For it is in giving that we receive.
These words of St Francis remind Christians of their privileged position and are central to the work of all Christian communities. We are blessed to be located in a most beautiful part of God's creation and to receive so many benefits from our life here. We pray that, through practising the Christian principle of giving, we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us so that our lives together are enriched and our spiritual experience strengthened.
Helping the chaplaincy with my time and talents
Giving takes many forms, but all are rooted in the same principle. So that God¹s work may be done, people give generously of their time and of a broad range of skills and talents - professional, creative, and personal. Rotas of readers, intercessors, singers, musicians, lay assistants, sidesmen and women, churchwardens and, by no means least, providers of refreshments ensure that services happen and the workload shared: the degree of commitment ensures that worship is of appropriate quality. Hosts and leaders of home groups; church council members; Sunday School, Junior Church and youth group teams; organisers of special occasions, of bring-and-share meals, hikes, and picnics: all contribute to a varied and immensely enjoyable community life. We give of ourselves and have lots of fun as a result. Please feel free to come and share it.
Helping the chaplaincy with my money
The same commitment applies to financial giving. The work of the chaplaincy has grown significantly during recent years. We are thankful that the numbers of regular services and the locations in which they are held have increased. But it all costs money and we receive no financial support from outside our boundaries. For example, we need to hire the buildings we use and to finance salary and other costs for the chaplain. Sunday worship is only a part of what the chaplaincy provides for the English-speaking community within this very large area. The clergy lead baptisms, weddings and funerals, sometimes for non-worshippers. Together with many others they give pastoral care to the sick and bereaved. They are naturally often involved when visitors fall ill or are in difficulty whilst within the region.
Giving and Tax
Little of God's work amongst us would be possible without the commitment to significant, regular giving which many people make, whether through the Sunday collection, donation, or, more effectively, through standing order.
Most things work better if they are planned, including our giving to the church. Whatever decision we take based on what we can afford, making a pledge to give a specific amount per year is better managed by regular, planned giving: and the UK standing order or French 'virement' is the easiest way to do it. Once organised in that way, you know what will leave your account each month or year, and we are very happy if you then put nothing in the 'plate' on those Sundays you are in church – indeed, you will find little laminated cards when you arrive at church to put in the plate instead.
Not all of us are in the 'fortunate' position of paying tax here or in the UK! For those who are, however, it is worth emphasising that:
- If you are a tax payer in France, if you give 100€ to the Church, it will only cost you 33€ - as our Treasurer says, ' It would almost be a sin not to give in this way'.
- If you pay UK taxes, there is also Gift Aid whereby the Chancellor also contributes a proportion of the tax paid on your earnings.
If you are unsure about committing yourself to a virement or standing order, then you can give by cheque, and still obtain the tax benefits, providing of course you are resident here for tax purposes, and pay tax each year. We keep track of all organised giving, and send you a receipt at the end of each year to submit with your tax return.
The appropriate French and UK forms are available for download here :-
One Time Donations
If you would like to make a donation to the Chaplaincy, please send a cheque in either
- Pound Sterling: payable to Diocese in Europe
- Euros: payable to Anglican Chaplaincy of Midi-Pyrénées & Aude
to our Treasurer: ,
You can claim tax relief on this, see above.
MPAid - Chaplaincy of Midi-Pyrénées & Aude
The Charity arm of the Chaplaincy is known as MPAid.
It is an "Association Caritative" formed in 2010. It is a non-profit making organisation and the objectives are to collect and distribute funds to Charities and individuals in France and abroad. MPAid enables us to express our Christian faith in practical terms to people who are in need throughout the world.
For the last seven years, we have given some €63000 to charities, and for 2016 we gave €12800.
Chaplaincy congregations each nominate charities, which are then supported for a period of three years. Whenever there is a fund raising event at one of the worship centres MPAid donates 50% of any money raised to a nominated charity of their choice.
Breakdown of charities currently supported
In the event of any questions, please contact our treasurer James Cox on 05 65 36 47 12 or use the form on our contact page.