Charitable giving

Besides the Church Charity, there are three other ways in which the church gives to charity.

First, we give away 10% of our ordinary income (church offertory together with its Gift Aid tax refund). See below for what happened in the last completed church financial year (2011-12).

Second, we make a collection for the Methodist Relief & Development Fund whenever there is an appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee. Recently we sent money for relief efforts to counter the effects of the famine in Somalia.

Third, the church organises annual house-to-house collections for Christian Aid and Action for Children (previously NCH) and we normally donate our Christmas Day offertory to Action for Children. The Beeston Benevolent Society’s Carol Choir also collects money at Christmas for local beneficiaries.

Donations from church income (2011-12)

Each year the church donates 10% of its ordinary income (including the tax relief on gift-aided offertories) to Methodist funds, to local and overseas Methodist groups, and to non-Methodist charities and groups suggested by the congregation.

Many individuals and church groups make their own donations to their favourite charities, so the bulk of our money goes to mainstream Methodist funds.

Methodist
Methodist Church Fund for World Mission
including Easter Offering
£3,450
Mission in Britain £1,750
Methodist Relief & Development Fund £750
Methodist Church Fund for Property £500
NCH Action for Children £400
Queenswood Amenity Fund £150
Fund for support of Presbyters and Deacons £150
LWPT £100
Grace worker £100
Methodist Ministers Housing Society £150
World Methodist Council Achieving the Vision appeal £150
Other
Hope café £400
Broxtowe Women’s Project £200
Alzheimer’s Society £150
Gitare School, Kenya £200
The Friary Drop-in Centre £200
Home-Start Nottingham £100
The Samaritans £200
New Beginnings Art Group £200
TOTAL £9,000