Give

Why give?

We don’t tend to talk very much about money at St Brandon’s. It can be off-putting for visitors, and we never want people to feel under pressure.However, giving is an important part of Christian discipleship, and we believe in being a generous church, giving cheerfully to the needs around us. Simply put, giving is part of our community life together.

Our Stewardship of your giving

Good stewardship of people’s giving is a high priority. Our Treasurer, Geoff Knott (see Contacts), manages our accounting records and produces the Annual Accounts Reports in January each year. Following independent examination, the accounts are presented at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, normally held in April. Through regular reports from the Treasurer during the year, the Parochial Church Council monitors the financial position of the church.

Give ONLINE

If you are able to tick the Gift Aid box then BT MyDonate will collect the Gift Aid on behalf of St Brandon’s and pay it directly into St Brandon’s bank account.

Regular giving by Standing Order

Standing Order is the simplest option for giving. Income is regular and consistent and so helps with budgeting and reduces administration for our Treasurer. If you wish to give this way, please complete this Standing Order mandate and send it to our Treasurer.

Cheques and cash

Gifts can be placed in the box at the back of the church or sent to the Treasurer. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Brancepeth PCC‘.
Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer, we are able to reclaim a further 25% of the value of your gift at no cost to you. For us to be able to claim tax back on your gifts, you need to complete this Gift Aid declaration . Please send the printed, completed declaration to the Treasurer.

What happens to the money?

Your giving allows us to cover the general running costs of the heating, lighting and security of the church, as well as the costs of weekly services.Also, vitally, as part of the Church of England we contribute through Parish Share to the overall costs of ministry in the Diocese, some £10 million a year. This pays for clergy and other staff working across 300 churches, seeking to serve 1.5 million people, and supporting 56 Church Schools. Many parishes are extremely poor; we have – potentially –greater resources than most, and if we could be more generous it would help our Diocese address its current annual deficit of around £750,000.Generosity here at St Brandon’s helps to support the presence of worshipping communities in every area, the ability to offer baptisms, weddings and funerals, and schools where Christian faith shapes the ethos.Another very significant and expensive responsibility of Brancepeth Parochial Church Council is the structural maintenance of our beautiful Grade 1 Listed church building. Following the 2013 Quinquennial Report (a report which identifies fabric repair needs) work will begin soon on the restoration of the North Porch stonework and also the heavily weathered stonework in the clerestory. We have been successful in gaining support from the Heritage Lottery Fund but still have to contribute significant funds to the project.

Our income apart from giving

Following the restoration of St Brandon’s after the 1998 fire we have aimed to widen the use of the church building beyond the regular services of worship. Our volunteer Administrator hires the building for various musical events, quiet days and meetings. Not surprisingly, St Brandon’s is also increasingly popular for weddings. This generates valuable additional income.By seeking cost savings, for example, on gas and electricity and otherwise keeping costs as low as we can and by obtaining income from church hire and wedding fees we have minimised the need to draw on our reserves. However, we do rely mainly on generosity of giving.