We want everyone to be involved. It’s an important value, and as part of the church family and the body of Christ we invite everyone to give their time, gifts and money to the church and its ministry here in Brentford.
The Parish and its ministry rely on income, which comprises of your financial gifts and income from hirers who use our buildings. It currently costs us about £4000 a week to do all that we do. We don’t receive any money from the Church of England; in fact we pay them each year! This year we are paying them £85,200 but when we have had an Associate that goes up to over £100K.
We don’t just want you to give to support the ministry of our Parish, but because you believe it’s an important part of your faith….
DEVELOPMENTS AND PROJECTS IN 2021
We have had a number of exciting developments this year. We hope to open Spire Café in August, which means that St Paul’s will be open to the community every weekday. We are starting an after school club ‘Three30’ for secondary aged young people in September, and are supporting the charity Hestia who work with survivors of modern slavery, and who are now based at St Faith’s.
As we grow, we plan to employ a part time Communications Manager to help us with IT, Technology and Communications as a parish, which will be an additional cost. We will also be paying our curate’s housing costs for the next three years, and paying more in utility bills for St Paul’s and St Faith’s, as they are used throughout the week.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE
Through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)
The PGS is a simple way for you to give to the parish that gives you easy control over how and what you give. You can also choose to give anonymously and to increase your giving annually in line with inflation if you would prefer.
There are two ways to set up a regular gift:
Printing out the attached PGS Gift form, completing, signing (after reading the Information Sheet) and mailing it to The Parish Giving Scheme, 76, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3BD; or
Using the New Telephone Service which takes the place of the paper form; for further details please refer to the attached note; while on the phone to a PGS administrator, you will be asked for the PGS code for the Parish of Brentford which is 230623226.
For a one off gift please use the following bank account details:
Payee Name: St Paul’s Parish Centre
A/c Number: 60982261
Sort code: 20-72-33
Bank: Barclays Bank
By credit/debit card via Church Suite.
Collection plate offerings
Placing cash (currency notes/coins) or cheques for ‘St Paul’s Parish Centre’ in the collection plate passed around during services.
Contactless payment by credit/debit card using the VISA contactless kit placed at the back of St Paul’s Church.
N.B. Individual donations in cash or by contactless payments up to a limit of £30 are eligible for Gift Aid; if you wish to put in an amount in excess of £30 and are a UK taxpayer please use the yellow envelopes/gift aid forms so that we can claim gift aid on your donation.
HOW IS THE MONEY I GIVE SPENT?
Our annual budget is just over £300,000 the money you give is spent on:
- Mission – Alpha, Youth, Schools and lots more.
- The costs of Clergy and Diocesan support for the parish.
- The cost of our Youth & Children’s apprentice time and training.
- Maintaining, running and developing our buildings.
- The costs of administration for weddings, baptisms and funerals, as well as managing finances and communication.
- Community Groups.
- Maintaining and developing the prayer and worship of the church.
- Helping others by giving to our mission partners. We aim to give 10% of or our regular giving (approximately £8000) to support our four main mission partners in the UK and around the world.
GLOBAL AND LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
Our local mission partners
Cross light Advice – a charity working to combat poverty and hardship caused by the burden of unmanageable debt and lack of financial capability.
The Shelter Project Hounslow – a joint churches initiative in Hounslow running winter night shelters for homeless men in the coldest months.
Our global mission partners
TearFund – working in the poorest countries and communities in the world to see them lift themselves out of poverty (we are particularly linked with their work in Eastern Uganda).
Church Mission Society – supporting Heather Johnstone in Tanzania who manages a project supporting women and children in crisis – who don’t have food, clothing, or shelter.
Support Heather and the Rehema Project
If you’d like to donate during this Covid pandemic you can via Church Suite.
This fund was started after the young boy Josie died of malaria as his mother had no money for his medical treatment. There is no luxury of free medical treatment in Tanzania unless the patient has Aids or TB, and even then sometimes the medicines are not free. The funds will be used to help disadvantaged women and children, pay for emergencies when they fall ill.