Money often feels like a taboo subject in church but unfortunately churches cannot run without it. There are significant costs to running a parish which cover things such as heating and lighting our buildings, supporting our community and contributing to our Diocese.
We see giving as another form of worship. We do it to glorify God by giving him our best offerings, much the way we do whilst singing in church of living every day as disciples. However you decide to give, we ask that you spend some time in prayer considering this.
You can donate to the church via cheque or bank transfer. Please make cheques payable to St. Nicholas' Church Cramlington and our bank details are as follows:
Bank: Charities' Aid Foundation (CAF) Bank Ltd, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4JQ
Account Name: The PCC of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Nicholas Cramlington
Account Number: 00032840
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Notes: Because CAF is not a major high-street bank, you may receive a warning that your bank cannot confirm our details. Please be assured that this account is genuine and please check the details carefully before submitting.
If you are making a donation for a specific purpose, please let the treasurer (John Brierley) know so that we use your donation correctly.
If you wish to make a donation regularly, we'd recommend setting up a direct debit or signing up to the Parish Giving Scheme. For more information please contact John Woodcock or the Parish Treasurer, John Brierley.
The Parish Giving Scheme is a national incentive paid for by the Church of England which takes some of the burden off parish treasurers and makes it easier for you to control your giving. We'd strongly recommend this as the easiest way of giving.
Parish Giving Scheme
PGS is a Church of England scheme which many members of our congregation already use. All you need to do is phone PGS on 0333 002 1271 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). When you call you will need the following:
Your personal bank details
The name of the parish (Cramlington St Nicholas Parish)
The PGS code for the parish (250625011)
PGS will ask how much you wish to give and how often. They offer to increase your donation each year in line with inflation but you are free to opt out if you prefer. (If you opt-in PGS will notify you beforehand where you can change your mind at any point!).
PGS will also ask if you pay income tax. If so they will reclaim the Gift Aid for us!
The Parish Giving Scheme does not cost you anything.
If you prefer to set up a Standing Order directly into the church's bank account without using PGS please contact our treasurer, John Brierley. If you pay income tax, please ask him about Gift Aid.
We no longer operate the "Blue Envelope" scheme as the number of people using the scheme has steadily declines and the scheme has become too expensive to operate.
If you pay tax, the value of your gift can be boosted by Gift-Aid. The best way to engage in giving back to the church is to sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme. This is a national incentive paid for by the Church of England which takes some of the burden off our treasurers and makes it easier to give. For more details, please email our Parish Treasurer, John Brierley.
You can also download a standing order and Gift-Aid form here. However, we'd strongly recommend the Parish Giving Scheme as the easiest and most sustainable way of giving.