All that we are and all that we have are His.
It can be helpful to bear in mind some practical guidelines when considering Christian giving:
- Christian giving should be regular and proportionate to our regular income (1 Corinthians 16:21-3). Paul commends systematic giving and talks of setting aside money ‘on the first day of the week’.
- Many Christians adopt the Old Testament principle of a tithe as a benchmark for their own giving (see, for example, Malachi 3:10). This means setting aside 10% of household income for the Lord’s work. This is not a rule, but many find it a helpful guideline.
- Giving of the first fruits (Proverbs 3:9) challenges our priorities on how we use non-regular income, such as bonuses and inheritances.
Ways of Giving
The mission of St Marks Church is largely funded from the church membership’s regular giving.
Ways to give include regular giving as well as one off payments from bonuses, gifts, spare capital, inheritances and legacies:
If you would like to make a legacy to St Mark’s Church, giving in this way could reduce your Inheritance Tax by 40% on the amount of the gift.
Charities like St Mark’s Church are able to reclaim basic rate tax on all donations we receive from you if you are a UK taxpayer. For every £100 you give us using this scheme, we can claim back another £28.20 from the Government, at no cost to you. If you pay UK tax please download and return a Gift Aid Declaration to one of the Church Wardens.
The most effective means to give to St Mark’s Church is via a standing order payment. Standing orders can be set up for monthly, quarterly or annual payments. All you need to do to give in this way, is fill in our Banker’s Order Form, sign it and return it to one of the Church Wardens. If appropriate please also complete the gift aid form. We will do the rest – recording it, sending it to your bank and claiming any tax relief due under Gift Aid.
If you have any question regarding this web page or Giving in general, please contact Rupert through the Church Office or by email. Any information shared will be in strictest confidence.
- As Paul wrote: “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7)
- Our giving is a measure of how much God’s love for us in Christ is mirrored in our love for Him (Mark 10:21).
- “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)