Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

Giving to your parish

We need your help. We rely on your generosity to keep our two churches going and to provide the services that we provide to the community. In addition, parishes pay a certain regular amount to the Diocese in order to support poor parishes, and to fund Diocesan services.  There are various ways that you can donate:

Via Diocesan Website

You can make donations online, via the Diocese of Westminster website.

Via Mobile Texting

By using your mobile telephone, you can now text £5 as an offering to help support the running costs, ministries and programmes, or the cost of maintenance and repairs of our buildings

Simply text “Parish BORWN” for SSJFTM and “Parish BORWD” for St T to 70800 and £5 will be added automatically to your phone bill and the donation will come directly to the parish of your choice.

This is a great way to provide an offering if you’ve traditionally given loose coins from your pocket. And if you give already by envelope or standing order, this is a great way to make supplemental “thank offering” or special gifts when inspired.

Our parish receives 97p for every pound donated.

We assure you that:

  • text donations are authorised by the parish and diocese
  • text donations are totally safe and convenient
  • you will not receive unsolicited calls or spam texts
  • you will not be bothered and there is nothing to sign up for or log into.

Planned Giving

Standing Order

This is the most effective way of giving. Less hassle and less paperwork. If you have a current account, the best and most effective way to give regularly is by standing order. You just need to complete a simple form, with the amount you wish to give weekly or monthly. You then send the form back to us in the parish office and we will forward it to your bank. Only the parish and accountant will see this information.

Weekly Giving Envelopes

If you prefer, you can have a special set of envelopes which have the dates of every Sunday on them. You just put your weekly gift in the dated envelope and place it in the collection on Sunday. However, to make this work as planned giving, if you miss church one week, simply put that week’s donation in the following week’s envelop. You can apply at the parish office for this way of giving and we will send you the form.

Gift Aid

If you pay income tax then you can cover all donations made by standing order and weekly envelopes with a Gift Aid form. Once you have filled one in, we can claim back 25p for every £1 you give from the taxman at no extra cost to yourself. For example, if you gave £10 per week, that would total £520 in a year and we would then be able to claim and extra £130 back. It makes a big difference. You can ask the gift aid form to be sent to you.

Wills and Legacies

Legacies in Wills are a good source of income for your church. They give an opportunity to say thank you for the care and support, love and friendship you have received from your church over the years. They can also a benefit to your estate. As property prices increase more people are potentially becoming liable to pay inheritance tax. This tax can be legitimately avoided or reduced through proper tax planning, including charitable gifts. Wouldn’t you rather benefit your parish church for many years instead of possibly yet more tax when you die?

What is a legacy?

Legacies to the church or charities are a means of leaving them a proportion of your assets after you have died.

Everyone should consider leaving a legacy – it’s not just for those we think are ‘rich’. Christians are called to give generously during their lifetime as a response to God’s love, but legacies are a means of expressing generosity at a level which many not have been possible earlier in life. For more information about Legacies and Wills, please contact the parish office, who will refer you to our diocesan representative on Legacies and Wills.

How do I make or amend my Will?

If you have already made a Will, you will need to keep it up to date as you get older and a new Will can be made at any time. More simply, you can add charitable legacies to your Will by consulting your solicitor about a short codicil.

For more information contact the parish office or:

  • Office of Fundraising & Stewardship, Vaughan House
  • Telephone 020 7798 9375
  • Email: legacies@rcdow.org.uk