If we are to run our household efficiently and have enough money to cover our essential outgoings it is really important that we know how much we have coming in each month, and how much we have to spend. If we know that we will be paid at the end of the month we will know whether we can buy the pair of shoes we’ve been looking at, or take the kids to the cinema, or have the car serviced.
Churches are similar. Every month your parish has its regular housekeeping costs. It also needs to put some money away for essential building maintenance and repairs, and may be hoping to raise enough to finance an exciting new mission initiative. Click here to download a useful finance heathcheck tool.
If your church has to rely on whatever is put in the collection plate each week it won’t have any idea how much income is coming in, and won’t be able to do any sensible budgeting. This is where planned giving comes in. If you promise to give a certain amount each week or each month to the church, it will make the job of the treasurer much easier, and your parish will be able to plan for the future.
One way you can choose to give regularly to the church are setting up a standing order with your bank or using the envelope scheme:
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If you choose to give in this way your giving is sorted and you won’t have to think about finding money each week. This really is the easiest way to give to the church. Your treasurer will be able to supply a standing order form, and will arrange for it to be sent to the bank.
Giving by contactless card
Many people no longer carry cash and more and more transactions are made with a contactless debit or credit card. It is now possible for your church to accept donations by card. This is not a substitute for regular planned giving, but offers visitors to your church an opportunity to donate, and offers your church the ability to accept fees for occasional offices by card. For more information click here