We value your support!

St Batholomew's Crewkerne and its associated benefice parish churches rely entirely on individual donations and we are extremely grateful for all who contribute to our running costs. 

There are a number of ways to contribute:

 

Set up either a monthly gift to support St Bartholomews Church Crewkerne or make a one off donation by clicking the buttons below.

  • There are boxes for donation within the church, and we would encourage you to use and complete the envelopes if you are a taxpayer as we are able to claim gift aid on your contribution at the current base tax rate.
     

  • If you prefer to donate directly using your online banking please use the following details.
    Sort Code: 60-06-24
    Account Number: 81723806 
    Name: Crewkerne Parochial Church Council 

 

  • If you are eligible and haven’t previously completed a Gift Aid Slip there is one attached below which can be sent to the Church Office.

  • A Standing Order Form for you to make regular payments through your bank or to revise your existing giving. Please note that you can use the form to make your gift monthly, quarterly or yearly – whichever suits you best – and of course it can be cancelled at any time. Please do not send this direct to your bank. Please return it to the Church Office and we will do all that is necessary.

 

Download paper versions to fill in for regular monthly contribution to the St Batholomew’s Crewkerne  Church Share below. 

What price our faith?

Why should I give to the church?


We give because God has given us the freedom to know Him and His love and to receive forgiveness for all that is wrong in our lives, through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a free gift – we do not have to earn it, we just need to receive it. “I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.” (John 10, 10) “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? “ (Romans 8, 33) What can we give Him in response to this amazing gift? What can we withhold? We are God’s children. We are the Church. In response to these truths, God’s people built St Bartholomew’s Church as a place in which to meet and worship Him and to give glory for His generosity. This lovely building is a testimony to the faith of His people over the generations, and we are called to recognise this, and give our time and money for it to be a witness to his love for future generations.




Why does the church need money?


Parish churches receive no funding from the state, nor from the diocese nor from the Church of England. All the expenses involved – ministry, worship, charitable giving, maintenance of the building, insurance, heating, lighting, everything – have to be paid for locally, but donations and regular giving have struggled to keep up.




How does the church pay for maintenance and restoration?


Some of our regular donations contribute to the significant cost of the necessary repairs and upkeep, and the Friends of St Bartholomew’s, who work hard fundraising, contribute to major works such as the restoration of the west window which was completed last year.




How does the church pay for the ministry?


Our largest annual cost is the Parish Share which we pay to the Diocese of Bath and Wells. This payment enables us to have a rector living and working here in this benefice. It covers clergy stipends, training, pensions and housing. None of the Parish Share is spent on the Cathedral, the Bishops, or the Diocesan staff.




Why should I review my giving?


We need regular giving to increase so that we can balance our finances and be in a better position for the future. Last year our income was £77,056 and our expenditure was £135,384, so there is a considerable shortfall. We recognise that all we have comes from God, and that our giving is a response to his generosity.




What if I already give in other ways, including my time?


We do appreciate that some people are already giving very generously, including their time and talents. Please be assured that this is valued. We would be lost without such support. We also understand that people want to give to other charities. However, financially our church depends completely on the generosity of church people, so please also bear this in mind.




How much should I give?


There are a number of ways that you might think about this. Many people find it helpful to decide on giving a proportion of their income. The biblical standard for giving to God is the tithe, 10% of one’s income. The General Synod of the Church of England recommends a half-tithe, 5%, to be given to the church. Generous giving will of course vary greatly from one person to another. Only you can decide prayerfully what is right for you.




What do I need to do next?


Please pray that our church may continue to be financially viable and able to fulfill its role in our community.

It would be extremely helpful for our future planning if you were able to commit to giving a regular monthly amount. We have a response form for you to complete and return direct to the Rector or the Church Office.

If you are setting up or changing a Standing Order, you will also need to contact your bank.

If you are interested in leaving a legacy to the church, please speak to the Rector.

Your giving is confidential. Only the accountant will know what you have decided to do.

Thank you very much for reading this and for considering your response.