Giving is a fundamental concept of the Christian faith: God’s giving of his Son, and the Son’s giving of his life for the world. The Sacrament of the love of God is celebrated here at St Giles’ for our life and the life of the world; and at its heart are the words that proclaim the self-giving of God. We in turn are called to a life of generous giving – of our time, our skills and our money.
We ask you to reflect and pray as you consider your giving. If you are already making regular donations and your finances allow it, perhaps you may give more.
Harvest Letter 1 October 2017
“The challenge to be generous is the challenge to be generous in how we choose to live our whole life, day by day. Thank you for living generously.”
Rev. Katharine Rumens
Rector, St Giles’ Cripplegate
May we first take the opportunity to express our warmest thanks for all that you have contributed to St Giles’ during the past year, whether in time, skills or money. Through our giving, we not only help our church to continue its mission and ministry but we also express an important part of our faith by giving back a small fraction of what God, in his immeasurable love and generosity, has given to us.
It is for each of us to consider conscientiously and prayerfully the level of our giving to St Giles’. In deciding what the right level is for us, the traditional tithing principle may provide a helpful yardstick. As interpreted by some Anglican churches, this principle tells us that we should aim to give 5% of our net income to and through the church and a further 5% to other charities.
St Giles’ expenditure last year came to nearly £270,000 – close to £740 per day. Giving by the church community makes a vital contribution to raising this daunting sum. We appeal to you to maintain and, if possible, increase your financial support for the church to help it meet its running costs. While the idea of contributing to the church’s daily expenditure may not have the immediate appeal of giving to fund a specific project, we believe that giving to support the everyday activities of our church lies at the heart of what stewardship is all about. As Tom Wright, the former Bishop of Durham, has written:
“when the church is living out the kingdom of God, the word of God will spread powerfully and do its own work. Of course, no one individual can attempt more than a fraction of this mission. That’s why mission is the work of the whole church, the whole time. … All will need one another for help and encouragement. All will need to be nourished by the central, worshipping life of the church, and that central life will itself be nourished and renewed as the friends of Jesus come back to worship from their mission in the world.”
If it is a while since you last reviewed how much you give to St Giles’, please bear in mind that inflation may have reduced the value of your gift by more than you might think. The table below shows that a monthly gift of £100 in 2000 would need to have increased to £160 today just to keep pace with inflation.
It is also worth bearing in mind that the church’s expenses have a tendency to rise at a faster rate than inflation.
While financial support in any form is greatly valued, giving by standing order is particularly helpful, as it helps the church to budget for its future spending with greater confidence. At present, there are 47 individuals who give by standing order (the same as last year). It would be wonderful if we could realise our ambition to increase the number to 50 this year to reach the target set by the stewardship committee in 2014.
Please remember that, if you are a UK taxpayer, you are probably eligible for Gift Aid. By completing a Gift Aid declaration to go with a standing order, or filling in the declaration on the yellow envelope, you can ensure that the church receives an extra 25p for every £1 you give at no extra cost to you. Last year, St Giles’ was able to reclaim tax of more than £15,800 on money given by donors who had completed the necessary Gift Aid donation form.
A standing order form and Gift Aid form are enclosed with this letter. The forms can also be downloaded form the stewardship page of the church’s website, which contains further information about giving to St Giles’, including a link to a leaflet about leaving a legacy to St Giles’ in your will and a question and answer sheet which provides answers to some common questions about why and how to give to the church.
With blessings to you at this Harvest time.
Cath Urquhart, Malcolm Waters, Kathryn Elsby
The Stewardship Committee
 Surprised by Hope, Tom Wright, SPCK, 2007, p.280.
This is our preferred way for you to give, and the Stewardship Committee’s target is to increase the number of people paying by Standing Order by 15%.
By knowing what is coming in regularly, outgoings can be met more easily, with bills paid and improvements planned with confidence.
Please set up a Standing Order if you possibly can (if you haven’t already done so). You can set up a Standing Order using online banking, or use a Standong Order form available from church or the parish office. You can also download one - see below
Bank Account details:
Account Name: St Giles’ Cripplegate Church
Account No: 46985867
Sort Code: 56-00-23
If you have an existing Standing Order, as the costs of keeping St Giles’ open and running only go upwards, we urge you to increase your giving if you can.
These are provided in the pews for cash or cheque donations. If you pay tax, complete the envelope fully so that we can reclaim the tax you have paid via the Gift Aid scheme.
If you are a UK taxpayer your donations may be eligible for Gift Aid, whereby for every £1 you give us, we can reclaim 25p from the tax you have paid. And it doesn’t cost you a penny. All you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid declaration form, available in church or from the parish office. It can also be downloaded - see below
Thank you to all who gift aid their giving. We have received £7416.43 tax refund for January to June 2017.
Please consider making a bequest to St Giles’ Cripplegate in your will. We will use legacies to fund significant projects in the Parish. Since circumstances change over the years, you are encouraged to leave a legacy for the general purposes of the Parish.
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Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
Services and church opening hours
08.00 Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)
16.00 Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer may be cancelled on the Sunday after Christmas and on Easter Day or during August. The service may also be cancelled if no key holder is available or it may take place in the rectory instead.
08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday).
Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection
These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.
Future Dates, 4 October, 1 November and 13 December
These sessions are normally held on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00. Some gentle cleaning and tea and cakes at the end.
Future Dates, 4 October, 1 November and 13 December
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
Dates of future PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 20 November
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997