At Gateway we love to encourage cheerful generosity in all areas of our lives as an act of worship to God (Romans 12:1). Giving financially to the church is one of the ways to do that (2 Corinthians 9:7), as well as supporting our God-given vision.
how can i give?
1. give online
Set up secure one-off or regular giving through ChurchSuite. Please note, when donating via ChurchSuite, a 2.5% transaction fee will be deducted from the donation. If giving regularly, we would encourage you to consider setting up a direct debit as a bank transfer (see below).
2. bank transfer
Send Lizzy Bird an email to receive information on how to set-up a bank transfer.
Setting Up a Bank Transfer
3. sunday offerings
There’s an opportunity to give financially as part of your worship during every Sunday gathering. Just place your cheque or cash into the secure box at the side of the room (the gathering leader or host will point out where this is). On the same table as the box you will find more information about giving via bank transfer if you prefer to do this.
If you give via Payroll Giving then, because you are giving ‘pre-tax’, you are able to pass on the full benefit of your tax to Gateway immediately; so, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, Gateway will receive 42p more per £1 of donation and, for additional rate taxpayers, Gateway will receive 57p more per £1 of donation than if you give through Gift Aid. Because these donations are made ‘pre-tax’, Gateway does not have to reclaim the tax that you pay via Gift Aid. This means that you have to build in the ‘tax-back’ element to your donation.
For example, if you are a higher rate taxpayer and currently give Gateway £300 a month, Gateway is able to claim £75 of your tax back via Gift Aid. If you donate £500 via Payroll Giving you will receive £300 less pay each month, meaning your £500 donation will cost you the same as your current giving, but Gateway will receive £125 more. The same result can be achieved by your filling in a self-assessment tax return and re-claiming the difference between the tax recovered via gift aid and the tax the you have actually paid. However, this requires you to actually fill in a tax return and takes longer for the gift to be received. Please speak to a member of your payroll staff if this is something you are keen to do.
Special Offerings and the fundraising regulator
Once or twice a year we usually take a “Special Offering”, where we raise money to give, over and above our regular gifts, towards a specific goal or project. In the past, this has included raising finance for renovating St Mark’s so we could move in permanently, initiating and supporting a school-building project in Uganda, creating a community grants scheme to support local charities and other initiatives, and bringing new staff members onto our team.
When collecting donations for special offerings we adhere to the code of fundraising practise as we are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.