Having a building that we can meet in, paying people to fulfil particular roles and providing resources for different activities all have a financial cost.For Nic’s, this expenditure is approximately £330,000 per year.This money comes from us, the church family, all contributing what we can.Together, we provide the financial resources we need to operate as a church.
Giving is part of our discipleship. As we seek to serve Jesus, we consider how we will use the things He has given us, such as time, skills and money.
What is this money spent on?
Every year Durham Diocese asks every church to pledge a ‘parish offering’. This money is used to employ clergy (our vicar and all those in churches across the Diocese) and to provide support to parishes, church schools and other ministries across the diocese.
For each area of activity there are different costs. For example we employ a Youth & Children’s worker to dedicate time to coordinating all the activities for young people, a part-time student worker and equipment purchased so that our music groups can lead us in worship.
Each year we give to organisations and individuals involved in mission such as the Church Missionary Society, Latvia Biblical Centre to support the growth of the church across the world.
Utilities & Maintenance
This covers the costs associated with our buildings (church and Youth Centre), such as energy bills, repairs to equipment and general upkeep.
How can I give?
A regular transfer of money from a bank account to the church can be set up using your online banking, or by completing the form here and returning it to the church office.
Cash donations can be put in the collection bags at services each Sunday.
We are able to accept Charity Cheques. Either put them in the collection bag or the box by the front door or send to the office. Please make cheques payable to St Nicholas Church
The Gift Aid scheme allows us to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, effectively increasing the amount of the donation. In order to do that, we need a completed Gift Aid Declaration, which can be requested from the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is your employer part of the payroll giving scheme? If so, have you considered giving to Nic’s through the scheme? For further info see www.payrollgiving.co.uk/