Our Giving

Our total income in 2014 was £37,000. Of this 48% was made up of collections from the congregation, which were used to cover the cost of ministry and maintenance of our buildings. A further 33% represented monies raised to support outside causes. The balance came from our social and fund raising activities and hall lettings.

Our support for outside causes came in many guises the largest of which is geared towards providing monetary gifts to The Hope & Faith Community School in Zambia. There are two elements of this giving; 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; Special events and fund raising to provide sponsorship to further the education of teachers and pupils alike. Farmer Gow's

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 Cumnor Youthwork Project and 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.

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