Church Legacy A lasting gift to your Church
Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you have the opportunity to make a lasting gift to God, by leaving a legacy to His church. A gift in your Will to your local church is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its mission and ministry within your community.
A gift can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, and can help keep your local church alive, and help transform its future.
Church Giving – Stewardship
A biblical view of stewardship can be consciously defined as “Utilising and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation.” The central essence of biblical view stewardship is managing everything God brings into the believer’s life in a manner that honours God and impacts eternity.
Stewardship begins and ends with the understanding of God’s ownership of all:
- “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
- “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)
- “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” (Deuteronomy 10:14)
- “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.” (Leviticus 25:23)
- “Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” (Job 41:11)
Have you joined our stewardship/planned giving scheme?
What is planned giving? The planned giving scheme is used by members of our church to donate to the church on a regular basis, usually through a standing order.
Why should I join? The majority of our income comes through the scheme. A regular donation allows us to budget our expenditure based on regular gifts. If you pay income tax we can automatically claim gift aid on your donation through the scheme.
Where does the money go? Donations received through the scheme pay towards all the running costs of the church, this includes:
- Sustain our clergy – Planned giving allows us to pay our Parish Share which is a scheme used across the diocese to pay for, train and house our clergy.
- Paying to insure, maintain, heat and light the church building
- Director Music fees, organists
- Maintaining the organ and running the choir
How much should I give? There is no one, easy answer for everyone. If you are seeking guidance, the Church of England recommends, based on biblical teaching 5% of income to your parish and 5% to charities of your choice. We are called to love God and our neighbour and our giving is an expression of that love.
How do I join? To join the scheme please speak to Rob Taylor or a member of the Stewardship Committee. Forms can be found in the foyer of the church.
Nobody, well not many people, like to talk about money and giving to the church so we are grateful that Peter Squires, Giving Officer for the Diocese, was able to come in October and talk to us about this.
By now, you should have received a Stewardship/Planned Giving envelope – please let us know if you have not. You will see that we need about £6000 a year more (roughly £10 a month from each member of the congregation) to make the books balance. So, please reflect on Peter’s talk, as you consider what you can give to All Saints’.
We very much appreciate all those who support the work of All Saints’ Church through regular donations whether through the envelopes or being members of the Stewardship/Planned Giving Scheme.
The past 18 months has been really hard for families as, with the rise in price of everyday items, we have all had to stretch our income that little bit further. This also applies to our church as we have lost income from collections during services, yellow envelopes, hall bookings and from events.
Additional ways to give to All Saints’
It is also possible to give to the church via online banking and cheques, made payable to All Saints’ Church Peterborough PCC’ and sent to:
The Church Wardens, c/o All Saints’ Vicarage, 208 Park Road, Peterborough PE1 2UJ