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Crosthwaite Parish Church, Keswick

GIVING FINANCIALLY  TO THE LIFE AND MINISTRY

OF THE PARISH OF CROSTHWAITE, KESWICK

A guide to those who wish to support this Parish

through regular and/or occasional giving.


“All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you”


OUR VISION

To be a church family for all ages that is faithful to Christ, nourishing to us, and attracts others to worship. This leaflet contains information on:

•The work within our Parish for which we seek support

•Planned Regular Giving

•Single Donations

•Gift Aiding Your Giving

•Legacies

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Remember  this:  Whoever  sows  sparingly  will  also  reap sparingly,  and  whoever  sows  generously  will  also  reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in  your  heart  to  give,  not  reluctantly  or  under  compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.


THE WORK OF OUR PARISH

In  Crosthwaite  Parish  we  hold  two  to  four  services every Sunday   of   the   year.   There   are   weekday   services   in sheltered  accommodation  and  we  are  involved  with  the Hospital Chaplaincy. We offer pastoral care, as we are able, to a wide variety of people in the town and area. We reach the  young  through  Schools,  Sunday  4U,  All  Age  Worship, baptisms and weddings.  


We  have  four  well  maintained  buildings,  St  Kentigern’s Church,  Underskiddaw  Church  Room,  the  Sunday  School Room  and  the  Parish  Rooms  which,  over  the  past  years, have  seen  many  improvements  (often  funded  by  legacies and special gifts) and a widening of their use. We maintain a churchyard which is an amenity for the town.


We  have  good  attendances  including  numerous  visitors. Our    festivals    attract    extra    numbers.    Many    in    the community  look  to  us  at  times  of  crisis  or  celebration  in their  lives.  We  generously  support  missionaries,  in  this country  and  overseas.  We  give  generously  to  charities  and special  appeals.  Congregation  members  are  influential  in, and  donate  their  time  and  skills  to,  many  organisations  in the   town.   People   are   drawn   to   us   because, however stumblingly, we are holding to our vision statement.


It costs in the order of £2,000 per week to maintain the ministry and worship of Crosthwaite Parish.


REGULAR GIVING

All monies, however paid, are most gratefully received for the support of our ministry throughout the Parish. We do, however,    offer    one    or    two    thoughts    for    your consideration  on  ways  to  give  as  alternatives  to  putting cash in the weekly church collection.


STANDING ORDERS*

We do strongly encourage regular giving by monthly bank standing  order,  which  reduces  administration  work, aids our budget planning and saves you having to hunt for cash every week.


FREE WILL OFFERING ENVELOPES*

If  a  standing  order  is  not  for  you,  then  the  Free  Will Offering  envelope  scheme,  in  which  you  are  given  52 numbered  envelopes  each  year  to  put  into  the  church collection, can help ensure that you maintain your weekly giving even if you cannot get to church some weeks.


WHICHEVER WAY YOU GIVE do please consider:

•enhancing your giving using Gift Aid (see later down the page)

•reviewing your giving annually

* form/envelopes available from the Parish Office (see bottom of the page)


‘ONE OFF’ DONATIONS  

Small  cash  sums  can  be  placed  in  the  wall  box  near the main door in the church.  

For  larger  sums  please  make  your  cheque  payable  to Crosthwaite PCC and either hand in at a service or post to the Parish Office (see back page).

Do please consider using the white Gift Aid envelope and declaration which can be found in the church pews.


Malachi 3:10

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,”

says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven

and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”


INCREASE YOUR GIVING TO THE CHURCH BY 25% WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY

Let the taxman pay the extra

If  you  are  a  taxpayer  you  can  use  the  Gift  Aid  scheme  to increase  the  effect  of  your  giving  to  the  Church  by 25%, for  both  regular  and  special  donations.  Yes,  for  every  £1 you give, the taxman will give us 25p To be able to Gift Aid your giving you have to:

•be a UK taxpayer

•make  your  payments  in  a  way  which  can  be  clearly recorded (e.g. standing order, free will offering envelope, cheque)

•for regular giving complete a Gift Aid declaration form*

•for  single  contributions,  please  use  a  white  envelope  and declaration in the church pews If you Gift Aid contributions to a number of organisations, you  must  be  sure  that  the  total  tax  reclaimable  by those organisations on all donations is less than the tax you pay in any one tax year. If you are a higher rate tax payer you can make a further recovery from the taxman.

* form available from the Parish Office (see bottom of the page)


LEGACIES

As many others have done over the years you may wish to consider   including   Crosthwaite   Parish   in   the   list   of beneficiaries  of  your  will.  Your  solicitor  can  assist  with this.

It  is  most  helpful  if  you  specify  that  the  legacy  is  to  be used  for  general  purposes for  the  benefit  of  maintaining the whole ministry of the Parish.  

A clause similarly phrased to this could be included in your will:-

I  give  £.…    (also  include  the  amount  in  words) free  of  all taxes  to  the  Parochial  Church  Council  of  the  Parish  of Crosthwaite,   St   Kentigern,   Keswick   (registered   charity number  1132320)  in  the  Diocese  of  Carlisle  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.

An  existing  will  can  be  amended  by  adding  an  appropriate codicil.

Please   do   consider   taking   professional   advice   before completing or amending a will. For  further  information  or  to obtain  the  forms mentioned in the leaflet, please contact:

Crosthwaite Parish Office

Crosthwaite Parish Rooms

Main Street

Keswick CA12 5NN

O17687 71187

admin@crosthwaitechurchkeswick.co.uk

(the  Parish  Office  is  usually  open  from  9.30  to 13.30 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday)

GIVING FINANCIALLY

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