There are a number of ways to support St Laurence: through worship, through the giving of your time and through the giving of your talents. We appreciate enormously the support we receive from those who assist in a wide variety of areas, ranging from flower arranging and gardening, through music and singing to finance, administration and sitting on the PCC(Parochial Church Council).
If you would like to support St Laurence Church in any of these aspects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, there are various ways of giving financially:
by donating directly to the Church or by supporting our Fund Raising initiatives:-
Please visit our On-line Giving page using the link below, or scanning the QR code on the right :-
We are keeping a very close eye on the cost of running St. Laurence Church during the lockdown and have cut back on all non-essential spending, to minimise the impact on the budget set for the year.
Thank you to everyone who gives to sustain the life, mission and ministry of this church. We are extremely grateful for your support and sacrificial giving to enable church life at St. Laurence to flourish.
The main things we spend our income on, include:
- Services and music
- Children’s Church and other ministries and events
- Helping children in local schools with their mental health
- Contribution to the Diocese to cover clergy salaries and other costs
- Running costs for our buildings
- Maintaining and enhancing our historic church building and its churchyard
- Local, UK and overseas charitable and mission giving
We encourage people to pray for the continuing life of the church, and to pray about what to give. It would be particularly helpful if those who previously have given in cash each Sunday are able to move to online giving.
Please pay by Gift Aid if you can – it results in an extra 25% for church funds at no extra cost to yourself.
In common with all C of E Churches, St. Laurence relies on the generosity of people within the Parish to provide the income necessary to pay for the work of the Anglican Church locally, nationally and internationally throughout the world.
There are several methods available for people to make their offerings. These are:
a) Freewill Offering Envelopes b) Bank Standing Orders c) One-off Gifts d) Open Plate Collection
Freewill Offering Envelopes
This is the traditional method of providing offerings in which the donor is provided with a set of offering envelopes in which there is one envelope for each Sunday of the year. Donors put their offering inside the envelope and place the envelope into the collection bag. Each set of envelopes has a number printed on it so that the amount inside can be recorded against the envelope number. It is a necessary condition imposed by HM Revenue and Customs before the Church can recover Gift Aid that the donors can be identified with the amounts given and hence the amount of Gift Aid claimed. Only the Freewill Offering Recorder has the information to link donors’ names to the envelope numbers. If anyone not already using the Freewill Envelope Scheme would like a set of envelopes, please contact Robin Crowther
Bank Standing Orders
This has become the most popular methods of giving and is especially suitable for donors unable to attend worship regularly but who, nonetheless, would like to support the Church’s work. This is simply done by completing a standing order form and, in the case of tax-payers, a Declaration Form. These forms can be found within the Documents Section and again confidentiality is imposed by the information regarding givings by standing order being restricted to the Gift Aid Recorder. For further information please contact Robin Crowther
As the name implies, all one-off gifts are always welcome and again can benefit from Gift Aid.
Open Plate Collection
As the collection bags are passed round, the congregation is able to drop their offering into the bag, either a Freewill Envelope or cash on its own. All loose cash is known as Open Plate and under new rules, gifts of £20 or less are also able to be enhanced by 25%.
Gift Aid is a Government scheme available to charities which enables them to recover income tax on donations deemed to have been paid by the donor at the basic rate. This tax recovery can only be made on offerings recorded against individual donors who pay sufficient tax to cover it and therefore offerings by Freewill Envelope and Standing Order are recorded against the donor. As stated above, this information is confidential to the Freewill Offering Recorder.
The effect of Gift Aid is to increase the individual offering by 25% at no additional cost to the donor. In fact, for donors who pay income tax at the higher rate, Gift Aid provides a method of saving some income tax as the donor’s basic rate income tax band is increased by the value of the annual offering provided.
Thank you to all who contribute in any way to our income.
You are welcome to join the St Laurence 100 Club, another one of our fund-raising initiatives. The Club is open to those over 16 years of age and membership costs £10 a year. There is a monthly draw for three prizes, with first prize being £20, the second £10 and the third £5.
The St Laurence 100 Club Rules and St Laurence 100 Club Entry Form may be found by clicking on the PDF icon of this section. Forms are also available in the Church, the Church Office at All Saints Lodge or from the Vicar, the Church Wardens and Alison Parsons.
St Laurence Church is a member of Easyfundraising, an on-line shopping charitable organisation. Over 2700 well known stores – including Marks & Spencer, JohnLewis, Sainsburys and Tesco – will each donate a percentage of what you spend on your on-line purchases to St Laurence Church, without it costing you a penny.
By shopping via this link you will be helping to raise funds for the Church without it costing you any more than what you spend on your purchase.
How it works
easyfundraising.org.uk helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. So far we’ve raised over £3 million for causes throughout the UK.
It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. It’s as simple as that!
You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!
It doesn’t cost you a penny more
The great thing is it won’t cost you any more, plus we’ve got lots of voucher codes and special discounts so you can actually save money while you help your good cause. There is no cost for the good cause either – our service is totally free.
How to generate donations
It’s very simple – once you’ve registered with us, when you shop with one of our retailers, our system makes a note of your purchase, collects the donation from the retailer and passes it to your chosen good cause. That’s it! No hassle for you, we do all the hard work while you shop as your normally would.
It’s really easy to get started (we don’t call it easyfundraising for nothing!)
If you would like to support a cause:
- Click on ‘Find a cause’ and select the cause you wish to support.
- Fill out the quick form to register your details.
- Find the retailer you want to shop with.
- Click to visit the retailer, then shop as you normally would.
- Your donation will be shown in your easyfundraising account within 30 days.
If you would like to register a cause:
Website address : http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk
In the Find a Good Cause box type St Laurence Church – Hawkhurst
Raising with Amazon has changed. It is now done through Smile Amazon
If you search for Amazon on www.easyfundraising.org.uk or the easyfundraising App, you will be directed to AmazonSmile. You can still raise FREE donations for St Laurence Church – Hawkhurst when you buy things from Amazon – you’ll just need to create a free account at smile.amazon.co.uk. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on amazon.co.uk. The difference is that when you shop on smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to the eligible charitable organisation of your choice.