A small regular amount of gift- aided giving will help to maintain this parish resource for when you or others need it.
The local church is financially maintained by personal giving and not by any central body. Please consider regular gift-aided giving and keep the amount under review.
The finances of a local church are often misunderstood. There is a perception that St. James’ is paid to carry out its services by some central body. It is not! Indeed the reverse is true. All the costs of running and maintaining the churchyard, church building and the activities that take place around it are met by the worshipping congregation and some benefactors. On top of those costs, we have to pay a ‘Parish Share’, money that is paid to the diocese towards clergy stipends and training. In the 2017 this amounted to £26,280.
On the income side, we receive an amount from historic charitable trusts and an almost identical amount is paid out by us to local and international charities which we support. Apart from fees for funerals, weddings and so on, all of which are fixed nationally and not within our gift to change, all other income is from the people of St. James’ whether a regular member of the congregation or not, through direct giving or fund-raising activities such as our coffee mornings. We also rely heavily on volunteer labour.
Any notion that the church is well off and doesn’t need financial help to keep it open is very wide of the mark. With a medieval building to maintain, heat, light and insure, we are always grateful for donations and legacies.
We would like to hand St. James’ church in good order to the generations that follow, and ensure that the church remains open as a parish resource for all to use.
Please consider a one-off gift or a legacy, and if you are a UK tax payer, by gift-aiding it we could benefit from a 25% tax rebate from Inland Revenue.
To look at the fees that are charged for services, hover on the £ sign above.
These are set nationally and are not all retained by the local church. Some of the fee is payable to the diocese.