If you are a visitor, new to St John’s or just exploring what it means to follow Jesus, you are our guest and you are welcome. We don’t expect you to pay for what you receive from us.
We hope you will encounter a God who shows his generosity and self-giving nature in everything he does: in the variety and scope of everything he has made, and in his self-giving sacrifice, saving us through the death of Jesus. So if you decide to become a regular at St John’s, you may wonder how you can become generous like him.
How can I be generous too?
St John’s is entirely self funding. Giving enables us to meet our commitments and also to maintain our church and buildings.
Generous giving involves thinking ahead and planning. We rely on regular giving to set our budget and plan ahead. It also allows you and us to take advantage of tax efficient giving schemes.
This is how you can help us. There are different forms of giving:
By Direct Debit:
Arranging a monthly direct debit via the Parish Giving Scheme is the most helpful way for us as a church, as this enables the leaders to plan for ministry development in the knowledge of a regular income. Please fill in a direct debit form using the PGS pack available from the Church Office.
If you are a UK taxpayer, there is a great benefit to the church (and at no extra cost to you) if you sign the Tax Declaration portion of the direct debit form. This enables the church to reclaim tax worth 25% on top of your gift. You need to make sure that you will have paid enough tax in the Tax Year to cover the amount that the church reclaims on your giving.
Any adjustments or changes in the amount or personal details can be made to the Parish Giving Scheme using the details in the pack.
By Giving Envelopes:
If you are a UK taxpayer and want to give either cash or cheque, please use the Gift Aid envelopes available at the back of church. Fill in all the details and, if you have not already signed a Tax Declaration (only needs to be done once), please do so on the envelope. This enables us to reclaim tax worth 25% on top of your gift. Envelopes can be placed in the offering plate on Sundays, or given to the Church Office.
By Cash or Cheque:
These can be placed in the offerings plate on Sunday or posted (cheques only) to the Church Office. Cheques should be made payable to “St John’s Church PCC”. Don’t forget to fill in a Gift Aid envelope if you are UK taxpayer.
By Give As You Earn:
This is when payments are deducted by your employer from gross salary before tax and paid to the church via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) using our Registered Charity Number of 1135824. Our church bank account is called “St John’s Church PCC” and our church treasurer is Mr Alex Thompson, St John’s Church, 7 Church Rd, Locks Heath, Southampton SO31 6LW. .
By a Legacy
Those of us in the current generation are very grateful to others who thought ahead and have gone before us leaving the church a legacy in their wills. You can make a real difference with the money you can’t take with you. Ask the church office about leaving a legacy to St John’s Church.
Sharing of Gifts
At St John’s, we believe that we should share what we have through a programme of external giving throughout the year.
Details of our External Giving can be found here.