23 May 2021
Gift Days give us time to reflect upon God’s goodness. These times are an opportunity to carefully consider how we respond to the needs of St Ebbe’s Church, so that we may continue to declare the Gospel, build up God’s people and send them out to serve Him in Oxford, the UK and around the world.
Our Gift Day target is £30,000 in one-off gifts and £25,000 in new regular giving.
Please remember that giving is a work of and for the Lord. We offer ourselves first to the Lord and then how we might use our money to serve Him.
This means everyone is able to join in Gift Day: whether we decide we are able to give more or less at this time. We all share together in the work of the Lord. He is able to provide not only for our needs but also the needs of the work of St Ebbe’s.
We invite each member of St Ebbe’s to give thankful prayerful consideration of Gift Day and respond with joy, faithfulness, and generosity.
Summary of St Ebbe’s finances
Income and expenditure are kept under close review throughout the year. General expenditure is expected to increase as more church activities restart, but most of St Ebbe’s spending is in regular fixed costs so the increase will be modest in proportion.
Some of us are able to set aside money on a regular basis. However, others give as the Lord provides – this is a blessing from God. This is particularly true for the many in our congregation who are in Oxford for a just short time and Gift Days are an important opportunity for these church members to join in supporting the work of St Ebbe’s.
The Gift Day target
In 2020, despite the pandemic, our Heavenly Father inspired His people to give very generously so that more was received than was spent in the year. The PCC now has sufficient reserves to meet unexpected costs and the extra funds provided last year will be spent this year. Therefore, the target for one-off giving is smaller than had been originally budgeted: the church is wiser to rely upon the Lord rather than savings.
We give great thanks that planned giving has not plummeted, but it is clear that effects of the pandemic continue to affect us all. Even in normal times, at St Ebbe’s some members of the congregation leave, and new members join. We do not know the effect that the pandemic will have upon the size of the congregation in future, but we pray and strive for growth. We note a dip in regular giving every summer.
It is right to ask the Lord for what we need. The target of £30,000 of one-off gifts will allow PCC to use all that the Lord has given us and target for £25,000 of new regular giving aims to help meet regular costs going forward.
Previous generations of St Ebbe’s have provided a Hardship fund to reduce hardship in the Parish and congregation. The fund exists to glorify God by helping those in need. If you wish to discuss your needs please contact a Congregation Leader.
We invite each member of St Ebbe’s to give thankfully and prayerfully to the Gift Day
How to respond
If you wish to contribute towards the Gift Day, there are a number of ways in which you can send a gift, but in all cases, it is a great help if you would inform the St Ebbe’s Finance Administrator of your decision. Details of how to give can be found below. Please complete form below and press the submit button.
If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid is a means by which the value of your gift can increase by 25% without any additional cost to you. If you are eligible, please tick the appropriate box in the form.
Your response will be confidential and known only to the finance administrator.
Please make cheques/charity vouchers payable to “PCC of St Ebbe’s Church” and send to:
Financial Administrator (Private & Confidential),
St Ebbe’s Church
2 Roger Bacon Lane