COME AND WORSHIP At heart we are a worshipping community. Christians and those who are just wondering, gather together in Jesus’ name to offer praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, to seek God’s love and forgiveness, and to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. The writer of the New Testament letter ‘Hebrews’ exhorts us to meet together to encourage one another and to ’motivate one another to acts of love and good works.’ Please come and join us at any of our services and allow us to encourage you at whatever stage you may be on your spiritual journey and for you to bring encouragement to us.
For some people a really great way of getting to know others is by getting involved in the many activities that form part of the life of the church or supporting it. By volunteering you will help to spread the work and will make new friends and, above all, you will be playing your part in making our parish “a relevant focus of spiritual growth and Christ's love”, a rich reward indeed.
There is a huge variety of ways in which you can do this depending on your gifts and abilities and the time you have available. It is voluntary members of the church who assist at services in many different ways, provide refreshments, help out in practical ways to maintain the buildings and the grounds, provide administrative assistance, help visit and prepare families bringing children for baptism, help run small groups, arrange flowers, assist with groups for our children and contribute in other ways too numerous to list.
All this might sound like hard work, (sometimes it is!) but it is satisfying to see the church community prosper and helps all of us involved to meet new people and feel we belong. So, when you are ready, please do volunteer to help out in some way - the churchwardens or any of the contacts listed here would be delighted to talk further with you.
Virtually all our income comes from the voluntary giving of members and visitors or through fund-raising events. We receive no money from government subsidy or grants from the wider church. Most services include an opportunity to give a one-off donation, but we hope that you will wish to support us regularly though a gift-aided standing order.
You can download our donation forms, one for regular giving here>> and one for 'one-off' gifts here>>. We are a registered charity and, therefore, under the Gift Aid scheme, for every £ donated, we can claim a further 25p from the Inland Revenue if you are a UK tax payer. This makes an enormous difference, all we need are your details on the donation form. For further details please speak to our Treasurer or any of the Churchwardens.
CORONAVIRUS - FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS Even though the lockdown has been lifted on using our churches it has created a major financial burden for the church. Income from the hiring of our halls and church buildings; weddings and other special services; social events and fundraisers; and the collections at normal church services; are all well down (or zero) this year for obvious reasons.
If you would like to continue to support us financially, there are several ways that you can give:
To give regularly, telephone the Parish Giving scheme at on 0333 002 1271. Tell them how much you want to give, how often and that you want to give to Burchetts Green Parish and they will arrange it for you or go online to them at https://www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk/
For one off donations either simply post a cheque to the Parish Office or put it through the Soltau Centre door.
Or simply text 70085 and enter PRAISEGOD and the amount you want to give. (e.g. PRAISEGOD 10 for a £10 donation (£20 maximum)).