How to give
While we cannot meet in our building there a few ways you can give to the church.
- Arrange a BACS transfer from your account to our using the details below
- Setup a regular standing order using the details below
- Give using our PayPal account (click here)
- Write a cheque to "The Oak Community Church" and post this to the church address or pass it to Vivienne Curtis
If you are a tax payer in the UK please make sure you complete a Gift Aid Declaration form so we can claim back the tax on your giving. Download the form here and email the completed form to Vanessa.
The church bank details are:
- Barclays Bank
- Account name: The Oak Community Church Trustees, General Fund
- Sort Code: 20 14 33
- Account Number: 70856258
Unless you tell us otherwise all giving receives goes into our general fund which is used to cover normal regular expenses for the church like salaries, heating, lighting etc. If you want to give to one of our other funds please either note this in your BACS reference or let Vivienne know:
The “Building Fund” is a restricted fund:
- Any money donated to the building fund will be used to provide improved building facilities for the Oak Community Church. Our vision is to do this through a replacement building or additional building facilities. But where necessary, this fund may also be used for essential building works to the current building when required by law or for health and safety reasons.
The “John 3:16 fund” is a designated fund:
- Any money donated to the John 3:16 fund is designated for the purpose of alleviating financial hardship to those outside of the church. This will primarily be achieved through the purchasing and giving of goods, food, and payment of bills for those in financial hardship.
The “Fellowship fund” is a designated fund:
- Any money donated to, or held within, the Fellowship fund is designated for the purpose of providing financial support to those inside the church who have been impacted by major global events. This will primarily be achieved through providing additional income for individuals financially impacted by health pandemics, supporting refugees from conflict and other such needs.
Why we give
Many in the Church contribute financially to the running of the church.
This isn't just to support the good work we do in supporting our spiritual growth and community action. We also believe it's a principle taught in the Bible that we should give our income to the work of the Church.
In much of the Old Testament the Jewish people were taught to give a tithe. That was 10% of their income (Leviticus 27:30). When Jesus came He went even more radical and told people to give away all they had (Matthew 19:21).
2 Corinthians 9:7 says "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
We don't mind what you give, but give it cheerfully and not under compulsion.