Giving to the church
Although the Church of England still has the pastoral responsibilities of a state church, and is actively engaged with the life of the whole community and not just with active churchgoers, it is not state-subsidised. Each parish church has to maintain its own buildings, and pay its own running costs. In addition, each parish makes a contribution to a diocesan Common Fund, which pays for the stipends and pensions of all the diocesan clergy, and serves as a means by which richer parishes can subsidise the work of those that are working in deprived parts of the diocese. This enables the parish churches of the diocese to serve all the people of London, and not just those that can afford “a vicar of their own”.
Our income stream from lettings makes a significant contribution to the upkeep and development of the buildings, but we are still wholly reliant on the congregation for the ordinary running costs of the church. There are four ways in which you can make a difference week-by-week or month-by- month. They are listed in order of helpfulness from the church’s point of view.
Ways of giving
 Many members of the congregation pledge a certain amount of giving, and give by monthly standing order. If you are a UK taxpayer, this giving can also be gift-aided (see below). All the necessary paperwork is obtainable from the Parish Office. Once set up, the system works automatically: there is no need for your money to be collected, counted up, and cashed each week.
 You can put cash or cheques into the Gift Aid envelopes that are left out in the pews at all services. We are still able to recover tax on your gift, but we are unable to include your giving when we draw up our budget – because we don’t knowing it’s coming if it isn’t pledged!
 You can put cash or cheques directly into the collection plate or can make a cashless donation using a credit or debit card using our digital collection plate at the back of the church. You can also set up for cashless donations to be gift aided using the digital collection plate; we would recommend doing this when the Church is not busy.
Who to contact
Stephen Jones (Treasurer), and Shelley Quaile (Planned Giving Secretary) would be very pleased to give you further details of ways of giving, and can be reached through the Parish Office (020 7586 3864, or by email). It is a tradition that the clergy should not know too much about who is contributing how much to the running of the church, and so the administration of these schemes is wholly in the hands of lay people!
It is also possible to sponsor the choir, or a special display of Sunday flowers, to celebrate an important occasion or the memory of a loved one. Again, someone from the Parish Office will gladly discuss this with anyone who is interested, and put you in touch with the Director of Music or the Flower Co-ordinator. You can also of course speak directly to one of the clergy, whose details are on the contact page.