St Lukes Church Parkstone Poole

Giving to Grow

Thank you for being part of St Luke’s!

First may we thank you so much for being part of the community of St Luke’s Church and for all you contribute to our life here.  Without you we would be the poorer.

All we are and all that we have is a gift from God, and our faith is the grateful response of our hearts and lives to Him.  So we want to thank God and you!

What does it cost to finance the ministry of St Luke’s?

Our Annual Budget is over £150,000 per annum, or £3,000 per week.  This is raised only through the generosity of our members, numbering around 180, and from the giving of occasional visitors. We receive no outside funding.

Where does most of the money go?

About 50% of the budget is spent on what is called “The Parish Share.”  This sum is in the region of £75,000 per annum and goes to the Diocese of Salisbury to cover the salaries of the vicar and curate, housing and pension contributions, the training of clergy and lay people, central church mission initiatives, diocesan staffing and education and to help poorer parishes.  Now that we have a curate we are actually net receivers!   The money is allocated very carefully by the Church of England.

 What about staff costs?

At present about a very modest £25,000 goes on non-clergy staff salaries and National Insurance.  With some additional ministry expenses this accounts for about 20%.  We presently employ a part-time children’s and families minister and would love to take on other staff if that were possible.

Do we give money away?

Yes!  10% of giving income is sent to the Mission Societies and individuals we support like the Pains with OMF in Japan and the Whitehalls with CMS.  That accounts for around £15,000.  See the boards around the church.  Additionally we have an annual gift day when individuals can choose to support particular societies and causes.

What about the rest?

The remaining 20% or so covers everything else.   This includes items such as outreach, maintenance, capital expenditure, heating and lighting, insurance, worship resources, training, events, youth and children’s expenses etc.  So you will see we do manage our finances as tightly as possible and budget wisely.

Why should we give?

  • We give as a grateful response to God’s love & goodness (2 Corinthians  8:9)
  • We give to acknowledge that He is the owner of all things (Psalm 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 29:14).
  • We give because we believe in and want to further the mission and ministry of the church in Parkstone and beyond and support all that is going on.
  • Giving is good for us, makes us more like Christ and is liberating
  • God blesses us as we give and the material world releases its grip.
  • The Lord asks and expects his people to give.

How should I give and How much?

  “All should give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.”  Deuteronomy 16:17

“On the first day of the week, each of you is to put aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.”      1 Corinthians 16:2

It is right that our giving should be Generous, Regular, Planned and Proportionate.

How much we give is a personal matter, but the following might help:

  • God’s people in the Old Testament gave 10% + freewill offerings.
  • Many Christians give 10% of gross or net income.
  • Some give 5% of income to the Church and 5% to other good causes
  • Many poor people give generously and sacrificially from a small income, and yet discover God is faithful and brings much blessing.
  • God understands our own particular circumstances so don’t feel guilty!

At a practical level, Giving is best done through the following two ways

Bank Standing Order for monthly, quarterly or annual giving

The Envelope Scheme for regular weekly or monthly giving by cash or cheque

We do commend these methods.  Both can be coupled with Gift Aid which increases the church’s income by 25p for each £1 given by taxpayers (increasing our income by more than £20,000 each year).

 The Revd Chris Strain,

 Vicar St Luke’s Church Parkstone

A downloadable standing order form is available here.  Please contact the treasurer  (treasureratstlukesparkstonedotorgdotuk)   for more information. And thank you once again!

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Service Times & Map

Saturday October 21st

9.30am Prayer for renewal

Sunday October 22nd

9am Holy Communion (Common Worship)

10.30am Morning Worship

6.30pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday October 25th

9.30am Midweek worship

St Luke's Parish Office,
St Luke's Church,
Wellington Road,
BH14 9LF
Tel: 01202 717268