We have a culture of generosity at Grace Church, receiving and releasing God’s generosity to us through our finances.
We’re a family on a mission together to make disciples, serve our communities, start and grow new congregations and reach the nations. We believe that each of us can play a part in bringing God’s kingdom to the lives of our friends, family and community.
For those who consider Grace Church to be their spiritual home, we encourage you to give financially. We believe giving is a biblical way to demonstrate our love and commitment to God, who has given so generously to us.
Explore more of what the Bible has to say about you and giving, by listening to Simon Redmill’s talk on generosity.
Here’s some practical information about ways that you can give.
An offering is taken up during our morning meetings, where you can give cash or cheques in the giving envelopes provided.
Many of our members choose to give regularly by standing order. Download a standing order form.
If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make your cheques payable to Grace Church.
If you have online banking you can set up a one-off or monthly transfer to our bank account. Our account name is Grace Church, account number is 01589315, sort code 30-93-25.
Using a Gift Aid envelope for your giving allows us to claim back 25 pence for every pound you donate, at no extra cost to you. You can pick up a Gift Aid form from the Welcome Desk or just ask one of the Welcome team.
We are thankful to our members for giving so generously.
We have one or two Gift Days each year, which usually go towards one-off costs, which aren’t part of our regular budget.
We also have a Christmas Offering. The offering given at our Christmas Carols is given away. In the last couple of years, we have given to Tear Fund (for refugee crisis), Morning Star Salisbury and Childlink.
We occasionally have one-off offerings to give support to local churches seeking to meet the needs of their community. One example of this is our gift to support those left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan.
In 2015, we were able to claim nearly £30,000 of tax back from HMRC, at no cost to those who made the donations.
If you are a UK taxpayer, using the Gift Aid envelope for your giving allows Grace Church to claim back 25p for every pound you donate, at no extra cost to you.
Just grab a Gift Aid envelope from the welcome desk, download and complete our Gift Aid form or speak to Jen Carter in the church office.
At the time of writing, making Gift Aid payments is also taken into account when calculating any benefits that you may be entitled to.
We believe in being open and accountable with our finances. At each family meeting, our treasurer gives an up-to-date report on our finances to our members. You are, of course, welcome to ask questions about our finances at any time.
You can download copies of our accounts from the Charity Commission.
Matt Hosier on Giving.