There are so many ways you can give to your church. Perhaps the most precious gift is the gift of your presence at worship. We can also give of our time - perhaps by offering a skill that you have that could enhance the church - flower arranging, administration, pastoral care, making the tea.
Churches are made up of people - but the life and mission of your church needs financial support.
Making a gift of financial support to your church helps establish our ministries on a stable institutional foundation, and provide for their future development. Like other Church of England churches, we effectively run on voluntary giving. The largest proportions of our costs cover the stipend of our full-time priest, the maintenance of our buildings and other essential overheads.
The most efficient way to make a gift of financial support is through planned giving: that is, forward-planning and committing a regular sum to the life of your church, and maintaining this as far as you are able throughout the year. This can be done by joining the Parish Giving Scheme, Standing Order, or through the Weekly Envelope scheme.
Other ways to support the ministry of your church is to include one-off gifts, and legacies. A legacy enables you to continue supporting the life of the church after you die: it is an act of generosity and charity which will benefit those who are still making their earthly pilgrimage within the family of faith. If you wish to leave a legacy to your church, please make the Parochial Church Council of either Bentworth, Lasham, Medstead or Shalden a beneficiary of your Will. You may wish to add to, or to alter, an existing Will; this is done by means of a Codicil. We advise that you speak to your solicitor if you wish to make this kind of gift.
Legacies are a lifeline for our churches. Each year around 5,000 people leave a gift in their will to a Church of England parish. In total, parishes receive around £50 million in legacy gifts each year – gifts to finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities.
For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. The Church of England has produce a helpful leaflet which will help you explore how you can make provision in your will for a legacy to the Church.
Each of your churches has a way you can leave something in your will - specific details can be found on each individual Church page.
We can reclaim 25% of your gifts and donations from the government. This comes from the tax you pay on your income and which we can claim back to support the church. This costs you nothing. Please use the gift aid form found on the individual church page. Every little extra bit helps out: especially if it comes from your taxes.
With this in mind, we ask every member of the church family to consider how much he or she is prepared to give to the work of the church's ministry - a weekly or monthly sum: we ask you to pledge this sum as a financial commitment, since it gives our parishes more certainty in planning their financial outlays. Each of your churches has a way you can do this - specific details can be found on each individual Church page.