"All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you." (1 Chronicles 29.14)
These words are taken from King David's prayer at the consecration of the Temple, and recall the people of Israel's understanding that we have nothing of our own - only what God has given. In response to God’s gracious generosity Christians are called to give towards his mission in the world.
To keep our churches open and an active Christian ministry alive in our parishes cost about £98,000 in 2016, that’s £1884 per week. This amount excludes all but the most routine maintenance on our historic buildings. This money does not come from some secret fund but from generous donors who wish to give thanks to God by supporting his work.
If you would like to support Christ’s mission in these parishes and ensure that our historic churches remain open there are various ways in which you can give.
Clergy: stipend, pension, housing, office and travel expenses
Cost of Services: Candles, communion bread and wine, organists etc.
Running Costs: heating and lighting, churchyard upkeep and minor maintenance
Training: training of existing clergy, those training for ordination and the cost of supporting curates
Parish Support: the cost of the support given to the parishes by the diocese
National Church: contribution to the central costs of the C of E
Where does the money go?
It costs over £98,000 a year to keep our churches open and resource the church’s ministry. The table below illustrates the major expenses incurred in 2016 (excluding major work to the fabric of the churches).