In a large church like St Nicholas the financial challenges are many, but our vision is clear - we long to see people exploring the riches of God’s word, being equipped to serve Him and to see the gospel being explained to more and more people.

As a church we have much to be thankful for and we are grateful to God for the resources provided which enable us, through His strength and direction, to work towards the aims of our Vision Statement .

God’s ongoing provision can be seen in all areas of our church life: In People - both to serve and to be served; in our Premises - to be used to enable the gospel to be spread across Sevenoaks and in our Financial resources - allowing a wide range of church activities to take place, for us to fulfil our obligations to the Diocese and to support our worldwide mission partners.

The 2019 budget seeks to provide for known expense, to enable some new and innovative projects and to make provision for future upkeep and expansion costs.

Expenditure - Clergy costs, Ministry and Diocesan costs, Outreach & Services costs, Management & Admin costs, Premises costs: totalling approx £1,046,500.

In addition, the Mission Fund has a target of £210,000.

Donations are sought from church family giving, gift aid claims, legacies, property lettings and other income to cover this expenditure.

Increased giving - and more effective giving by use of gift aid and legacy awareness

Special appeals - for some of the bigger projects

Tough choices - the PCC will be reviewing the items in the budget and deciding if they can be deferred or if they need to be cancelled altogether.

Completing your pledge form for 2019 as soon as possible will give us a clearer picture of how many tough choices we need to make.

We each have a part to play - however, large or small. So please take this opportunity to give thanks for God’s generosity in your life and to respond accordingly.

What next?

Whatever size your gift, please pledge it, give it, gift aid it and consider willing it so that the work can continue…

  • Pledge form (to help us plan for the year ahead)*
  • Gift aid form (to help maximise the value of your giving)*. Due to changes at HMRC we are asking that new Gift Aid forms are completed by all givers each year.

* once completed, please return to the Gift Administrator by email or via the church office (paper copies only to ensure confidentiality).

Standing order forms for both the general fund and the mission fund can be obtained from the church office or the gift administrator.

Whatever our gifts, in Romans 12: 1-13 Paul expected each member of the church to throw themselves wholeheartedly into what they did: “If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then encourage; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

See also the Rector’s letter for November 2018