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Gift Aid to Malmesbury AbbeyThanks for thinking about giving to the ministry of Malmesbury Abbey.

There is a lot in the Bible about money and giving, go looking, but perhaps the bottom line is provided by King David…

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things. (1Chronicles 29:11,12)

It’s all His. We are not really owners in the true sense of that word, but rather stewards of God’s gifts. And as followers of Jesus part of our stewardship is to resource the ministry of our local church.

Obviously effective ministry in a church the size the Abbey has its costs and our Church Council and Financial Oversight Committee work hard to get the balance right between resourcing our staff and local ministry, maintaining our wonderful building, giving to mission partners overseas and sustaining ministry across the Diocese of Bristol.

Recently we were struck by the great attitude displayed in the church in Macedonia in St Paul’s letter to the Romans…

I am on my way to Jerusalem in service of the saints there. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution to the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it (Romans 15:25,26)

They were pleased! It’s a pleasure to give, it’s an echo of God’s grace to us, and it’s also a pretty counter-cultural act in a material world, as King Solomon reminds us…

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? (Ecclesiastes 5:10,11)

So how can we make your life more meaningful?

GIVING TO THE WORK OF THE ABBEY  
The Church of England recommends that at least 5% of our income goes (joyfully!) to your local church -  leaving some room in our budget to give to charities, mission agencies or child sponsorship etc. The Abbey leadership corporately models these guidelines.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
This is all confidential. The Vicar and leadership no nothing of any individuals personal giving. Two people are in the loop and you can contact them directly:

Chris Jager (our Treasurer) at [email protected]
Jim Druett (our Gift Aid Secretary) at [email protected]

They’ll give you confidential advice on how to give regularly to the Abbey’s ministry. Below are some simple Q & As from Jim about gift aid and a snappy logo provided by the Inland Revenue.

SO…WHAT ABOUT GIFT AID?

If you can and do gift aid then your gift of £10 is worth £12.50.

Q: Can I giftaid it?

A: If you are donating as an individual who has UK income tax deducted from your pay, bank interest, pension, etc or if you pay capital gains tax you can.

Q: How much can I Gift Aid?

A: You can give as much as you want to so long as the tax reclaimed on all your gift aid payments in a tax year are no more than the tax that you pay. From April 6th, divide your total gifts by 4. This is what can be claimed.

Q: Am I making a commitment to pay a regular amount for several years?

A: No, you can give as much or as little as you want whenever you choose to do so. We would prefer a weekly or monthly donation, but you can choose to follow what God puts into your heart.

Q: What if I make a mistake?

A: Let the Gift Aid Secretary know.  He can repay the excess amount he has claimed on your gifts.

Q: How do I know if I made a mistake?

A: The Gift Aid Secretary sends a thank you to all Gift Aiders in the congregation which states how much they have gifted to the Abbey and how much tax has been reclaimed. This is done in the first 3 months of every new tax year.

Q: I pay tax at the higher rate. Can the Abbey claim that tax back too?

A: No. When you make your tax return and fill in the amount of your gifts, it will allow you the difference between the standard and higher tax rates. You can either keep this for yourself or you can gift it to the charity of your choosing by quoting the correct code on your tax return. For the Abbey, this is KAH59YG.

Q: How can I giftaidit to the Abbey on a regular basis?

  • You must fill in a Gift Aid Declaration form
  • We would prefer members of our congregation to give by standing order – this greatly assists our budgeting. It is also possible to give regularly by donation envelopes
  • If you choose to create a standing order please contact Jim Druett in total confidence at [email protected]. We can also supply undated giftaid envelopes for you to use to top up your gifts as and when you wish.
  • If you choose envelopes and want to give at least every two weeks, we would suggest weekly, dated envelopes. If you wish to give less than 26 times a year we can supply undated envelopes in quantities to suit you.
  • We also have brown envelopes for visitors, but also for anyone else who wishes to gift aid a donation, near the Abbey entrance on the donation box. You can use one of these in the collection so long as you fill in your details, place your gift inside the envelope and seal it.

Q: Surely the government doesn’t want to lose taxation revenue?

A: The government recognises the work that charities do and gift aiding is one way they chose to help, by matching your donation. They encourage it.

Thanks for reading and reviewing your giving to Malmesbury Abbey.
 

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