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!

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Pledging support the lives of our Churches at Minchinhampton and Box

If you give already, THANK YOU. Over 190 of us contribute on a regular monthly basis. What you give pays for the life of our church which means that the buildings are available to the whole parish whenever anyone wants to use them. The revitalised nave of Holy Trinity. Minchinhampton can be adapted to any layout, and has the largest indoor open space in the Parish. Most parishioners will have entered the buildings to celebrate new births or the marriages of family and friends or to say thank you for the life of a loved one. Many come to the celebrations of other festivals at Easter, Christmas, as well as regularly throughout the year.

In October we make individual pledges for this next year. Pledges help the churches to budget and to plan the use of resources effectively. Last year we pledged £116,000+. That’s over £600 per pledgemaker. By comparison in other dioceses parishioners pledged £665 in Chelmsford, £706 in Winchester, and £785 in Liverpool.

If you don’t give yet, how about making a pledge to give for the next 12 months?

If you do pledge, have you adjusted to take account of increases in prices?
Most of those 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 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 if you need to.

Our Parish’s church life costs over £3,000 a week—over £160,000 a year for our churches to provide what they do and to contribute to needs elsewhere.

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



Stewardship Sunday is on the 7th October. Last month’s magazine con-tained two excellent articles about fundraising in the church. The first, by Tim Mowat, concentrated on Stewardship, that is our annual fundraising campaign, without which our church would not be able to function. The second, by Jim Harris, reflected on the wonderful progress of the 6P’s campaign, which has done so much to improve the fabric and flexibility of our church. While we must still maintain the momentum in order to fulfil our 6P dreams, this article is going to concentrate on Stewardship.

As Tim’s article emphasised, a successful Stewardship programme is vital in order to maintain the work and, indeed, the very existence of our church. We need this money not only to cover everyday costs (utility bills, insurance, maintenance of our fabric and churchyard etc) but also the cost of our clergy (expenses, housing, training and the Rector’s salary which can be referred to as a “stipend”). During a vacancy the Diocese still collects our Parish Share but obviously benefits from the fact that they do not have to pay or house a Rector. Minchinhampton survives because we have a wonderful team of retired clergy all orchestrated by Sandy, our Associate Priest who is also non-stipendiary, that is, she, like all our “retired” clergy, is not paid a salary. In other words they give us a labour of love - such is the measure of their “calling”.

Tim’s article pointed out that while our Stewardship raised a magnificent £116,000+ last year, others do better. And as our churches (Minchinhampton andBox) cost £160,000 a year to run,there is anobvious shortfall. Some of this is met by the fees received for weddings and funerals. The latter are constant but the former are, happily, growing. In addition we expect more income from greater use of our re-ordered, flexible church building. But the shortfall is still there which means that the PCC will be very grateful for new Stewardship contributors and it is also hoped that regular givers, if they can afford it, might increase their donations. It is vital that we increase our income.
Peter Lapping

Legacy - The Past and the Future


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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