Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland: Scottish Charity number SC035073
The work of Old High St Stephen’s Church within the parish itself and in the wider world is only made possible by the generous donations of its members and other donors. Your giving sustains our Minister and Pastoral Assistant, and the wider work of the Church of Scotland.
Our parish ministry is measured in every ill person visited, every bereaved family comforted, every funeral conducted, every baptism celebrated, every sermon preached, communion celebrated fellowship shared, outreach and service to our city. You are also sustaining our church buildings – the Grade A listed Old High Church, the Old High Halls in Academy Street, and St Stephen’s and its hall.
Here are some ways you can give to the church:
The Gift Aid scheme allows us to recover some of the tax you have already paid. For every pound given by Gift Aid it is possible to recover around 20p from HMRC (The Tax Man). This is an absolutely essential part of our total income. The only further involvement you will have is to remember to enter the amount you give in the relevant part of your tax return, if you make one. The Gift Aid treasurer will acknowledge your payment on an annual basis. The tax recovery from HMRC itself is all done for you.
In order for the Church to benefit by Gift Aid, the Church is required to have an audit trail, i.e. we have to know when and how much has been paid in any one year before a claim is made. In order to do this, payment has to be either by Bankers Order, by means of the weekly offering envelopes, or, in the case of a ‘one-off’ donation, by cheque or bank payment.
For regular giving, please consider using a Standing Order. This saves us having to handle offering money at the church on a Sunday, and guarantees a regular income to the church, helping out Treasurer to plan more accurately. This way, you set up a regular amount which your bank will automatically transfer. You can alter or stop the Standing Order whenever you wish. We will provide a form which you can fill in and give to your bank- just get in touch with us to learn more.
Leaving a legacy in your will
The work of the Church has been assisted greatly by many generous gifts in the wills of members, adherents and supporters. If you wish to make a gift in your will to support the work of the Church, it can support your local congregation or the work of a particular council or the work of the Church of Scotland in general. A gift to the Church in your Will is exempt from Inheritance Tax. Our treasurer is happy to advise on this, and other matters concerning giving to the Church.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about Standing Orders, Gift Aid, making a one off donation, or leaving a legacy in your will.