A message from our Churchwardens and the Finance Committee:
‘Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who give regularly to St Roberts and helped us keep the ship afloat during the dark days of the COVID lock-downs.
St Robert’s Church is blessed with a strong and vibrant community. We bring people together in worship and fellowship, help nurture our young people and support those in need.
We are always here for you and everyone in and around Pannal and Burn Bridge. Our doors are always open.
However, these are challenging times, with the shadow of COVID-19 and the current problems of inflation and the cost of living still affecting us all in different ways, some visible and some invisible.
The reality is that whilst our finances have survived over the last few years, they remain under pressure as our income fell significantly, and our fundraising events and activities have only just been re-instated over the last few months. We were again unable last year to meet our Parish Share commitments, and we must try to ensure that this does not remain a continuing situation.
If you are in a position to do so, please would you review your regular giving and consider all the church brings to you, our community and those in need. If you don’t already give regularly, please reflect on this and whether you could start.’
Giving through the Parish Giving Scheme is the best way to help our church’s finances as it reduces the administrative burden, makes reclaiming gift aid easier and allows you to retain your privacy. It also offers you the option to increase your giving annually in line with inflation which means that giving can keep up with the increases in costs at church. Click on the logo to find out how it works.
You might like to hear briefly from our Bishop Rt Rev. Nick Baines or our former Vicar Rev. Nigel Sinclair (now at St Margaret’s, Horsforth) who share their thoughts on, and experiences of the scheme. Click on their pictures to see a short video (2 to 2½ mins)
If you are setting up planned giving for the first time ….or planning to switch from a current standing order to the direct debit scheme (which we would love you to do), you can choose from the following user-friendly methods to do so.
- Complete an application form online – use this button to go to the PGS site Parish Giving Scheme
- If you would like to speak to someone as you go, you can call 0333 002 1260, giving St Robert’s code number – 460646471 and complete the process very simply over the phone.
- If you would prefer to complete a form manually and send it in by post, you can collect an accredited form from the Church office between 9.30 and 12.00 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
If you would like to talk privately about giving, please contact our Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Iain Ward-Campbell, chair of the Finance Committee (email@example.com / 01423 870492)
As well as the Parish Giving Scheme for planned giving dealt with above, you can give to St Robert’s in other ways:
- Click here Donate now!! to make an immediate donation with your debit/credit card
- Use the church’s bank details to make a direct transfer from your bank account: Sort code – 40-52-40 Account number – 00026783
- Make out a cheque payable to ‘St Robert’s PCC’ and send to the Church Office, The Vicarage or the Treasurer
There are also many other ways you can help support St Robert’s with your time and skills. If you have any new ideas or skills you would like to offer, please contact either Revd John or Revd Nick.
Our church is dedicated to St. Robert (1160-1218) who was a local man. Read about him here
He supported those in need and found patrons to donate land and resources to support this Godly work.
Similarly, by supporting your church you are helping to secure the future mission and ministry of St Robert’s for this generation and generations to come.
You can give to many things, but the only people who will give to St Robert’s are the family of St Robert’s.