At King’s, our giving is as much a part of our worship as our singing.
Both are simply a response to what Jesus has done for us. All of our pastoral ministries, our staff costs and our outreach into Wycombe and overseas are paid for by financial gifts from the church. So at King’s we believe in giving regularly, generously, joyfully and sacrificially, knowing we’re advancing the kingdom. Click here for guidelines about this heart issue.
Click here to find out more about the money we have received and how it has been spent.
If you’d like to give to King’s, there are several ways to do it.
If you are registered for online banking you can use your own bank’s online services to ‘make a payment’. Our bank details are:
Account Name: King’s Church High Wycombe
Account no.: 95126177
Sort Code: 40-38-04
Please use your surname and initials as your reference when doing transfers and email email@example.com to let us know you’ve set up a new transfer.
If you give on a regular basis, you might like to consider setting up a Standing Order. This really helps us with our planning and budgeting. You can set this up directly with your own bank online, over the phone or in person at the bank. Please use our bank account details given above.
Give by debit/credit card*
Give by text**
Text KCHWGIFT followed by the amount you wish to give, e.g. KCHWGIFT 20 to donate £20, to 70085.
* iKnow will deduct 35 pence for each transaction, plus 1.5% for any gift by debit card and 2.5% for any gift by credit card, to cover their overheads.
** Texts cost the amount of your gift plus one standard rate message. Donr will deduct 5% of each transaction to cover their overheads. Please note that a maximum of £20 per text message and a maximum of £30 per day applies.
However you choose to give, as long as you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid enables you to boost the value of your donations by 25p for every £1 given. That means a £10 donation becomes £12.50, or a £100 donation becomes £125 and so on – at no additional cost to you. What a totally brilliant scheme.
If you haven’t already set this up and are eligible, and you’d like to maximise your giving this way, please complete a Gift Aid Declaration form, available from the church office or via the link here.
You only need to do this once and as long as we can identify your future gifts as coming from you, we will automatically request the Gift Aid on your behalf.
When you shop at over 4,400 top stores including John Lewis & Partners, Expedia and Marks & Spencer via Give as you Live Online, they’ll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us!
Simply sign up, search for the retailer and start shopping. It’s that simple!
Twice a year, we hold a Gift Day.
This video explains more…
Once a year it’s worth reviewing your giving to reflect any increase you have experienced in your income.
Total Income including Sunday offerings, electronic transfers and gift aid claims plus rental income of King’s facilities, amounted to £911,364 for the year 2019-20. This was £67,585 (8.0%) and £72,886 (8.7%) above the Budget and Prior Year, respectively. Although COVID–19 did impact income negatively during the 2nd half of the year, as rental income ceased and some regular giving declined, the full year results benefitted both from a strong first half and some substantial one–off gifts including a total of £48,811 donated to the Generosity Offering launched in May.
In addition, a further £40,592 was donated during the year to support other works including our Hope Initiative (to support the poor both inside and outside the church), King’s Church Kathmandu in Nepal, Azalea and our CAP (Christians against Poverty) Debt Relief Centre. The latter has now assisted a total of 64 families to become debt free; King’s Table has provided meals and support for those struggling with homelessness and life–controlling addictions; Azalea began in-person, street outreach in September 2020 to support women caught up in commercial sexual exploitation; King’s Church Kathmandu has assisted some of the poorest families afflicted by the COVID-19 restrictions in the Nepali capital.
We again thank everyone for their generous and sacrificial giving which has been hugely encouraging.
This income enabled us to support all of our pastoral, children’s, youth and young people’s work as well as our overseas mission (in Nepal, the Middle East and Africa) and social action ministries.
Total Expenditure for the year was £860,646: this was £90,455 (9.5%) and £93,313 (9.8%) below Budget and Prior Year respectively owing to the adoption of an intentionally cautious approach caused by lockdown. Facilities spend of £187,600 (22%) comprises the total cost of running the King’s Centre and our Hazlemere Site (up to March 2020 for the latter). It also includes filming equipment purchased to facilitate our Sunday online meetings (triggered by the lockdown), as well as roof repairs for the auditorium of the King’s Centre. Administration and finance costs amounted to £143,400, or 17% of total spend.
The remaining 61% of our expenditure (£529,600) includes all costs (including employment costs) of £229,300 (27%) for pastoral and discipleship; £114,200 (13%) for youth, young people’s and children’s work. Finally, a total of £186,100 (21%) of expenditure was invested by the church into mission, outreach and social action.
Within these activities, a number of gifts totalling £69,900 were made from the Generosity Offering and other special donations. These gifts included Nepal (£23,788), Azalea (£10,000), Vision Fund incorporating Kings Table (£21,165), and other gifts to WYHOC, One Can and Catalyst’s (Newfrontiers) Covid Fund amounted to £14,930. Furthermore, struggling families from two local schools were provided with Hope Boxes (including food and basic provisions) during the school summer holidays, as were a number of local refugee families.
Total Income less Total Expenditure resulted in a welcome Surplus of £50,718 for the financial year. This will be used towards the refurbishment of West End Hall, and to buffer the church’s finances in the current financial year from potential difficulties caused by on-going COVID-19 restrictions.
“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.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
A heart issue
Jesus talked about money more than he talked about virtually any other topic. And so we believe that giving is an essential part of our discipleship and our relationship with God. Primarily, giving is a heart issue. While giving would be an expectation of commitment to the church, it’s not forced and it’s not a subscription fee! None of the leaders of the church know who gives what, or who gives at all. However, as Tim Keller says, “There will be no significant spiritual growth in your life unless you put money and your attitude towards it into God’s hands.”
The blessing of giving
We believe that it’s actually a blessing and a privilege to give to the work of the church and God’s Kingdom. The apostle Paul writes: “But since you excel in everything… see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8:7) Giving is not a legalistic thing – it is a reflection of God’s grace – we can never out-give God. Giving is a privilege, a joy and a great investment.
What to give
We believe the Bible teaches the following principles about giving:
- Everything you have belongs to God (Ps 24:1) – He is the owner, we are the stewards
- Give first to God rather than what you have left – the principle of ‘firstfruits’ runs throughout the Bible
- Giving should be regular*, systematic and proportional to your income (1 Cor 16:1–2)
- Many people find the ‘tithe’ (10%) to be a helpful guideline. However, this is not a rule – the New Testament emphasis is that what you give should be generous and sacrificial (eg 2 Cor 8:1–7) – so the question is, what is generous and sacrificial for you?
- God provides when we give generously so we can continue to give generously (2 Cor 9:6–11)
- Giving and generosity is the one area in which God invites His people to put Him to the test (Malachi 3:10)
Give out of what you have
We recognise that your personal circumstances will affect how you are able to give. If this is a difficult time for you financially, please do not feel under any obligation – we believe you should only give out of what you have. Feel free to talk to a leader if you are struggling with debt.