How our Church is Paid For

Many are surprised to hear that these days Church of England parish churches in the Diocese of Gloucester receive no central funding at all! 

Our beautiful and old Church is Grade 1 listed. All its running and maintenance costs, as well the costs of the shared, part-time clergy who serve our community, have to be paid for by local people. Much of the burden falls on the thirty or so church members on the church electoral roll, who both directly give with great generosity and do so much to support our fundraising events.

  • As recently as the 1960's the Church Commissioners paid for 75% of clergy costs. Whilst we no longer employ any clergy directly, in 2013 we paid £11,611 to the Diocese for clergy costs, through the parish share system. We have committed to increasing this by 3% a year in 2014 & 2015.

Beyond the everyday running costs, we also do everything we can to improve our facilities so that all who use the Church and Churchyard benefit. Like the running costs and repairs, these all have to be funded by local people.
  • In 2013 we were very pleased to complete our new toilet facility under the tower, with facilities for the disabled. This uses an unusual trench drain system that minimised the excavation needed in the churchyard. Work such as this is relatively expensive, as the Church is a Grade 1 listed building, and any excavations require the presence of an archaeologist. The funds to pay for this came from fund raising and donations in 2011 & 2012, with the help of a grant of £500 from Magnox. We were fortunate to have much of the work done by a parishioner, for much below the full commercial cost. Individual donations of up to £500 were received, as well as donated materials and volunteer project management. This new facility will be of great benefit to all users of the Church not just our small congregation, for weddings & funerals, and indeed anyone visiting the Church. It is open whenever the Church is.
  • In 2011/12 we landscaped the new Garden of Remembrance.
  • In 2010 we replaced the church boiler.

Giving and donations accounted for nearly three quarters of our income in 2013. After this, fundraising is our biggest source of income. This does bring in some money from people outside the church, our annual fete and raffle are popular in the village. Fundraising events require a lot of organisation however, and this mainly falls on the same few people.

It is a wonderful feature of the Church of England that we exist to serve the entire community, not just members of our Church. 
  • We are there in times of crisis, for major family events, and to support all those who need us. You don't have to be a member of the Church.
  • Our Church is open every day during daylight hours, not just for Sunday worship. It is open to all who wish to enter.
  • It is a beautiful place to sit and pray, or just take in the moment in quiet contemplation. 
  • Generations of families who still live in the village are buried in our Churchyard, or remembered in our Garden of Remembrance. 
  • Many people visit the Church and Churchyard regularly to tend graves, and to remember loves ones in our book inside the Church or perhaps light a candle. 
Please, whenever you have reason to be thankful for our presence, or just in recognition of the importance of our Church to our community, consider helping us with a financial contribution.

If you would like to discuss regular giving, or legacies, please contact me and I will be happy to help you. I can be reached through the 'Contact Us' link in the sidebar.

Thank you.

Stephen Youngs