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 2018
As in previous years, we’re writing to all the members of the St Giles’ community whose names appear on the Electoral Roll. We’d like to begin by thanking you most warmly for whatever you’ve contributed to the church over the past year, whether your contribution has been financial or practical. Your generous support is vital to enabling the church to continue its ministry and to carry on the many different activities which connect it to the wider community.
Looking to the year ahead, we’d like to invite you to think about what St Giles’ means to you, and how that might be expressed in ongoing financial support for the church.
What does St Giles’ mean to you?
The church will mean different things to different members of the church community. Perhaps some of the following will strike a chord with you.
Somewhere to …
… find a peaceful spot to sit and think
… be inspired by the liturgy and music of a Sunday service
… pick up a good read at the book fair
… bring the children for Sunday Club
… connect with the history of the City of London
… pray or light a candle for my family or loved ones
… hear how Christianity can help me to lead a more fulfilled life
… think about what I’ve done wrong and ask God for forgiveness
… praise God for his love for the world revealed in Jesus Christ
What is St Giles’ worth to you?
The things which make St Giles’ a special place for each of us will probably reflect values and beliefs we’ve held for a long time. They are not something that can be priced in money terms. But, in considering what we might want to give to show our support for St Giles’, it can be helpful to think what we can typically spend each month on the faster-fading pleasures of our daily lives.
£10 per month A premium subscription to Netflix
£25 per month A bunch of flowers every week
£30 per month A weekly box of chocolates
£40 per month Two pints of beer per week at a London pub
£50 per month A coffee each weekday at a coffee shop
£60 per month A TV entertainment and sports package
£100 per month A gym membership subscription
£200 per month A weekly meal for two at a pizza outlet
£450 per month A weekly meal for two at a restaurant
Last year, St Giles’ annual expenditure came to nearly £215,000 – about £590 per day. The cost of heating, lighting and water alone amounted to about £18.70 per day. To help the church continue meeting its running costs, we appeal to you to give generously to the church in the year ahead. Any donation, however small, will be warmly appreciated: after all, if a lot of people give a small amount, it will soon mount up to a tidy sum!
Please bear in mind that, if you haven’t reviewed the level of your support for some time, now may be the time to think about increasing it to keep pace with inflation. For instance, a monthly donation of £100 in 2014 would need to be increased to £109 to maintain its real value in 2018.
Financial support in any form is very welcome but giving by standing order is particularly helpful, as it helps the church to budget more confidently for its future spending. At present, there are 42 individuals who give by standing order, which is five fewer than last year. It would be great this year if we could reverse the recent downward trend and get the number up to 50, which is 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 £17,600 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 from 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 all good wishes to you at this Harvest time,
Catherine Urquhart, Malcolm Waters, Kathryn Elsby
The Stewardship Committee
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.
ALL FINANCIAL INFORMATION YOU GIVE US IS TREATED IN CONFIDENCE
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.
Sunday 31 March 2019 Annual Parish Meeting in church at 11.30
08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)
Saturday 23 March, Ecumenical Study Group at Wesley's Chapel. Meet at 10.00 for coffee or tea, 10-30-11.30 study period.
Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection
These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.
2019 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July
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.
2019 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 19 March Tuesday 30 April* (Supper)
*in the Rectory at 19.30
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997