How is the Church financed?

How are churches funded? This little video explains a bit about what the Diocese does, how we're funded, and why!

Diocesan Video


THE PARISH GIVING SCHEME

What will you give this next year to support the lives of our Churches at Minchinhampton and Box?

If you give already, THANK YOU. Your time, your skills, your giving and your fellowship matter.

169 of us give of our income on a regular basis.

What we give pays for the life of our church and means that the buildings are available to everyone whenever anyone wants to use them. Many enter the buildings to celebrate life changing events such as Christenings and weddings or to say thank you for the life of a loved one. Many worship regularly while others come for the great Christian festivals of Easter and Christmas. The important thing is that the church is there, properly managed and led, and is available to everyone.

The cost of the life in our churches is now over £160,000 per year or £3,000 per week. That’s about £1,000 per regular contributor. In October we will make our individual pledges for this next year. Pledges help our churches to budget and to plan the use of resources effectively.

To enable our church life to continue next year without cuts in facilities I shall have to give more.

I don’t know what you give. I don’t want to know. I appreciate that many, on fixed incomes or pensions, give as much as they can afford already. But if you can afford to up your giving at least in line with any increase in your annual income how about increasing your pledge to give for the next 12 months?

If you do pledge, do you at least adjust to take account of increases in prices? I was surprised to learn how few of us do this.

Most, who give, do so through a monthly direct payment into the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Pat Swift, our Recorder, would be delighted to help you adjust yours or to set one up. It’s just as easy as setting up other direct monthly payments (E.g. Energy Usage, memberships, council tax) and just like those you can stop payments at any time.

Tim Mowat - Chairman, Stewardship Committee:
1-2 Market Square, Minchinhampton GL6 9BW Tel :01453-883369

Pat Swift – Recorder:
Forwood House, Minchinhampton, GL6 9AB Tel:01453-885231

 


Legacy - The Past and the Future

THE PAST

Our churches have a rich heritage. In Minchinhampton, Holy Trinity dates back to the twelfth century. It has shared the horrors of the Black Death (no fewer than four of our 50 Rectors held office in that terrible year of 1349), survived the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries. A Victorian reordering in 1842 effectively rebuilt the church. There have been many improvements since then, all funded by the generosity of parishioners. The organ is a typical example: built in 1887, enlarged in 1922 and 1937, refurbished in 1969, and a complete overhaul in 1984. Without legacies received, this could not have been accomplished.

St Barnabas Church in Box also has a special history. The current Arts and Crafts building – purportedly the first to be built after WW2 – replaced the corrugated iron Mission Church of the 1800s, thanks to the donations given on a special Gift Aid Day in 1951, when the Rector, Canon Rex Hodson, sat in church until there was enough for building work to begin!

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