At St Paul’s we aim to be a generous community. This is because we believe in a generous God who gives his love unconditionally to all people. When we say in our vision statement that we are a welcoming and inclusive community, we try to reflect God’s generosity and love. For the church to be able to live out our vision, we need as many people as possible to be on board, not only with volunteering, befriending, community building and participating, but also with financial giving.
We are grateful to all who have given financially to the church over the years. The money goes to the upkeep of the building, the resourcing of activities, services and events, the payment of clergy (via the Diocese), hospitality, service to the local community and so much more. As well as being a registered charity ourselves, we also support a number of local and global mission organisations and charities, which you can find out more about on our Working with Others page.
There are various ways to give to St Paul’s:
- Regular monthly giving via standing order (this is the recommended way to give) – please download and complete our Standing Order Mandate and return to your bank or building society, or use our bank details to set up a standing order using online banking
- Weekly giving via envelopes (cash or cheque)
- Weekly giving via the collection plate (cash or cheque)
- One-off donations via our online donation page at www.wonderful.org
- One-off monetary gifts, which can be ear-marked for specific areas of ministry within the church (cash, cheque or online payment)
- Remembering St Paul’s Church in your will
- Sponsoring a slate to support our ongoing roof works (see below for more information)
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can also download our Gift Aid Declaration Form and boost your donation by 25% at no extra expense to yourself.
Our Bank Details:
- St Paul’s Parish Church, Shipley
- Account no: 81331531
- Sort code: 40-41-44
Once you have set up your standing order or made a one-off gift, please get in touch so that we can identify your gift and thank you for your generosity.
We encourage church members to give regularly. Tithing (giving a percentage of your income to the work of God) is a biblical principle. It is God’s way of financing His work on earth. In the Old Testament, tithing helped to look after the widow, the orphan and the temple (Deut. 14:22-29). Jesus encouraged giving too and went so far as to tell a rich ruler to give his wealth to the poor (Mark 10:17-29) and for us to do the same (Luke 12:33).
However and whatever you give, you can trust that every financial gift to St Paul’s is received with gratitude and will make a huge difference to our mission and ministry in Shipley.
When we look at our budget for 2019, our expenditure is higher than our income. Therefore, it is more urgent now than ever that all church members review their giving and, where possible, increase it a little. We also welcome all initiatives to fund raise for St Paul’s Church.
All your giving will help St Paul’s Church to continue to reflect God’s generosity in our community.
Sponsor a Slate Appeal
We launched our Sponsor a Slate Appeal in 2018 to help fund the replacement of approximately 12,000 slates to the church roof. The first two phases of roof works are now complete, but we continue to fund raise to help pay for the final phase of work, which is yet to come.
For just £10 a slate, you can sponsor a slate in the name of anybody you choose. Perhaps you would like to remember a loved one, celebrate a marriage, baptism or confirmation, or even gift as a birthday or Christmas present. The names of all slate sponsors will be recorded in a dedicated Book of Thanks which will become a permanent part of the heritage of St Paul’s Church.
Support your local parish church today and help preserve this beautiful listed building for the generations to come. Pick up a Sponsor a Slate leaflet in church, complete the form on the back and return with your donation to the address provided. Alternatively, you can download a Sponsor a Slate Sponsorship Form. To sponsor a slate online, please visit our fundraising page at www.wonderful.org.
As well as financial giving, we also encourage people to donate food items to the Bradford North Foodbank and unwanted or new school uniform items to the Shipley Area School Uniform Bank, for which we are official donation points. Donation boxes for both charities can be found in the narthex – please give generously.