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From the Treasurer: An Appeal

As you all know, the church is now closed until further notice, due to the Covid–19 coronavirus.

However, some of you may not realise that all the costs to run our beautiful church will continue. We have already been informed that our share of the diocese costs will continue, and in 2019 these costs represented almost 55% of our total annual expenditure.

Also the pastoral ministry will continue with all its associated costs.

Wedding income will be postponed albeit not cancelled at the moment.

It is even more important that all those who donate to the church continue to do so. The majority pay by standing order directly into the church’s bank account. May I urge all of you to continue these standing orders, and if at all possible, review them and increase them, as the church in 2019 had slightly higher expenses than income which led to a small deficit.

Those who donate by the gift aided blue envelopes, can I suggest:

  • If this does not appeal, then please can you place your donation into your weekly envelope and keep them all until Sunday services re-commence.
  • Those who donate by placing actual cash on the plate, please can you consider changing to a standing order arrangement as detailed above, or put an amount aside every week, ready to give once the church services re-commence.
  • Finally you can also donate at the top of the page you’re reading now, where you can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account for this. You’ll be given the option of adding Gift Aid after you’ve made a donation.

What we cannot afford is for our regular churchgoers to give nothing during this closed period, as this could lead to us having a more substantial deficit at the end of 2020.

I realise that during these terrible, difficult times the last thing you all want to consider is continuing to give out money, but I hope you can understand the reason for my appeal.

May God Bless you and your families, and keep you all safe and healthy.

Allan Webster
Treasurer
28 March 2020


To Make a Specific Donation for the Vestry@50 Project to Build The Thomas Field Hall…

Please see the Vestry@50 – The Thomas Field Hall page, and the specific Gift Aid Donation Leaflet that’s downloadable from that page.

Or Read On for More…

Please consider making a donation to Little Gaddesden Church. The church has substantial, and increasing, outgoings — some of which you might not expect. And you may also not know that the church is almost entirely reliant on its congregation, its parishioners and its wider circle of well-wishers for meeting its everyday expenses. Previous generations have given generously, so that the church is here for all of us today. Now it’s our turn: please likewise give generously so that the church will still be here tomorrow.

Why Donate?

In a nutshell, because it is donations that keep the church going. Many people give their time and their skills generously to us. But even after all those gifts in kind have been gratefully received and taken into account, we still need to find a substantial sum to cover running expenses. At the moment, that sum is around £70,000 annually. The figure changes from year to year, but the trend is always upwards.

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Why so much? Well, around half of our annual costs is something called the ‘parish share’. This is money that is paid by parishes to their diocese, in our case the Diocese of St Albans. In turn, the diocese provides and pays for parish clergy and other support. The remainder of our outgoings go to the running of the church and churchyard. Some of these expenses, such as insurance and utility bills, will be wearily familiar to any householder. Others result from us being custodians of an old and special building. For example, we have recently had to pay around £3,000 for specialist masons to repair the stonework in one of the church’s windows.

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So where does the money for our running costs come from? In a word: from donations. Whether they’re weekly offerings in the collection, monthly payments from our regular donors, generous one-off gifts or legacies, these very welcome donations go towards keeping the church going. We don’t receive cash from the diocese or from the Church of England. We don’t receive money from government, apart from the Gift Aid that we’re able to claim on qualifying donations. And while we gratefully receive a grant from the Parish Council towards the cost of churchyard upkeep, that covers about one fifth of the actual costs involved.

So if you wish the church well, would you please consider supporting us? Regular gifts are particularly welcome, because our expenses never stop. Even small regular gifts aggregate nicely, especially with Gift Aid.

How to Donate

There are a number of ways in which you can give to Little Gaddesden Church:

  • You could make a one-off donation.
    • For a quick donation, how about using the PayPal button above?
    • Or, for a more substantial donation, please consider making a payment via your bank’s online banking facility, as explained below.
  • You could set up a regular gift by standing order.
  • You could give money to the collection each week, by envelope or just cash.

And, for the future:

  • You could consider leaving a legacy.

Legacies

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If you would be interested in receiving information about leaving a gift to the church in your will, please speak to Vanessa Connor (Tel: 01442 843274 Email: accounts@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk)

Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence from HMRC, helping your donation go further. This means that £100 can be turned into £125, just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn’t cost you a thing. So if you want your donation to go further, Gift Aid it. It’s that simple. And if you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim back the difference between basic rate and higher rate or additional rate tax.

Set Up One-Off and Regular Donations Online:

Log on to your own online banking or open your bank’s mobile banking app and use the following details. They’re all that your bank should need to make a payment or to set up a standing order.

Sort code: 30-94-08
Account no.: 00296015
Account holder: Little Gaddesden PCC
Reference: [your name]

If you donate online, please

Email Vanessa Connor

to advise her of the payment(s), and so that we can thank you. If you can Gift Aid your donation, please include this text in your email:

Text for Gift Aid Declaration:

I want to Gift Aid the donation I have just made online (£[amount]) to the Parochial Church Council of Little Gaddesden for Little Gaddesden Parish Church.

I also want to Gift Aid any donations to the Parochial Church Council of Little Gaddesden I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

You can delete the middle paragraph of the above text if it is inapplicable.

Please notify us by email if you:

  • want to cancel this declaration
  • change your name or home address
  • no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

Send a Donation or Set Up a Standing Order by Post

For a one-off donation by post, please send a cheque payable to Little Gaddesden PCC to Vanessa Connor, Little Gaddesden Church Accounts, 1 Beaney Cottage, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted HP4 1PE. Please say who the gift is from. And, if you can, please Gift Aid it by including the wording of the Gift Aid declaration above.

To set up a standing order by post:

Download the Planned Giving form

print it out, fill it in, and send it to Vanessa Connor at the above address (also given on the form).

To save a local copy of the leaflet to your computer, right-click on the link and select save file (PC), or download (Mac). Left-clicking will open the form in your browser, from where it can be printed or viewed directly.

Whichever way you choose to give, thank you for your donation.