Giving to St Nicolas Church
The Coronavirus has presented a significant number of challenges to most of us, as we are forced to go about our lives in different and creative ways. For many, personal income will have changed and some may be experiencing financial difficulties, unfortunately, this is also true for St Nicolas Church - through for instance, all hall bookings being cancelled, which alone will reduce our income by over £5,000 each quarter, our fund raising events not being able to be held, and us not receiving fees for weddings and funerals.
The finance team currently estimate the overall impact of the Coronavirus on the church finances to be up to £50,000 in this year. Please see an appeal letter from Rev'd Roy and a brochure giving additional facts and figures.
Encouragingly, we have been asked by a number of parishioners, how they can continue to give during the current emergency. There are currently a number of ways - In order of preference they are to: -
Direct Debit \ Parish Giving Scheme:
Usually, this would be completed on a paper form, however, due to the Coronavirus you can sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme by registering your interest using an online form. The team at PGS will then give you a call back to set up the direct debit. To register your interest, please go to https://register.parishgiving.org.uk. You will need St Nicolas' PGS code, when you fill in the form, this is : 17-1702081.
Pay by standing order:
This can be arranged on-line, or over the phone with your bank as either one off or regular donation. Our bank details are Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-94-41 and account 01805965 under the name of Cranleigh PCC. Please give your surname and postcode as the reference.
We have set up a "go fund me" campaign to allow for online donations. This can be found at the top of this page. If you are able to do, so please tick the Gift Aid box. All donations made here will be paid directly to the Church.
Donate via Text Message:
We have also arranged for the ability to donate up to £20 via text message, this can be done as a one off or set up regularly each month:
For a one off donation: Text the word stnics followed by a space, followed by the amount you wish to donate in numbers to 70470. e.g. stnics 10 for a one off donation of £10.
For a regular monthly donation: Text the word stnicspcm followed by a space, followed by the amount you wish to donate in numbers to 70470. e.g. stnicspcm 20 for a monthly recurring donation of £10.
After you have donated, you will receive an additional text message regarding gift aid, if you are able to, please follow the guidance in that message.
Write a Cheque:
Either as a one off, monthly or each week, payable to Cranleigh PCC and send it to the church office for the attention of the Treasurer at Church Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8AR. Please note, however, cheques may take several weeks to clear your account.
If currently you use weekly white envelopes, you can also put your donation in your white envelope as you would normally . Once we are allowed to open the church you can then leave your white envelopes there as usual, or if you need a blue envelope, complete it then.
The first 3 options have the advantage of not needing cash for those of us who are not meant to be going out, and also that no one from the church needs to go out.