There are five ways to give:
1) Put cash
or cheque in the offering bag every Sunday.
2) Set up an Automatic Payment at your bank or on-line, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Many do this and it has helped a lot during the lockdowns.
3) Ask Glenys Skudder for some numbered envelopes, then each Sunday put cash in the dated envelope and put it in the offering bag during the service.
St Andrews’ bank account is 02-0112-0024701-00 If you use envelopes or an AP, in April each year you will get a receipt for the amount donated during the year and you can claim a tax rebate from the IRD.
4) Make a one-off donation online to the bank account above.
5) Leave a bequest in your Will: (Probable union of St Andrews with St Aidans may complicate this. Check with your lawyer.)
A bequest is an easy way to support the work and mission of St Andrews after you die. You can, if you wish, decide how you want the bequest to be used, or you can leave that for the Church Council to decide. It is possible for a bequest to continue to provide valuable support long after the gift has been received. The recent total refurbishment of the worship sanctuary was possible because of bequests from several former members/worshippers.
If you already have a Will
If you would like to include a bequest to St Andrews in your existing Will, you can make a simple modification by adding a codicil (a codicil is a supplement to a Will that is intended to alter or modify it). To make sure your codicil is legal, we recommend it is checked and approved by a legal adviser. It must be dated and signed by you in the presence of two witnesses.
If you don’t have a Will
A Will is an important legal document so it should be prepared by a legal professional. It’s important to discuss options and specific wording with your legal adviser to make sure your Will reflects your wishes clearly, giving specific guidance on how you want your assets and personal belongings distributed when you die.
Wording for a bequest
Here’s a suggestion for an accepted form of words that can be used to leave a bequest to St Andrews:
“I give and bequeath the sum of $_____________ (or) __________ % of my estate, (or) residue of my estate, (or) property (or) assets as follows
free of all charges, to St Andrews Presbyterian Church Birkenhead, to be used as the Church decides for the furtherance of its mission. The official receipt of the authorised officer of the Church is an absolute discharge to my executors.”
Download here: FORM OF BEQUEST StA