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FAQs about Giving

 How can I give?

If you would like to give regularly, we encourage you to consider a standing order (which can be gift aided if you are a UK tax payer, this allows us to claim an extra 25% from the government). To give regularly and automatically helps us enormously as a church to budget and plan for our future. To give in this way is clearly a commitment and one which you need time to think and pray about.

You can give cash/cheque each time you come to church, again this can be made tax efficient if you use the Gift Aid envelopes in the pews. This is the money that is collected during worship and offered to God at the altar for blessing; and we pray for wisdom to use this money wisely.

Some people give annual gifts, or gifts at a particularly meaningful moment in their lives. I.e. after marriage, in thanksgiving for a birth of a child or Grandchild.

You could consider leaving a gift in your will. Your solicitor will be able to advise how you do this, but over the generations many people have left legacies which we try to use for special one off-purchases, so a lasting legacy is left in their memory.

  

How do I decide how much?

This is clearly a personal decision, and one we each take prayerfully and with thought. Some decide on a % of their personal income and others prefer to think of an amount. But, whatever we give, we do so in response to God’s generosity with us.

This is a ministry for everyone – “each according to your means” 2 Cor 8 v11

 If you would like more information about any of these options please ask a Churchwarden or the Vicar, who will be able to help you make an informed choice. All gifts are given anonymously, and no-one other than the treasurer knows the amounts involved.

I can’t give any more than I already do!

Thank you! What you give matters enormously, and is deeply encouraging. Of course we can all give in ways besides money - God gives each of us talents and gifts as well.  Many people offer their talents in a variety of ways; grass cutting, cleaning, reading and praying in worship, visiting the housebound or lonely, the list is long! However, the most important gift  you can give is prayer; for this church and for her mission in growing the Kingdom of God here.

  

I’m not really a regular, but I love the building…

You are not alone; many people give to the building as an important and beautiful part of village life.

All our churches have a ’fabric’ account for such giving and the income sustains, maintains and improves the fabric of the building. Great Hormead has a 'Friends' association who look after and maintain the fabric of the building.

 

Our giving sustains
our church building here - it is a sacred place dedicated to
worship, prayer and witness, and we pray it will be here for future generations to use as we do, for Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals.

 

Our giving sustains
parish clergy across the diocese and
trains new clergy.

 

Our giving sustains
parish ministry; measured by every
ill person visited, every confirmation course run, every assembly taken, every bereaved
family comforted, every baptism celebrated,
every sermon preached, Eucharist celebrated,
and person shown the love of Christ through
our care, comfort and compassion.

 Our giving sustains
mission both here in this diocese of St Albans,
 and overseas for people we will never meet but
 to whom we are able to give practical support through our ministry of giving.

 

This ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but overflows with many thanksgivings to God  2 Cor 9:12

 

Contact

The Vicarage 

Great Hormead 

Buntingford 

Hertfordshire 

SG9 0NT 

01763 289258