It costs around £10,000 each month to sustain our parish! That money pays for our clergy and staff, the care of our buildings and grounds, and the development of our various ministries. As a registered charity (Charity Number XN45475) we appreciate all the financial support that we can get! You can support us in many ways: through regular offerings, and one-off donations, and by leaving us something in your will, and even by shopping online!
It is both a duty and a privilege for members of the Christian Church to support their local parish financially, enabling worship and activities to continue into the future. God has given so freely to us, and so in response, we should be generous to the Church, rather than giving a little of whatever we have left over at the end of the month. Although we do not stipulate how much you should give, we do suggest that you give in proportion to your income, bearing in mind the cost of other aspects of your life.
Whether or not you worship in St Peter’s, if you are would like to contribute financially to the parish on a regular basis, then there are two ways to do so. Firstly, you can set up a standing order with your bank. Secondly, you can use Free Will Offering envelopes. Either way please speak to the Rector, who will put you in touch with Mr Noel Beattie, our Free Will Offering Secretary.
If you are a UK tax-payer then filling in a Gift Aid declaration increases the value of your donation by allowing us to reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. In fact, if you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations, and if you claim higher Personal Allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement.
For more information about Gift Aid, see the website of HM Revenue & Customs or to sign a Gift Aid declaration form please contact the Rector.
Many people like to give a thank-offering to the church in memory of a loved one who was baptised, married or buried from St Peter’s. Others like to contribute to the parish because of a family connection, or simply to show their support for our traditional style of Anglican worship. Whatever the reason may be, we are always grateful for such donations! The simplest way to donate is by sending us a cheque made payable to “Parish of St Peter and St James, Belfast”. This should be posted to the Honorary Treasurer, St Peter’s Parish Office, Fortwilliam Drive, Belfast, BT15 4EB.
If you are a UK tax-payer then filling in a Gift Aid declaration increases the value of your donation by allowing us to reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. In fact, if you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations, and if you claim higher Personal Allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement. For more information about Gift Aid, see the website of HM Revenue & Customs. If you are sending a cheque and would like to increase its value using Gift Aid, please include a note with the following information: your full name, your address, the name of the charity (St Peter & St James, Belfast), the amount that you are donating, and please state that this amount is “a Gift Aid donation”. Alternately you can contact the Rector and he will issue you with a form.
As an alternative to sending a cheque, you can make a donation online using PayPal. Simply click on the donate button below! PayPal is a safe way to make financial transactions online. Click here for more information on how it works.
If you would like to bequeath a contribution to the parish in your last will and testament, then please contact your solicitor. The legal name of our parish is “The Parish of St Peter & St James, Belfast” and this should be explicitly stated in your will.
This is something that each of us should consider doing sooner rather than later. As Jesus said, if we knew when the burglar was come, we would make sure to lock up our house! Unfortunately we can never tell what is around the corner for us, and so it is best to make plans for the future whilst we still have the time.
Such a legacy can be used for the general purposes of the parish. This is perhaps the best thing to do, as it enables the Select Vestry to use funds where they are most needed. Alternatively you may specify how you want your money to be used: perhaps taking care of our buildings, or to secure the traditional choral music of our church, or to fund various expressions of ministry, such as youth work or helping the poor in our society.
If you shop online then you can use Easyfundraising to raise funds for our parish. Easyfundraising has already raised over £7 million for over 55,000 good causes across the UK.
Over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend online to our parish to say thank you for shopping with them. It costs you absolutely nothing, and it can generate a lot of income for us, particularly insurance and mobile phones!
Just visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stpjbelfast and follow the simple steps to sign up.
If you shop online using Amazon, they will donate using their Smiles project.