Christian Giving

Christian Giving at St Andrew’s

At St Andrew’s we make two financial appeals to the congregation in a normal year. In December we make our annual appeal for others which in 2018 was for three charities working overseas and one Leeds based charity. We regularly raise around £14,000 for our chosen charities.

In or around February each year we make an appeal for the annual costs which we as a church incur. We ask members to consider carefully what they can afford to give and to make a promise to give that amount usually on a monthly basis by standing order directly to the church bank account. That’s why we don’t pass the plate around on a Sunday morning. If you would like to consider making a regular or one off donation to St Andrew’s please contact our treasurer at treasurer@standrews.cc

Following are some details on how our money is spent. On our Home Page you will also find a link to our page at the Charity Commission website where you can see our latest filed accounts.

2019 Budget

Our budgeted expenditure for 2019 totals £187,878, split as follows.

Building usage, maintenance and improvement £65,811
Local ministry £32,160
Contribution to the United Reformed Church’s wider ministry £50,627
Worship, Christian education and Pastoral care £2,022
Youth and children’s work £23,228
Governance, administration and other £14,030

£65,811 of building related expenditure is mainly routine maintenance and repair of our three properties.

We make a significant contribution to the costs of the wider work of the United Reformed Church. In 2019 that contribution will be £74,126. The costs of having our own full-time minister come out of this payment. The total costs of ministry received directly by St Andrew’s are estimated at £32,160. The amount in excess of the direct employment costs of our minister is estimated at £50,627.

As a church we believe that Youth and Children’s work is an important part of our mission to the local Roundhay community. Salary and other costs together with project costs and expenses are budgeted at £23,228.

The cost of communicating effectively with our church family increases, as does the cost of complying with the increasing volume of regulation which applies to charities, including churches, and so governance and administration costs continue to rise, and are expected to be £14,030.

Finally, and very importantly, please remember that if you are a UK taxpayer the church can reclaim 25p from the government, out of your taxes, for every £1 you donate.