Give in Other Ways
There are many other ways in which you can contribute financially to support the life and ministry of St Thomas’ church. Here is some more information about some of them:
1. Contactless giving
A machine to enable contactless giving by card or phone for donations between £3 and £30 is being installed in the church foyer. It is intended that this will be mainly be an alternative to making cash donations in the collection or on other occasions.
2. Payroll giving
Some employers operate a payroll giving scheme. This allows money to be donated to a charity such as the church without paying tax on it. More information is available on the Government’s website www.gov.uk/payroll-giving. The scheme is an alternative to using Gift Aid and may have some advantages for higher rate tax payers.
3. Legacy funding
A gift in your will can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, and can help to support the ministry of the church into the future. Since needs change over the years, we encourage those who wish to leave a gift in their will for the general purposes of the parish, rather than for a restricted purpose. The PCC will discuss with executors the most appropriate use of the gift in the light of current projects and the donor’s known areas of interest in the church.
A suggested form of words to use in your will is as follows:
“I give ___% of my residuary estate OR the sum of £ (pounds only) free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of the parish of St Thomas’s, Lancaster in the Diocese of Blackburn for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”