Our Giving

 

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Our total income in 2017 was £79.8k. Of this 22% was made up of collections from the congregation, which were used to cover the cost of ministry and maintenance of our buildings. A further 56% represented monies raised to support outside causes. The balance came from our social and fund raising activities, hall lettings and a grant towards the building of our new Garden Room.

Our support for outside causes came in many guises but the two largest elements of which were geared towards providing monetary gifts to The Hope & Faith Community School in Zambia and The Oxford Friends of Hope and Faith. The Epiphany Project which raises money by regular monthly giving from members and friends to cover the donations made for the ongoing work and maintenance of the school; A separate committee has been established within the church to support students and teachers who wish to undertake further education. In 2017 we supported these students by the purchase of laptops; we assisted a young man to set up his motor mechanics business after he had completed his course which has also sponsored; we provided funds for a women’s business centre to purchase sewing machines and knitting machines and other equipment and we set up a fund to assist those students on courses with their daily maintenance needs.

Each month during our communion service an additional collection is made to our Benevolent Fund. Each quarter this fund is distributed to local charities that were nominated at the end of the previous year. These charities tend to change each year with the exception of an ongoing commitment to The Abbeyfield Society, which is located in Cumnor village and where we also take a monthly service for the residents. Also during these communion services we accept donations of food and sundry items for the Community Food Bank and Asylum Welcome. We have special collections for the United Reformed Church Commitment for Life world development programme at Easter and in the autumn. Participating churches are encouraged to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in the four partner countries of Bangladesh, Central America, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, and Zimbabwe. The United Reformed Church works in partnership with Christian Aid and The World Development Movement raising over half a million pounds a year from contributing churches.  Other donations we make from our general funds include support to the Oxford Street Pastors. At our annual Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight service the collection goes towards homeless people in Oxford. Finally, special collections are taken from time to time as required for the Disasters Emergency Committee Fund.