PLEASE CAN YOU HELP
WE COULD REALLY DO WITH YOUR FINANCIAL HELP IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF CHURCH CLOSURE.
PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING IF YOU CAN TO SUPPORT OUR CHURCH AND OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR QUICK DONATION PAGE
ALTERNATIVELY WE CAN NOW RECEIVE DONATIONS VIA TEXT MESSAGE BY TEXTING THE WORD LEMSFORD FOLLOWED BY A SPACE AND THEN AN AMOUNT OF YOUR DONATION, TO 70085. FOR EXAMPLE, TO GIVE £5 TYPE LEMSFORD 5, TO GIVE £10 TYPE LEMSFORD 10. THEN SIMPLY SEND YOUR TEXT TO 70085. TEXTS WILL COST YOUR DONATION AMOUNT PLUS ONE STANDARD RATE MESSAGE.
IMPORTANT LETTER TO REGULAR GIVERS FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Please read this important letter from the Finance Committee by clicking here.
Your early response to the requests in the letter will be very much appreciated
A message from the vicar:
This message comes with warm and sincere thanks for all the support that so many people give to this church. People give freely of their time and energy in so many ways, as well as contributing what they can in financial terms. I would like to say thank you to those who give regularly, week by week, or month by month. I would also like to thank those who give whenever they are able. This giving is vital to the running of our church community, to maintaining our building and to enable our mission.
There are many ways by which donations to the church can be made.
- In the weekly collection plate, donating cash via pew envelopes;
- By standing order;
- Payments at services using our new contactless payment facility;
- Making payments under the Parish Giving Scheme. This scheme was adopted by the Diocese in early 2016, and it allows people to support the church financially by making payments by direct debit. The scheme administrators receive all donations via direct debit on the 1st of each month, and then reclaim the relevant Gift Aid element on behalf of the church and repay the donation plus the Gift Aid to the church's bank account by the 19th working day of the month. This arrangement simplifies the current system whereby the church can only reclaim Gift Aid twice a year. The scheme reduces administrative workload and speeds up the receipt of the valuable Gift Aid element. New donors may feel that this is a simple, convenient and flexible way to give, and donors who currently give via any of our other methods are welcome to switch to giving via the scheme if they wish.
You can also make a gift to the church by way of a legacy in your will. At St John's we welcome gifts in wills, however large or small, and our policy is to use them to fund church development projects, whether facilities, mission or other priorities. We will always discuss bequests with executors to ensure that any gift honours the donor's wishes. We promise to use any gift to make a difference to our church. Information about legacies can be found on the Church of England website by going to: https://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/downloads/gifts-of-faith-hope-and-love.compressed.pdf .
If you need any information about any of the above ways of giving, please do speak to the vicar or to one of the church wardens.
You can support St John's Church, Lemsford by shopping online.
Every time you shop online via easyfundraising at one of the 3,300 retailers including John Lewis, Aviva, Sainsbury’s and Booking.com, a donation will be made us, and it won’t cost you a penny extra.
It’s really simple to get started, just go to the Easyfundraising website and sign up for free.
If you need to take out, or renew, a home insurance policy before 31st December 2020, please think of using Ecclesiastical Insurance as they will donate £130 to the church through their Trust 130 Promotion. All you need to do is to say that the donation is to go to St John's Church, Lemsford. Find out more at www.ecclesiastical.com/trust130 or call their team on 0800 783 0130 and quote Trust 130.