Ways of giving
At St John’s using our time and talents in God’s service has always played a key role in church life and stewardship. Everyone has a skill they can offer. Everyone is a valuable part of the body of Christ. Check out 1 Corinthians 12:4-31.
Volunteers still desired to join the sacristy rota. Please speak to Anne Ireland or Chris Williams to find out what this entails.
New recruits for the Fabric Committee
New recruits for the Outreach Committee
... to further the ongoing vision target: “Find appropriate ways to share the love of God and good news of the gospel with those on the fringe or outside of the church”. Speak to the Vicar or Rev David Ramsbottom.
Pathfinder Leaders Required
Would you be interested in getting involved in the work that we do with Pathfinders? Any involvement - whether it be supporting occasional social activities, weekly meetings or taking a more active role – would be welcomed by the current leadership team. Please contact us if you would like to find out more. Tracy Perrett and David Rance.
Help Urgently Needed-Cleaning
Sunday School Teachers
Sunday School needs more teachers. Your Sunday School needs YOU. Do you enjoy working with kids? Are you looking for a new challenge? Fancy a chance to nurture our children in their Christian
Minus Fives! Team member required.
Do you have love of children and all things crafty? Are you free Wednesday mornings to help with our ever growing toddler group?
Your role includes
- Meeting to plan the sessions
- Helping source and prepare the materials and equipment
- Welcoming families and chatting to them
- Clearing up afterwards as much as possible
- A positive, cooperative, helpful, loving, forgiving attitude to team and families
Please contact Maggie Woodage for more information 467503
Recently we have lost senior servers and in the New Year there will be another gap for a couple of months.
If you feel you would like to contribute to our worship in this way either on an occasional or temporary basis please contact either Chris Williams or Lisa.
Maybe an opportunity for members of our Welcome Team when not on their monthly tour of duty.
The particular request is for our Sunday 10am Eucharist but a quieter 8.am said service may also appeal.
As members of the Church here in Crowthorne we all have our part to play, both spiritual and practical, to sustain our Church family and to be a resource for the village of Crowthorne. We share our time, talents and money in God’s service.
Please consider, after a time for thought and prayer to ask for God’s guidance to make the right decision:-
Becoming a voting member of the church-----sign and return an electoral roll application.
This will enable you to vote for your representative on any of the synodical councils of the Church---the Parochial Church Council, the Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and the General Synod. You could stand for election to any of these bodies yourself to influence decision making for every aspect of church life. Click here if you would like to complete an Electoral Roll Application Form.
Becoming a planned giver--------------------------complete a standing order form for your bank or building society
It is important to give regularly and faithfully for the church to receive consistent income throughout the year. In the Old Testament a provision was made of a tithe of one tenth of income as a thanksgiving for God’s continued blessing of his people. The Church of England encourages its members to give 5% to their church and 5% to other causes such as mission and charities. Click here to see a flowchart of different ways to give to the Church, or click here to open a Standing Order Form.
Becoming a tax efficient giver---------------------complete a Gift Aid Declaration form.
Gift Aid is the method in which the Government helps charities and churches by refunding the tax paid on money given to them. This means that for every £10 the church gets an extra £2.50, at no extra cost to the giver, by reclaiming the tax. You must have paid sufficient tax (on income or investment) to cover your donation. Click here to open a list of answers to common Gift Aid questions. Click here to open a Gift aid declaration form.
For many people these are very difficult times but hopefully you will feel able to respond favourably. It will be exciting to see what a difference your contribution makes to St John’s Church and its mission.
A legacy can make a real difference to the life of our Church. A gift in your Will can help the Church to carry out its vital work day after day. If you want to, you can channel your gift to community outreach project, to maintenance of the church fabric, to youth work or music or to any other aspect of church life that matters to you. Many Christians give regularly and proportionately from their income. Why not give proportionately from your estate too? Leaving a gift in your Will is tax efficient and can reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay.
Making a Will and including a gift to our Church in it or a Codicil to include a straightforward gift, if you have already written your Will, can be a simple process. Information on how to do it is provided on Church Legacy and Wills Information Line 08445 870875 or visit www.churchlegacy.co.uk/wills.htm or pick up a leaflet from our Church foyer.>
Gift Aid Tax Recovery is changing.
On 6th April 2011, all charities lost the 'Transitional Relief' that has enabled us to reclaim tax of 28p for very £1 given. This means that the value of your giving will fall by 3p for every £1 of Gift Aid giving.
What can you do?
If you wish the value of your giving to remain the same you will need to consider increasing your standing order or numbered or white envelope giving, by at least 3p for every £1 you give
Your current giving New giving
Please take action as soon as possible, if you are able, to help are church make up this impending shortfall, which will amount to around £1,700 annually. Thank you.>