Giving at FBC
FBC’s income comes from those who are part of the FBC family. We do not receive any income from the Baptist Union. We are grateful to God for His provision through His people which enables us to continue the ministry of the church.
FBC is a registered charity and we file our annual accounts (which are independently examined) with the Charity Commission each year. The accounts can be read on the Commission’s website along with our annual report.
We have no “rules” as to what people should give to the church, but would point everyone to the words of the Apostle Paul:
Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6 – 8
(Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicised, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011)
As a church we apply God’s word through Paul by setting aside 20% of our general income to give outside of the church. You can see how this is used in the Missions section.
In addition we have one-off events where we raise funds for specific charities, we have appeals twice a year and we have a Remember the Poor Fund. You can read more about these below.
Giving to FBC
In 2017 our expenditure on running the church was a little under £200,000.
If you would like to give to the work of the church regularly by standing order please ask a member of the Welcome Team for a form. If you are a taxpayer and are able, it would increase your giving if you complete a gift aid form. Again, ask a member of the Welcome Team or contact the church office.
Gifts for the running of the church can also be given through the “post box” slot on the foyer.
Gifts for the church should not be put into the red bags used to take up offerings in services.
If you want to know more about regular giving or how the church is financed, please contact Derek Witt, our Deacon for Finance.
Remember the Poor
Generally offerings made during our services go to our 'Remember the Poor Fund' - a set-aside fund where everything given is allocated to help those in need in the UK and overseas.
Money has been given to local families to provide food hampers and furniture, and local schools have been given some money to form a hardship fund for their students so that they can respond quickly to needs when they arise. Money has also been given away in response to appeals around the world via organisations such as the Baptist Missionary Society, Tearfund and WaterAid.
If you know of any local needs or projects abroad that need some money then please contact the church office who can pass on the information to the RTP team to consider.
Twice a year we have appeals to support specific charities. These are generally in June and December. For these 2 months offerings taken up in services go to the appeal rather than the Remember the Poor Fund.
Details of the appeals will be given in notices and in the services.
We also support the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.
One Off Events
We have held a number of different events which raised money for other charities. Some examples are a Ladies Vintage Afternoon tea, an Indonesian Evening, a Curry Night, a Plant Sale, a Macmillan Coffee morning.
In addition to monetary giving, we also collect good quality non-perishable goods for the Besom in Camberley. The Besom is a nationwide charity which provides food, baby packs and household starter packs to families and single people who have been homeless. All donations can be left in the box marked for the purpose in the foyer.