Giving

Blackhall St Columba’s Church is a welcoming, friendly and vibrant church. To do everything we do, we rely entirely on the money we generate ourselves. We get no assistance from the wider Church. 

Planned Giving

Planned giving is one of the principal ways and most effective ways to give to our Church. You simply commit to give a regular amount each week or month direct from your bank account. It can be easily set up, amended and cancelled.

The benefits to you are that you show your determined membership of St. Columba’s Church, you do so even when you are not at a service, and you do not have to suddenly find loose change when the collection plate comes around. The benefits for the church are that we know the money is pledged and we can budget ahead accordingly.

If you can set up your standing order with your bank yourself, it will start immediately and be of the greatest benefit to our church.

As a forward-looking congregation, which is seeking to expand our mission and ministry within our parish and beyond, we rely totally on the giving of our church members. Every year, existing members are asked to review and, if able, increase their giving.

What Should I Give?

Although the church is reluctant to lay down hard and fast rules about giving, all of us can do with some advice in this area, otherwise some people feel guilty that they don't give enough while others simply reach for loose change whenever they hear the word 'collection'.

So how much should we give? The Bible suggests that we should set aside a tenth of our earnings for the church and charities. Giving can transform the world - our lives as well as the lives of others, our community and beyond. 

The Church of Scotland suggest that church members give at least five per cent of net income to their local church and five per cent to other charities they wish to support.

Giving by Standing Order

Regular payments can be made monthly, quarterly or yearly. Many people these days like to set up or amend standing orders themselves.  Click here for a standing order form or you can request one from the Church Office.  You can either use the details on the form to set up your standing order yourself or return the completed form to the Church Office.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can supplement any donation of yours by 25p for every £1 donated  by reclaiming the tax you have already paid on it from the government under the Gift Aid scheme. Gift Aid reclamations are a very important part of our income, but in order to claim under the scheme we need you to make a one-off authorisation. Click here for a Gift Aid Declaration form or you can request one from the the Church Office.  Once completed, please return the form to the Church Office.

If you would like to discuss your giving in total confidence, please contact our Treasurer via the Church Office.

Blackhall St Columba's Church of Scotland, Edinburgh is a Registered Scottish Charity No: SC008756.



Registered Scottish Charity, No: SC008756