Intentional giving

We worship a God who gives: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life". The giving of our time, our talents, and also our treasure is in imitation of this generosity of God.

In the Scriptures the people give the first fruits to God as and act of thanksgiving, recognising that all their blessings come from him. They also tithe, that is they give to the Lord 10% of their income, so that their giving is always in proportion to what they have received.

At St Elizabeth's we encourage you to think and pray about how much you can afford to give to help our ministries flourish. In this way your giving becomes a generous response to what you have received from the Lord. What is important is to be united not in the amount we give but in the sacrifice we make.

How to give

It helps our financial planning when people give on a regular basis by some form of automatic giving. The best way is through a Standing Order because it does not incur commission and we receive exactly the amount you give. However, there are also other ways to give, such as through PayPal or the GoCardless integration on MyChurchSuite (our parish database).

Automated giving also means we do not have to store, count, and bank cash. It reduces our administration costs and, when applicable, makes processing Gift Aid straightforward.

If you pay UK Income or Capital Gains Tax you can "gift aid" your donations. Gift Aid enables us to claim back from the Government a proportion of the tax you paid on the amount you give us. Effectively it increases the value of your donation by 25%. If you pay the higher rate of tax you can claim back for yourself the remaining 15%.

How much should you give?

The giving of our time and talents to the service of God is important and valued but we also need your financial commitment because parishes in England receive no funding from the state and have to be financially self-sufficient.

The standard for giving in the Bible is a tithe, or 10% of our income. In many places today that is interpreted as giving 5% and volunteering for two hours each week.

Whatever amount we choose, the principle that our giving should be in some way proportionate to our income is an important one because it then becomes a sacrifice of thanksgiving in response to the blessings we have received.