All that we have, our time, talents and money, are God’s gift to us. What we do with these gifts is our gift back to God. Continue to pray about how you can give back to God and consider:
Your Time – Many roles within the parish are fulfilled by volunteers – we could not function without them. We have lots of different areas and types of tasks available, so there is something to suit everyone no matter how much (or little) time you can offer.
Your Talents – We have been given gifts from God. Think about how you can use them for the parish. They can be anything from practical skills, to life experiences, to skills from your job, to your passions and hobbies.
Your Money – Giving financially to the parish supports the time and talents people give. Money can help to grow the church. If you can, please gift aid any money you give and preferably make your offering by standing order as it helps our administration.
You’re never too young or too old to get involved in parish life, so why not join in, meet new people, enjoy friendship and strengthen our community. Live your faith!
Spend a moment reflecting on your own giving thinking about what you currently give - money, yes; but also time, or hospitality, or by using the skills and talents God has given to you.
GIFT AID AND PLANNED GIVING
Make your donation to the church go further at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid is a Government run scheme that allows us to reclaim the tax on your donation. For every £1 you donate, we get an extra 25p back, significantly increasing the value of your donation. The only condition is that you are a UK taxpayer.
Gift Aid Declaration Forms can be printed below, with paper copies available from the Parish Office. It takes just a few minutes to complete this short form and once completed, the parish can then reclaim the tax on donations made via Offertory Envelopes or by Standing Order.
Gift Aid Declaration Form
The Gift Aid Declaration form can be downloaded from here. Please read carefully then complete and return to the Parish Office
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and/or direct any queries to our Gift Aid Co-ordinator, Simon Hardcastle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Parish Office.
CLOSED – St Joseph’s Furniture Market regrets that due to the coronavirus pandemic we are having to close down until such time as matters improve. This therefore means we are unable to collect any furniture. Please do not leave any items outside the market as they will not be taken in. We thank you for your understanding in these exceptional times and we will re-open in due course when it is deemed safe to do so. You may find updates on our Facebook page or you can email us at email@example.com.
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The Furniture Market is open every Saturday morning from 9am to 12:30pm in the building behind the Parish Centre. Furniture donated to the market is sold and the proceeds distributed to local charities and St Joseph’s Parish. The funds raised are a very important part of the parish finances.
Donations of furniture in good condition are always welcome; collection and deliveries can be arranged. The Furniture Market can always use extra able-bodied help – a once a month commitment for about four hours would be of great value and an enjoyable way to help the parish and meet people.
For furniture donations please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For general enquiries or to volunteer help please contact the Furniture Market Chairman via the Parish Office. The Furniture Market can also be found on Facebook using the link at the bottom of this page.
MASS COLLECTORS & COUNTERS
Two Mass collectors are needed for each Mass. Volunteers to make a rota would make it easier for everyone. Please contact the Parish Office if you are able to assist.
Counters work on an eight week rota. The job is very straightforward and the commitment is just six times per year. We would welcome new members - please contact the Parish Office if you can help.
The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9 v6-7)