St Thomas’s, like any other large organisation, needs to be properly financed. Most of the church’s funding has to be raised from its members and the local community each year so that the costs of running the church can be fully met.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has full responsibility for all the decisions about the income and expenditure of the church. Our Treasurer acts on behalf of the PCC and ensures that our day to day finances are kept in order and our financial obligations are met.
How to give
The gift collection plate is circulated in Sunday services during the Offertory Hymn. We are then able to bring those gifts forward at an important moment in our service when we express our thanksgiving for all that God has given us. It is additionally helpful when gifts are made by standing order through bank accounts.
We invite those that are committed to St Thomas’s to ask God to lead them in their financial giving as a response to God’s love. The Bible urges us to give from the heart and to be generous and sacrificial. Some people find the principle of the ‘tithe’ helpful – setting aside a tenth of our net income for the work of God. Christian stewardship is about considering our personal circumstances and responsibilities before God, in prayer, and giving accordingly.
We are most grateful for all financial gifts, which enable us to further God’s mission and ministry in the world and to bring the Good News of God’s love to all, through His church.
PARISH GIVING SCHEME
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a secure and simple way of giving to Hampsthwaite St Thomas Becket on a regular monthly basis (or quarterly or annually if you prefer). It works by making a Direct Debit from your bank account on the 1st of the month, which is credited to our parish bank account by the 10th of the month. If eligible, you can opt to add Gift Aid and PGS claims this on our behalf, passing it back to Hampsthwaite St Thomas Becket which benefits our cash flow.
- The simplest way is online. Visit https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/hampsthwaite-st-thomas-becket-hg3-2hb/ or scan the QR code
- By phone: 0333 002 1271, Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
- By post using the application form available in church
You will need your bank details to set up the Direct Debit and, for phone or postal applications, Hampsthwaite St Thomas Becket’s unique parish code 460646277
We are blessed with a number of people who have a real heart for fundraising, upon which we rely enormously for part of our income.
We always have several fundraising events being planned at any one time and support for all our fundraising events is a great way for members of our congregation (and others….friends, neighbours, relations and colleagues) to engage in something specific and targeted to both our immediate and long-term needs.
Our planned fundraising events this year included the annual Open Gardens in Hampsthwaite village, which is growing in popularity year on year.
Please let the Churchwarden know if you have any other bright ideas for possible events – you are very welcome to take the initiative on your idea and we will do our best to support you in whatever way we can.
Thank you for all you do to support us.