Some Principles Of Giving
We give because God has given to us. We recognise that everything comes from God and is his gift. This is why, at the Communion service offertory, we say “All things come from you and of your own do we give you.”
* How we use our time, our money and our talents, balancing our needs with the needs of others is a working out of the command to love God and our neighbour as ourself.
* We are to give generously and sacrificially according to our income and our assets.
* ‘Tithing is a helpful starting point. The chief guideline from the Old Testament (to a people mostly surviving by subsistence agriculture), is to give 10% of our income to God.
* We give to God the best of our time, our money and our talents. Not the leftovers.
* We need to be ‘counter cultural’, resisting the constant and persuasive pressures from advertising and marketing, and from our friends and neighbours.
* Giving “to God” includes a whole range of giving to help others – to Church, to charities and to individuals we support outside our immediate family.
* But we do need to remember that only church-going Christians are likely to give to the Church.
* In common with many other Churches, Otley Parish Church invites every Church member to give at least 5% of your total income to Church and 5% to other causes.
Have You Recently Joined Us?
If you are new to faith, or new to our Church, you might be surprised or worried about this invitation.
* We recognize that people’s finances are often fully committed, and to change patterns of expenditure may take time. God helps us to do this – it’s part of reshaping our lives and our priorities as we learn to follow Jesus in our own unique, and ever-changing, situation.
Ways of Giving
We thank those who give regularly to support the life and work of Otley Parish Church and its buildings. Should you wish to set up a Standing Order online, then our account details are as follows:-
Parochial Church Council of Otley – sort code 20 37 13 – account number 10088811
Alternatively you could download and complete our Standing Order Form and send it to your bank to implement.
You can also give via the collection plate on Sunday morning.
For those who are UK taxpayers you can enhance your giving by 25% by using the Gift Aid Scheme. This can be done by downloading our Gift Aid Form.
Sadly, about 60% of people never make a will, which is our final act of stewardship. Our death can release resources for the causes we have been committed to in our lifetime. At present all legacies are used to maintain our wonderful Grade 1 listed Church building, unless otherwise indicated in the legacy. Do talk to our Church treasurer about legacies.
Isn’t The Church of England Rich?
The Church of England does have substantial central investments which are managed by theChurch Commissioners.
* Those investments produce an annual income that is used to pay for pensions, cathedrals and bishops. It also supports the Church in deprived areas and some mission initiatives.
* There are no central funds to support ordinary churches like us in our regular activities
The Parish Share
Otley Parish Church is part of the Diocese of Leeds, and 59% of our regular income goes into the Diocese of Leeds’ common pot, from which clergy salaries, pension contributions, housing and training are all paid.
*95% of giving to the Diocesan common pot comes back to parishes, mainly through provision of clergy but also through other services provided. Just 5% is spent on management and administration.
* The amount each Church pays into the pot is determined by the number of clergy (not including curates in training), the size of the congregation and the relative wealth or poverty of the geographical Parish.
* The contributions of wealthier parishes help finance the Church’s ministry in poorer parishes. This is a key part of missionary giving for better-off parishes.