Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
For disciples of Jesus, giving is an essential part of spiritual life and thanksgiving is at the heart of our worship, as everything we have is a gift to us from God. Giving provides us all with an opportunity to reflect and share in this generosity from God.
Our goal and purpose in this life is to open our hearts to the Lord so that the resources of His love can flow through our hands directly into the lives of others. Christian giving is also a duty laid on us by God, and to give cheerfully and liberally is to put scriptural principles into practice.
Lichfield Cathedral does not receive any direct government funding and needs to raise £1.8 million a year just to stay open for worship and for the benefit of all those that visit us. This does not include the costs associated with our duty to care for the Cathedral Close, to reach out, pastorally support and spread the word of God to our wider community and to preserve all the treasures that have been place in our stewardship.
Planned giving is the term we use to describe a committed, regular donation to Lichfield Cathedral, usually by standing order, or weekly envelope. Some churches refer to this type of giving as stewardship. Planned giving, as part of Lichfield Cathedral’s voluntary income, enables us to better plan and budget for the running and continued care of the Cathedral.
Our congregation and supporters are at the heart of our Cathedral and if you are already part of our planned giving programme, we would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank you for your generous support and for the difference you are already making to our work. If you are not yet a planned giving donor, we ask you to consider joining our scheme as an expression of your thankfulness for all that God gives to you.
The Power of Giving to Lichfield Cathedral
Gifts from those who support our planned giving programme are essential in enabling us to administer and develop our mission and ministry so that we can continue to provide a daily cycle of prayer and worship, maintain our excellent standards of music, deliver a varied programme of outreach and learning activities, conserve the beautifully unique fabric of the Cathedral, and, above all that we can remain open to everyone.
A gift through planned giving can be transformational for the Cathedral, ensuring that we are in a strong financial position to rise to the challenges that we may face in future years.
How to Give
There are a number of ways you can make a gift to the Planned Giving Programme.
This is an instruction from you to your bank to pay Lichfield Cathedral a set amount of your choice every month, quarter or year. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to give to the Cathedral. For more information call 01543 306100.
If you regularly attend services at Lichfield Cathedral and would prefer to donate by cash or cheque, we can issue you with a set of weekly blue envelopes to use. Each envelope is marked with the date to help you keep track of your contributions. If you are unable to attend and wish to catch up at any time, you can put more than one week’s envelope into the collection. For more information call 01543 306100.
Please consider Gift Aiding your donation
Whichever way you choose to support Lichfield Cathedral, if you are a UK tax payer please consider completing and returning a Gift Aid Declaration. This enables us to reclaim the tax on each of your donations at no cost to you but which does mean that we receive an additional 25p for every £1 you donate. For example, a gift of just £5 a week is worth £260 a year to the Cathedral, but this becomes £325 with gift aid.
In all aspects of our giving, be that in our time, money, hospitality and talents, God calls upon us to give generously. You can be sure that you are giving generously if:
- you set your gift in context with your income so that the percentage you give is a realistic amount that you review on a regular basis.
- you can see that your giving, in all its forms, has an impact on your lifestyle and that this enables you to identify an element of sacrifice to your giving.
- your giving is a priority from what you receive each week or month, rather than what is left over.
- what you give away was given back to you, it would make a real difference to you.
Generous giving leads us to respond spontaneously to the needs that we encounter and as Christians, giving requires us to give regularly, in a committed way, to our church and the causes that God has placed in our hearts. Generous giving responds to a generous God and, as we acknowledge God’s abundant blessing and provision, we give. First we give thanks, but then we are called to pass on God’s blessing to others.