Parish giving

Our church

Our giving sustains:

  • parish ministry - allowing us to visit ill people, comfort the bereaved, share the Gospel, lead worship
  • our church building - a sacred place dedicated to worship, prayer and witness

  • the work of clergy in other parishes across the diocese and the training of new clergy

  • mission both in this diocese of St Albans, and overseas - for people we will never meet but to whom we are able to give practical support.

This ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but overflows with many thanksgivings to God.2 Cor 9:12.

Our challenge

St John's needs £3,387 each week for its ministry of worship, witness, service and mission, or about £26 for each person in the congregation each Sunday.

We have very limited scope to make cost savings, so the challenge is to increase our income.

Did you know?

St John’s welcomes all members of the congregation. Whether you are worshipping with us short or long-term we encourage you to make a contribution to the life of St. John’s, spiritually, socially, practically and financially as your means allow.

St. John’s is funded almost exclusively by donations from our congregation.  We do not receive grants from the government, the diocese or the rest of the Church of England, or from other charities.

Some ways to give to St John's

Our Planned Giving scheme About 180 people and families at St John’s give regularly through the Planned Giving scheme. If you are not yet a member of the scheme and would like to join or if you would like to consider increasing the amount you give, please speak to our Parish Giving representative or fill out the form (PDF | Word). After completion, send it the Stewardship Recorder c/o the Parish Office or scan it and email it to the Stewardship Recorder.

Remember St John’s in your will Remembering St John’s in your will is one way to help ensure the future of our church for the next generation.  St John’s was blessed to receive a significant legacy more than 20 years ago, the 'Ted Ward bequest', which has funded a number of major projects we would not otherwise have been able to afford. 

Make a one-off donation? If you cannot commit to regular giving or if you wish to top up your regular giving, you can make a one-off donation. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider completing a Gift Aid envelope to enable us to reclaim some of the tax on your donation. Envelopes can be placed in the weekly collection.

Our own giving

Our policy is to give 10% of our income to charitable causes.  For 2018 the money will be divided between:

EMBRACE the Middle East
Harpenden Mencap
St Albans & District Foodbank
Harpenden Citizens Advice

In addition, we keep back 10% of our charitable funds to meet urgent needs or sudden emergencies (such as a new refugee crisis).

We also support a number of other charitable causes through special collections - eg Crisis, which we support at Christmas, and the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal - and we provide ongoing help to Christian Aid, supporting, in particular, Christian Aid week each May.

Fundraise for St John's at no cost to yourself

Many internet retailers including John Lewis, M&S and Amazon and over 2,000 others pay commission for business and St John's can receive this commission (which does not increase the cost to you).

By registering at www.easyfundraising.org.uk and then visiting there just before you shop you can help the ministry at St John's; here are some helpful hints to maximise your giving:

  • Make sure you select the Gift Aid option when registering (if this applies to you).

  • Consider downloading the special toolbar. Each time you visit a website that participates, you will be prompted to collect funds for St John's - see www.easyfundraising.org.uk/donation-reminder/.