Giving and social distancing
To take account of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, we are asking:
Those who usually give by envelope or cash into the plate in church on Sunday, to give instead by standing order or by posting a regular cheque.
Anyone whose income is stable through this period, to consider making a one off donation to help offset the churches losses through the lockdown.
In 2019, the income and expenditure at St Lawrence roughly balanced.
Just under half of the parish's money came from rentals - primarily the hall; just over half came from fundraising events and giving. Within giving, one fifth of money was given in services, through envelopes and plate collections.
From the start of March 2020, with the requirement for social distancing, public services have had to be discontinued, our hall rental has dropped to zero and plate envelope collections and fundraising events have stopped. So with the arrival of the Coronavirus, we have already lost more than half our income for a month. This is set to continue.
Why should I give now?
Social distancing has led to most people's leisure activities being curtailed, whether visits to the pub, coffee bar, restaurant or theatre, and with these, the related travel costs. At the same time, it seems that the Church has become more important to people's sense of community and well-being. We are therefore asking those who have not lost their income, to consider giving a proportion of the money they would usually spend on leisure activities, to the parish and its work.
Doesn't having the hall and church closed save money?
The biggest parish expense is the cost of having a priest and paying the wider Church for its support - just under £90,000 a year. Maintaining our buildings and paying for utilities, insurance and parish administration covered about a quarter of our expenditure in 2019. Around 20% went on salaries in the parish. The work done by our administrator and youth worker are vital to the continuing life of the parish. Most of the parish costs continue: maintenance costs, water, sewerage and administration costs.
To set up a standing order:
The easiest way to do this is via a banking app or online banking. Donors simply need to enter the parish's bank account details for regular giving (this account is only seen by the stewardship recorder):
The Parochial Church Council of Eastcote Parish No.1 Account
Sort Code: 40-11-58
Account Number: 60519642
Please phone the parish office on 0208 429 1131 or email at email@example.com and we will post you a standing order form and stamped and addressed envelope.
To download our standing order form...Click here.
Cheques and direct money transfers
Direct money transfer
To make a donation via a banking app or online banking, donors simply need to enter the general parish's bank account details:
The Parochial Church Council of Eastcote Parish No. 2 Account
Sort Code 40-11-58
Account number: 30507008
Please include a reference such as 'appeal donation' so that the transfer can be allocated against the appropriate cause.
Please post a cheque to 'The stewardship recorder' at the Parish office;
Alternatively, we will post you a stamped and addressed envelope if you phone the Parish office on 0208 429 1131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid increases any donation by 25p for every £1 given at no extra cost to you or the Church. For new and existing standing orders: if you would like St Lawrence to claim gift aid on your donations, please complete the Gift Aid declaration form and return it to 'The stewardship recorder' at the Parish office.
To download our Gift Aid Notification Form...Click here
Other ways to give money
If there is a specific project or item you would like to donate towards, or if you would like to remember St Lawrence Church in your will, please contact Fr John or the Church Treasurer. You can also donate to the church via our church JustGiving page.