Stewardship of time, talent and treasure

“Giving” is a key ingredient for St Elizabeth’s Church to grow, live up to its Mission and help make a real difference in the lives of our Parishioners and the local community we aim to serve and help transform. St Elizabeth’s does not receive any government funding, and no funding from the diocese either. Like the other Catholic churches, St Elizabeth’s actually gives a contribution to the Diocese.

We therefore need your help…

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38

How much does the church need?

There is so much more that we can and would like to do for the Parish and the local community: We would like to continue to increase our reach and to bring more people into the Parish. We would like to build on Alpha, on Family of Faith and many other initiatives to enrich the lives of all involved in the Parish. We would also like to expand our initiatives for the local community, helping the homeless and lonely people, among others. We want to be a shining beacon for the Catholic Church and a hub from which more ideas and good things can flow.

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11

How much should you give?

The giving of our time and talents to the service of God is important and valued but it is also important to make a financial commitment. For this Parish to live up to our vision of raising up intentional disciples who joyfully live out the mission of Jesus Christ, each member of the Parish will need to make a serioussubstantial and sustained commitment to the work of the Church.
Serious – is the Catholic faith an “add-on” or is it at the heart of your life?
Substantial – does your level of giving represent a substantial part of your income or does God just get the loose change?
Sustained – Does your giving represent a regular commitment or do you just contribute when you feel like it?

To give 5% (one twentieth) of our income to the Church is a good target.  It applies to us all whether we are living on a pension, employed or unemployed.  Using a percentage figure means that we all give in proportion to what we have.

Giving regularly in this way is often referred to as “Regular giving” or “Planned giving” and reflects a commitment from you to play your part in supporting God’s work in this Parish.

Methods of regular, planned giving
Once you have decided on how much you are going to give then you will need to decide how you are going to give it.

There are three main ways in which you can give on a regular basis:

1.      Standing Order – By far the best option!  You instruct your bank to set up a monthly standing order so that your payment to the Parish is paid automatically each month.  Standing Order is the easiest, safest and most efficient way for you to give to the Parish.  If you are a Tax Payer then Gift Aid can be claimed on the money given.

2.      Envelopes – You have a pack of envelopes, one for each Sunday of the Year, and place your contributions in these each week.  The burden of handling envelope donations makes them more time-consuming for the volunteers who have to record your giving.  If you are a Tax Payer then Gift Aid can be claimed on the money given.

3.      Cash on the plate – The worst option, not only does  someone have to count and bank the cash but it is often  irregular and unplanned.

If at all possible please set up a Standing Order because it

  • Removes the need to count, store and bank cash.
  • Reduces admin time and costs.
  • Makes the Gift Aid claim process straightforward.
  • Helps the Parish Council to plan.

It eliminates your hunt for cash on a Sunday morning for the collection or envelope.


On the occasion of life events (e.g. baptism, communion, confirmation, wedding, celebration of life), you have the opportunity, with your family and friends, to express affection, gratitude and goodwill to St Elizabeth’s Church and help support our Mission.

You can do so in the following ways:

  • Using a Gift Aid envelope which can be found at the back of the church or obtained from at the Parish office
  • Donate Online (see the link in the next column)

The Finance Committee are happy to answer any questions you may have – you can just email us at: or catch us in person after Mass


Forms below, once completed, should to be returned by email to or to the Parish Office 


Standing Order Form 



Gift Aid Declaration

The Gift Aid Scheme
Gift Aid is tax relief on money donated to UK charities.  The charity can reclaim the tax that the person has already paid on their income and so increase the value of a donation.  Almost all of us pay tax on our income, benefits, pension, interest on savings or share dividends and can therefore use the Scheme.

The rules from HMRC are quite simple.  Donors must:

  •  pay enough UK income tax (this includes pension payments, bank interest and share dividends) and/or capital gains tax themselves to cover the amount of tax the charity will reclaim
  • give the charity a gift aid declaration, which should include
  • their name, home address and the charity’s name
  • details of the donation – saying that it is a gift aid donation
  • confirmation that they have paid UK tax – to cover the tax the charity will reclaim.

The Parish can reclaim an extra £25 on every £100 that is given by standard rate (20%) taxpayers.

If you are a higher rate (40%) taxpayer then you can reclaim a further £25 on every £100 of your gift from the Inland Revenue in your Self-Assessment tax return so the effective cost to you when the Parish receives  £1,250 (you donate £1,000) is just £750.


Do You Shop Online?

St Elizabeth’s is now registered with EasyFundraising, which means that whenever you shop online you can help us for FREE. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them. All you need to do is sign up and remember to use easyfundraising whenever you shop online. It’s easy and completely FREE! These donations really mount up and we will be using them to help develop an exciting, new approach to youth ministry in our parish. So please take a couple of minutes to sign up and support us at Funding St Elizabeth’s Youth Ministry.

Other ways to give – please do have a look at some of the other ways in which you might be able to help by clicking HERE

CIO Charity Number – 1173050