Members of SLBC contribute to the life and work of the church in many different ways. Christians believe that everything we have comes from God. We want to do what he
wants with all areas of our lives, including our money, time, relationships, sex, etc. Our money and how we use it is inextricably linked to who we are.
We want to grow up to be content with what we have in a culture that encourages us always to want more. We want to learn to have giving at the centre of who we are, including giving money. The Church has historically taught that it's good to give away 10% of income on the basis of the Old Testament concept of a 'tithe', but we live under grace not law - we think Christians should give generously, extravagantly, and in response to what the Holy Spirit is saying.
It's normal to give to the church that you're part of, to the needs of the poor, and maybe to other Christian organisations. We've found that for most people the easiest way of making sure they do give is to set up regular standing orders, and then to give on top of that from time to time.
Over 20% of SLBC’s annual budget is given away to particular Mission
organisations and missionaries around the world but we believe all of SLBC’s budget is invested in the growth of God's Kingdom.
How can I give to the work of SLBC?
There are two ways to do this:
- By setting up a standing order with your bank - giving forms are available from the church. If you would like details on how to set this up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Through your employers payroll giving scheme (this only applies if your employer runs such a scheme - your Human Resources department can provide details on this).
Other ways to give:
- A regular collection is taken at all Sunday services. If you would like to send us a cheque, please make it payable Southborough
Lane Baptist Church and send it the Church office.
- You may also like to consider making a donation to SLBC in your will. Please ask your solicitor when you make or change your will, or ask us for more information.
Tax Efficient Giving:
If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim back the basic rate tax, you will need to fill in, sign and return to us an ongoing Gift Aid declaration if you have not done so already. The benefit to SLBC is that it can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given. (If you pay higher rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return.)