How is Christ Church funded?
Many people may not know how Christ Church finances the running of all the things that take place in our church. The short answer is that the great majority – nearly 90% or so – of our annual costs is given by the members who come to the church.The remainder is largely income from the users who hire the church hall or other parts of our buildings.
Without the generosity of the church family and supporters we would be unable to run all the things that we presently do; let alone grow our activities and support in accordance with the Christ Church central vision to know Christ better and to make Christ better known.
What do we need to fund: the Core Expenses
So what are the core expenses which we need to fund? They break down into the following main groupings.
• Clergy: our full-time clergy, the Vicar and Curate, are employed by the Guildford Diocese, part of the Church of England. The Diocese raises a levy, known as the Parish Share, from the various parishes in the Diocese. Further details can be obtained from the Diocesan website. The aim of the Parish Share is for each parish to cover the direct costs of its clergy and to contribute towards the other Diocesan and National church costs. Christ Church pays a Parish Share on this basis as well as funding the various expenses incurred by our clergy in their work.
We have also employed James West as Youth & Worship Leader - James overseas all aspects of Youth work at Christ Church as well as worship with all our services.
• Parish office: we employ a Parish Administrator, who is the central hub for the running of the Parish office. She is a key support for both the clergy and for many of the other essential tasks in the day to day operation of the church. In addition we fund the necessary equipment and services such as computers, copier / printers, telephones, internet and stationery.
• We need to maintain, repair and periodically renovate the fabric of and installations in the Church itself, the Church Hall, Church House and flat and our house in Ivor Close (where the curate lives). In addition there is heating, lighting and insurance to be paid for in order to use the buildings.
As and when funds allow we want to continue our programme to upgrade our facilities. This has included in the last few years: landscaping the garden behind the hall to create a play area for the children and pre-school group; adding new disabled access ramps from the rear car park; renovating the upstairs of Church House to open the space for our use; renewing the main Hall kitchen and the secondary kitchen; redecorating the vicarage plus garden works for the arrival of our new vicar and his family; and replacing the ancient church boiler. But there is still much more we want to do.
Mission and Outreach:
• Christ Church has a policy of donating 10% of its own regular gifted income to arange of other Christian based charities, local and international, to support their work. In addition we fund other expenses for our outreach activities, including the expenses of various groups operating from the church such as theatre productions, Open Hands (for adults with learning disabilities) and a range of children and youth activities
Giving to Christ Church