We are very grateful for those who give to the ministry of Trinity Church, not only with money but also with their time. Having read this you may want to give more or to start giving for the first time.
Giving your time
How might you use your time in God’s service ? Please get in touch or speak to your group leader if you’d like some ideas.
Almost all our income comes from donations made by members of the congregation or other well-wishers. Tax refunds from donations made under Gift Aid are also an important source of funding.
Our clergy are paid directly by the Church of England. We, along with all the other churches in the Diocese of Exeter, contribute to a central fund called the Common Fund or Parish Share. The clergy are then paid out of this fund. What each church contributes is based on the size of the congregation. The more people you have, the more you pay in. This way bigger churches are supported by smaller churches. We currently get more benefit from this scheme than we pay in.
What is it spent on?
40% our income goes on the Common Fund or Parish share. 20% goes on staff salaries and 14% on hire of premises. The remaining 26% goes on supporting our mission partners, parish projects like Holiday club and day to day running costs.
We have a team of people who help manage spending. Legally, the PCC is responsible for the finances of the parish. Although these responsibilities are executed by the churchwardens, all PCC members must share in the oversight.
Our Treasurer is there to ensure the financial decisions made by the PCC are carried out. They also communicate the financial position of the church with the church family, PCC and other outside agencies like the Diocese of Exeter and the Charity Commission
We are also blessed to have an assistant treasurer who manages the day-to-day financial administration and a Finance Sub Committee who support the treasurer with their role.
How to give
The most helpful way to give is in a regular committed way, such as a standing order. This allows us to plan our finances much more easily. Please download a giving response form and send it to the Financial Administrator.
Other ways to give
- Offertory Box – if you are unable to set up a regular gift by standing order then you can use the offertory box to make one off gifts by cash or cheque.
- Bank Transfer – You can transfer gifts directly to the church bank account through a bank transfer. Please download the giving response form for instructions on how to do this.
- You can give using a debit or credit card by following the link to our stewardship giving page
Gifts in your will – Please contact our treasurer using firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 494842 if you would like to leave a gift to Trinity in your will.
If you are a UK taxpayer, we would encourage you to complete a Gift Aid declaration as this increases the value of your donation by 25% because we claim back the tax you have paid. You can complete the gift aid form here . Please complete the relevant section of the giving response form and make sure that we know that every gift you make is from you. Please note that to qualify for Gift Aid you must pay UK income and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax reclaimed on your donations.
The Gift Aid declaration form can be found here .
Changes in giving
For any of the following please contact the treasurer
- If you would like to change the level of your giving, please use our giving response form.
- If you decide to stop giving or no longer want Trinity Exeter to be able to claim Gift Aid.
- If your name or address changes