Regular Giving at Trinity
Regular giving is the main source of income at Trinity and it is vital to enable the work of our church to continue. Regular giving to the church can be through the weekly envelope scheme or by standing orders.
The Church Treasurer is always available to discuss the church finances and give more information about the envelope scheme, standing orders and gift aid.
Last year regular giving to the church amounted to about £60,000. Gift Aid brought in a further £14,000. We had £11,000 income from the use of our building.
Our largest expenditure is the circuit assessment which pays for our minister, the manse, work of the circuit, district and the connexion (i.e. being a Methodist Church). The amount we pay is based mainly on the number of members in our church (171 for Trinity), and will be £61,200 this year. This amounts to £358 per member or just under £7 per week. This is what it takes for us to stay open as a church. Other costs including the upkeep of our building, publicity and outreach has to be found on top of the circuit assessment.
This year we have had an appeal for more giving to the church, where we emphasised the costs associated with Trinity.
For instance -
The circuit assessment costs about £7 per member per week.
An extra £1.10 a week from each member would bring in a much needed £10,000, with any gift aid on top of that.
Please think and pray about how you can help the work at Trinity. We are not like a golf club, there is no membership fee, and you are not required to be a church member to be a regular giver. And most importantly, we want each person to consider what they can afford to give for the work of Trinity Church.