Proper financial management not only provides for the daily running of the church but is essential for securing its long-term survival. Successful stewardship not only provides for the maintenance of the fabric of the church but ensures that we are able to continue with Christ's work through our outreach and charitable giving.
Our financial affairs are overseen by our Treasurer, Mr Colin Moore and an Annual Report and Accounts is produced having been audited by an independent external examiner.
It is time to replace our under-powered 1843 drawing room pipe organ (seen here) with either a good digital organ or a new pipe organ to be built by a local organ builder. This will enable us to enlarge the vestry space behind it. We have some money already but need to raise about £20,000 more through the generosity of the people of Groombridge.
If you would like to donate towards this appeal, please pick up a form in church and use the Gift Aid scheme if you can. We welcome gifts both great and small, and thank you for your interest.
If you would like to support Christ’s mission in our parish on a regular basis the most efficient method is to join the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS).
The Church of England offers a Christian presence in every community, seeking to be at the heart of all our cities, towns and villages; by serving our communities; by sharing our faith and values; by worshipping together and by our wonderful buildings. This valuable contribution to our community has a cost, which is largely met by personal donations. For the Church to survive and grow, we rely on regular donations so that we can plan confidently for the future.
‘Money’ dominates too many agendas in our Church. We need to tackle this problem head-
What’s the advantage?
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st century solution to offset one of the greatest problems of local church income – ‘static’ giving. Donations made through PGS use a Direct Debit. This can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. The full donations – plus any associated Gift Aid – come straight back to St Thomas'church, thus saving a lot of administrative time at local level.
If you tick the ‘inflation option’, your giving is automatically adjusted each year. So it becomes ‘inflation proofed’, which in the long run will make a huge difference to local church finances. PGS also makes life easier for your local church’s administration team, and improves their cashflow. This will free up their energies to focus on other important church priorities and not be so worried about money.
The PGS makes it easy for you to agree, in principle, to increase your donation in line with inflation each year. Just tick the box when you get the form. You can be reassured that, if your circumstances change, it is easy to decline the increase when the annual inflationary letter arrives.
To join the scheme or find out further details, simply talk to our treasurer Colin Moore or contact the vicar.
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