Giving - supporting the life of St Lawrence's and helping us to help others
Inspired by the example of the 4th century saint that the church is named after, our vision as disciples of Jesus Christ is to see God's love and generosity shared with the community that surrounds us.
Our strapline gives a very direct account of our focus:
'The people of Eastcote are the treasure of God's church'
Our mission is currently hampered by a church building that needs renewal. The heating has been condemned and the electrics are at the point of failing.
We need to refresh the church building with new heating, lighting, electrics - and with a sound and display system which will serve those who worship in the church, but also make it fit for use by the wider community too.
That sounds expensive....?
Church buildings are used by the public and so need the services of professionals in order to have new infrastructure installed - and yes, that makes it expensive.
We have plans for relatively simple systems, but they come at a price. We estimate the works will cost in the region of £365,000.
Thanks to the generosity of benefactors who were committed members of St Lawrences and left money to church, we have £165,000 in reserves.
That leaves us having to secure £200,000 until we can proceed with the work that needs to be done.
These are uncertain times - can this wait?
Costs are rising for everyone at the moment. Inflation has increased significantly as various factors raise the cost of living.
However with the trauma of the COVID19 pandemic, many have been taking stock and re-evaluating their priorities in life. This is a good time to seek a balance in life and make some choices. Christian tradition has wisdom to share on seeking a balance in life - advocating simplicity and the life shared as part of a community. Experience of lockdown has taught us the importance of these things.
So is a church building the right priority?
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 2021. Most of the parish costs have continued: maintenance costs, water, sewerage and administration costs.
However, without a church building that is comfortable to use, we can't enjoy our core purpose which energises us for everything else we do: our worship. And without heating, lighting and sound and display systems, the local community will not have a space to meet in either.
Ways of giving....
1. Parish Giving Scheme
This is our preferred way of giving for those who support St Lawrence's with regular donations.
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is an established service for managing Direct Debit donations, providing a simple and secure way for St. Lawrence to receive regular donations to fund our mission and ministry.
Ways to register -
Use your smart phone or tablet to scan the QR code below.
By telephone: 0333 002 1271 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
To set up a standing order:
The easiest way to set up a Standing Order 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.
3. Cheques and Direct Money Transfer
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;
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
Start your own fundraising initiative
If you'd like to organise an event - such as a sponsored activity - or set up crowdfunding for something at St Lawrence's, let us know. You can use the parish's JustGiving page to collect money. Gift Aid will automatically be collected, adding an extra 25% to donations.
The link is here: St Lawrence's JustGiving account
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.