing, maintaining our buildings, administration costs and the running of events. We also send money to support our mission partners elsewhere in the UK and overseas. There are a number of different ways in which you are able to give financially to the work of the church, which are listed below. All of our finances are carefully monitored to try to make sure we are getting the best value for money, and that there is neither waste nor any opportunity for impropriety. We are a registered charity; audited accounts are published each year and filed with the Charity Comission. Please contact the Treasurer if you have any questions.
There are a number of ways in which you can give financially to the work of the church:
By setting up a regular standing order. Giving in this way is a great help for planning wise budgets for the coming year
By giving cash or by cheque (payable to St Andrew the Great Church) at a Sunday service when the collection is taken (if you are visiting as a guest please feel free to let the bags pass you by without any embarrassment)
By giving a one off donation at our annual Gift Day. This is an extra opportunity during the year to give to a particular project or area of ministry.
Members of the church staff will never see who gives financially (or how much) to the work of the church: only the treasurer and bookkeeper are able to see this information, and they will treat it with utmost discretion.
If you are a UK tax payer, please have a look at this information about claiming back Gift Aid – if you fill out the form and return it to the church treasurer we are able to claim back 25% of each donation you make! This form is also available from the entrance area at church.
The Jesus Lane Trust
There is also the opportunity to directly support St Andrew the Great's work with students and young people by giving to the Jesus Lane Trust. The Trust was set up by ex-members of the congregation to support our student work and youth work both financially and in prayer, and it currently supports six student workers and four church apprentices.
If you would like to support the Trust, you can dowload the giving form and the latest newsletter here.