We believe that as followers of Jesus we should give regularly, faithfully and generously out of all that God has given us. This happens when we plan our giving. All the money that we receive is used to run all that God has called us to do – supporting our day-to-day activities, local charities such as One Can Trust, Wycombe Homeless Connection and the Lighthouse children’s holiday club as well as funding work around various parts of the world.
Where does the money come from to run St. Andrew’s Church?
From us – the members of St Andrew’s! Also, as a registered charity, we can claim some of the tax paid on that money back from the Government, known as ‘Gift Aid’ – so if you are planning to give and you are a UK tax payer (Income or Capital Gains Tax), please fill in a Gift Aid Declaration form if you haven’t done so already. We do also hire out the building however this money goes towards the cost of the staff that look after the premises. Occasionally, some specific gifts are received from Trusts or other donors and these are spent on the purpose for which they were given. Some of the activities we do are self-funding e.g. Toddler Group.
What happens to the money I give?
Most of the money that the church raises is spent on salaries and running/maintaining the large church building – the pie-chart outlines how our money will be spent in 2012. If you wish to know more detail, please contact the Finance Team who can provide a more detailed breakdown of the figures. The St. Andrew’s accounts are examined by an external auditor each year and copies of the annual accounts can be made available on request.
Our Commitment as a church
As of October 2008, St. Andrew’s (along with many other UK Anglican churches) was required to register with the Charities Commission as a charity in its own right. This confirms our status as a fully regulated, ‘not for profit’ organisation. In other words, all money that the church raises is put towards good works locally and further a-field, or to support our day-to-day activities. The church is completely self-dependent through fund-raising and its own commercial activities, so if you are considering making a gift (whether regular or one-off), please be assured that we will use your money wisely and carefully.
Simon Dust (Vicar)
19th February 2012