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.
Supporting Your Parish - information on how to make online payments can be found here.
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, Damian Barsoum, at email@example.com or via the Parish Office.
CONTACTLESS GIVING AT ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH
We have introduced a contactless payment system at St Joseph’s which parishioners can use to make their offering. A card reader is situated on a stand in each porch at all weekend Masses. You simply tap to donate, choosing the amount you would like to give, then when asked simply hold your card to the reader, listen for the beep, and your payment is done. If you prefer, there is the option to insert your card into the payment device and enter your PIN to make a payment.
If you wish, you can register your card for Gift Aid. This takes a little bit longer, but you only have to do it once. When you have registered your card, the card reader will recognise it the next time you make a payment.
*Note: Unfortunately, this facility is not available at The Most Holy Name in Denham as there is no internet connection at the church.
The Furniture Market is open every Saturday morning from 9am-12.30pm in the building behind the Parish Centre. Furniture donated to the Market is sold and the proceeds are 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 delivery can be arranged. For furniture donations please call in to the Market on a Saturday morning with the item or with a photo of bigger pieces of furniture.
The Furniture Market can always use extra help especially from able-bodied people. They can help on a Saturday morning at the Market for about 4 hours, or when making deliveries and collections on occasional Tuesday and Thursday evenings for up to two hours. Anyone (usually aged under 70) willing to drive the van on any of these days would be a great help to the volunteers. There is a monthly rota for all helpers, so duties are shared out over the month..
For general enquiries or to volunteer please come along to the Market or please contact the Furniture Market chairman via the Parish Office 01753 8866581. Please be sure to leave a message if no one is available to take your call. We can also be contacted on our new email address (December 2022): firstname.lastname@example.org. Our postal address is St Joseph's Furniture Market c/o St Joseph's Parish, Bull Lane, Chalfont St Peter SL9 8RY.
The Furniture Market can also be found on Facebook.
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)