Giving & Generosity

We seek to be generous and to bless others as well as to care for our community. God’s work at St Michael’s is funded entirely by the congregation.

If you come to St Michael’s you will get a warm welcome and we don’t take a collection in the service or ask for your money. However most of our members do give on a regular basis and we encourage planned giving through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS).  Using the PGS, which is reliable, trustworthy, and effective, saves a significant amount of work for the Treasurer team.

In 2020, in order to help people who were struggling financially during lockdown, we established a Hardship Fund. To find out more, scroll down. 

If you would like to make a regular gift to St Michael’s, please consult the following documents and FAQ questions –

If you wish to give a one off gift, please send the money to: PCC of St Michael and All Angels SE3, 40-52-40, 00025838 and then a brief email to treasurer@se3.org.uk so that we can acknowledge safe receipt of your gift.

Most people are taxpayers, who will want to complete a Gift Aid Declaration to enhance the value of their gifts. If this is the case for you please email treasurer@se3.org.uk.

Frequently asked questions (regular giving)

Can we make gifts as a couple? 

We welcome gifts from couples, so if you wish to make a joint gift please write ‘Mr & Mrs’ in the ‘other’ box. For the purpose of Gift Aid however they need the signature of just one individual who pays sufficient tax to cover the gift.

Please add your title in the Gift Aid signature box so they know which individual the declaration belongs to.

Who is responsible for my personal information?

Although the PGS has been set up to help us manage donations, it is a separate legal entity from our parish and must comply with data protection law. By returning the gift form you consent to the PGS using your information for the purposes of the Parish Giving Scheme.

Why can’t our parish offer direct debit?

Direct Debiting is a highly regulated system, and is only offered by Banks for established businesses or organisations who are considered financially sound and reputable with proven internal control systems. Will our parish be charged for this scheme? There is no direct charge to us for using the Parish Giving Scheme or processing your donation. The annual running cost of the scheme is met by our diocese.

Why am I donating to the PGS?

In order to claim Gift Aid and manage the donation on behalf of our parish, it is necessary that your donation is legally given to the PGS who are handling all the administration on our behalf. The donation is restricted to our parish and cannot be used by the PGS for any other purposes.

Can I choose the day my gift is collected?

Unfortunately not. In minimising costs it is important that all donations are collected on the same day each month, which has been agreed as the 1st. What rate of inflation will be used? Retail Prices Index (RPI) will be used as an independent and well-known measure. The scheme will increase all relevant gifts using the rate for January of that year (if this rate is unavailable the rate for the previous January will be used for consistency).

What if I say yes to an inflationary increase, but my circumstances change?

We fully understand that circumstances can change; please rest assured that you will be written to 30 days in advance of any increase with the revised amount. If you are unable to meet it simply let us know.

 

Hardship Fund

Struggling financially? Perhaps you are, or know someone who is.

We aim to offer a listening service and practical help where possible.

Please get in touch with Sandy Christie (Vicar) ar.christie@outlook.com Carolyn Watkins (Pastoral Minister) carolyn@se3.org.uk or Stephen Hingston (Treasurer) sthingston@hotmail.com. 

Messages can be left at the church office (020 8852 1205).     

In 2020 St Michael’s set up a Hardship Fund, when we began to receive gifts from those wanting to help others suffering financially as a result of the Covid pandemic. Beneficiaries of grants from the Hardship Fund should live within the parish or be members of the church community.