Finance and Giving

We thank God for the generous giving of members of St. James and others to the work of our Church. Our primary aim as a Church is “to win people for Christ and build them up in Christ” which we do out of obedience to Christ and love for others.

Sustaining this work, including maintaining the Church buildings and a full-time ministry, costs money.  

2016 Annual Report and Accounts

In 2016Total receipts on unrestricted funds were £78,664 of which, £47,552 was from unrestricted planned voluntary donations and a further £11,165 from Gift Aid. Restricted Donations of £13,160 were also received and details are shown in the Financial Statements. Planned Giving through envelopes and banker's orders increased by 1.0%. The contribution to the diocesan parish share increased by 1.7% to £47,255 in the year, and has again been paid in full mostly by regular standing order. This largely provides the stipends and housing for clergy. The sum that the churches in the diocese have to find is shared between the churches according to a formula that is based mainly on the head count of each church’s congregation. Net movement in unrestricted funds was an increase of £3,391. The total of all funds of the church has risen by £11,832.

The PCC gives thanks to God for healthy financial situation and on the basis of this has decided to appeal to the congregation not only for the proposed building work but for commitments to expand the ministry by paying for a full or part-time family worker. The PCC is grateful to all the members of the congregation who continue to support the work of the Church. An annual giving review day was held in the autumn and it is recognized that in order to further develop the premises and ministry greater financial commitment will required.

The Fabric Fund, is for the maintenance and development of the building.

The Youth Fund is used to fund work with young people.

Many churches also benefit from people who make provision for them in their will.  We have a bequests leaflet which explains more about this. There is also a codicil example on the website.

One of the great texts in the Bible is John chapter 3 verse 16 - God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  It is as we understand just how much God has given us in Christ that we want to respond by giving to others and to the Lord’s work.  This shouldn’t be done out of guilt but from genuine gratitude to God, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9.7).

We realise that all this can be a sticky issue to raise and some people are embarrassed to talk about giving. Jesus commended the practice of tithing (Lk 11.42) (that is giving away at least a tenth of your income) and we are grateful that many give to St. James, and to other charities, using this principle.  Those who follow this principle discover that it a great blessing not only to those who receive but to those who give.

Previous copies of the PCC annual accounts should be available from the Charity Commission website (see the links page).

See also the Fees Page for wedding, funeral and interment of ashes fees.


Finance Documents

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