Giving to the work in Fordham and Eight Ash Green
Where does the money come from?
The vast majority of our income comes from donations made by members of the congregation. Tax refunds from donations made under Gift Aid are an important source of funding. There is also an historic bequest, the majority of which has now been spent to pay for the re-ordering of the back of Eight Ash Green church.
The Rector is paid directly by the Church of England, but we give a grant to the central funds of the Anglican Church which matches this cost.
What is it spent on?
Our highest area of our regular expenditure is staffing costs. Other significant areas are gifts to overseas partners and mission societies, buildings and administration. All building upkeep and development is paid for by donations from the congregation.
As a church we give our full 'Parish share' which contributes towards costs in the wider Church of England and Anglican Communion.
As a church we have committed to give 10% of our income away. This is the list of the various causes we currently support with regular donations. There are also a number of one off gifts.
- The Russell family – working for the International Bible Society in Iraq
- St. George's Church, Dagenham
- Crosslinks – an Anglican International mission agency
- Barnabas Fund – giving aid to persecuted Christians
- UCCF – to support the staff worker for Suffolk and Essex
- Tearfund – an Anglican relief agency
- Arab World Ministries
- Middle East Christian Outreach
- Essex University Christian Union
(Note: Fordham Church provides the links above as a courtesy only; we are not responsible for the content of the sites listed)
We also fund two Apprentices to complete the Cornhill Training Course.
How is it monitored?
Our money gets spent across the range of ministries in ways and amounts which are monitored and controlled by the elected representatives of the church — the Parochial Church Council (PCC). This constant review, as well as the presentation and publication of accounts once per year, ensures that we do our best to honour God with the way in which our resources are spent.
How to give
The most helpful way to give is in a regular committed way, such as a standing order. This allows us to plan our finances much more easily. Forms are available in church, or download one from Here (pdf) or Here (docx).
If you wish to make a one-off donation to the work of the parish, this can be done by making out a cheque (payable to "FEAG PCC") and placing it in the collection box in church, or sending it to the church office.
- Tax efficiently
If you are a UK taxpayer, we would encourage you to complete a Gift Aid form as this increases the value of your donation by up to one-third because we claim back the tax you have paid. Once filled in, even small donations can, if simply marked with your name, can qualify for Gift Aid. Further information and forms are available at the back of church. If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your self-assessment tax return and, if you receive Tax Credits, charitable giving can be deducted from your assessable income. The treasurer will be happy to give further advice.