We don't tend to talk much about money as a church as it can be off-putting for visitors and we never want people to feel under pressure. However, giving is an important part of discipleship and the Bible talks a lot about how individual Christians should use their money.
Everything we have belongs to God and we are responsible for administering it wisely. Giving to God's work is one of the ways this is worked out. Our motivation for giving money is important to God. Thankfulness, faith in God as our provider, giving as an act of worship and obedience to God, generosity and love are all motives we believe are in line with the Bible's teaching (2 Corinthians 8: 7 and 9: 6-15).
The Bible also teaches that Christians should support God's work willingly, cheerfully, generously, regularly and in proportion to their income and resources (1 Corinthians 16: 1-2 and 2 Corinthians 8: 3, 12). Many Christians use tithing (giving a tenth of their income) as a guideline. This is a principle referred to in the Bible (e.g. Malachi 3: 10-12). Some Christians may be able to regularly give more than a tithe and all Christians should consider giving more from time to time to meet particular needs or in thankfulness for particular blessings.
The church budget is about £350,000. More than 80% of this is given by members of the congregation and the remainder comes from investments and room lettings. The money is used to pay staff, provide resources for our activities and to run and maintain our buildings. We try to be a generous church, giving 15% of our income away and also helping those connected to the Church who are facing severe financial difficulties.
How can I give?
Gifts may be made by direct transfer from your bank to the following account:
- Bank: CAF Bank
- Account Name: Upton Vale Baptist Church
- Sort Code: 40 52 40
- Account Number: 00021384
Unless otherwise specified all gifts will be used for general purposes.
Cheques and Cash
Gifts can be placed in collection trays at our Sunday services or posted to the Church Office (St Marychurch Road, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3HY). Cheques should be made payable to 'Upton Vale Baptist Church'. At our morning communion services we take a special offering for our Pastoral Fund which supports people connected to the Church who are in particular need.
Weekly or Monthly Envelope
What about Gift Aid?
Alternatively, cash and cheque gifts can be placed in the offering plate in a white gift aid envelope which has been completed and signed by you. These envelopes can be found in the pews upstairs or seat pockets downstairs.