Giving at Halifax Minster

The Church of England has always encouraged people to give 10% of their income away: 5% to the church and 5% to their chosen charities, and we support and encourage this approach.  Many people ask “How much should I be giving?” The table below gives a model of how much you might want to give in relation to your income.  If you also Gift Aid your contribution (an option available to all UK tax payers) the Minster can claim 25p from the Government in every pound you give.

Weekly Income: £100 £200 £300 £400 £500
Giving 5% £5 £10 £15 £20 £25
Giving 10% £10 £20 £30 £40 £50

Please think about how much you are able to give, and be as generous as you can.  All giving to the church is managed by our Parish Giving Officer and what you give is, of course, an entirely confidential matter.

Why we give:

The church must – like any other organisation – pay its own way. As a church we want to be free to use our funds in the best possible way to enable our mission and ministry in Halifax.  This includes caring for our biggest resource – the Minster itself – as a place of worship and prayer, and as a source of income itself through events and activities for groups and organisations across Halifax and Calderdale.  It also includes paying for energy and staffing and making our contribution to the Parish Share.  We work hard to keep our spending down, with annual reviews of energy and maintenance costs, seeking competitive quotes for work undertaken, and challenging ourselves in our ways of working to avoid waste.

What is the Parish Share?

The Parish Share is the financial contribution that parishes are asked to make to help pay for the work of the Church – including helping to pay for clergy in ALL parishes and the broader expenses incurred in running the Church in our Diocese. Payment of the Parish Share is also about our social responsibility to support other parishes that exist in some of the poorest parts of the Diocese and indeed throughout the land.

How to give:

The best way to give is by standing order.  This allows the Minster to budget for income and manage the practical affairs of running the church in the most responsible way for those who supply us with services and in our support of our Diocese.   You can also give using our envelope scheme or by putting cash on the collection plate at any service.  If you give by standing order there are ‘gifting cards’ available at the back of church to symbolise your offering which can be put on the communion plate each week. If you would like to give to the work of the Minster please speak to Gillian Farr our Parish Giving Officer.

Legacy and Wills

The Minster has been remembered by many generous benefactors in the past. Why not consider leaving the Minster something in your Will today, and set up a legacy?

If you would like further information or to discuss this or any other aspect of giving please contact our Treasurer, Peter Naylor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can see the Minster Accounts here