Our Giving

 

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Our total income in 2018 was £76.6k. Of this 22% was made up of collections from the congregation, which were used to cover the cost of ministry and maintenance of our buildings. A further 67% 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 but the two largest elements of which were geared towards providing monetary gifts to The Hope & Faith Community School in Zambia and The Oxford Friends of Hope and Faith. 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; A separate committee has been established to support students and teachers who wish to undertake further education by funding their college fees as well as accommodation costs where appropriate and examination fees. In 2018 we supported these students by the purchase of laptops; we provided funds for a women’s business centre to purchase sewing machines and knitting machines and other equipment. We also have a fund to assist students on courses with their daily maintenance needs. In addition to the above, we have been able through a generous donation to purchase additional land for future expansion at the school. We have also been able to fund, with the assistance of the Friends of Hope & Faith School, Isle of Skye, the installation of gas supplies to the newly built science labs.

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. 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.  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.