How Can I Give?

Regular Giving


The most helpful way to support St James' is to set up a regular standing order as this helps us with our financial planning. The easiest way to do this is to use the 'donate' button below. Alternatively, you can acquire a standing order form from the church office. Please fill in your details and then return it to us at the address below. We will send this to your bank and they will automatically process your gifts each month in accordance with your instructions.


You can change or cancel a standing order at any time with your bank. For budgeting purposes, it’s a great help if you can let the Treasurer know if you do this or plan to do so.


One-off donations


If you wish to make a one-off gift, this can be done by using the donate button below, by making a donation by cash, cheque or charity voucher (payable to “St James' Church PCC”) on a Sunday or by posting a cheque/charity voucher (no cash please) to the Treasurer at the address below.


Give as You Earn - Payroll Giving


Many employers have a GAYE Payroll Giving scheme which is a means of giving from your income before tax is deducted. Some employers will match an employee’s charitable giving so it is worth enquiring about your company’s policy. St James' is registered as a charitable trust with the name 'The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St James, Westgate and Garlinge' and our charity number is 1136690.


Please consider making your gift tax efficient


If you are a UK taxpayer, it is a great help if you also complete a Gift Aid form (included with the standing order form) as this enables us to reclaim basic rate income tax on any standing order or one-off donations you make.


US and UK taxpayers, using the CAF American Donor Fund you will be able to claim UK Gift Aid, UK tax relief and get a tax deduction in the USA. Find out more here at the CAF American Donor Fund website.


For more information about giving or the church’s finances, or to send standing order/gift aid forms:

Post: The Treasurer, St James Church, Canterbury Road, Margate, CT9 5JT

Email: treasurer@stjameswestgate.church

What Is The Financial Need?

St James' Church is entirely funded through its charitable trust (see above) and does not receive any funding from the Church of England or any other external source.  Some time ago, the church also took the step of establishing another charitable trust (the Servant Church Trust (SCT)), dedicated to the administration of funds for specific projects in support of the ministry of St James'.  The SCT, also funded by member donations, has been used as the vehicle for paying for members of staff in recent years but is not limited to those projects.


With a few small exceptions (hall hire and profits from minor sales), the vast majority of our general ministry is therefore essentially reliant on the giving of our church members.


We encourage all those who consider themselves committed members of the St James' family to respond prayerfully to the ongoing needs of the church.  Tax refunds from donations made under Gift Aid are an important source of funding so givers who pay tax are strongly encouraged to check the relevant box when donating online or to contact us for a form to enable the church to claim back the tax.


Our money is spent across a range of ministries and activities in ways and amounts which are monitored and controlled by the Church Treasurer and the Church Council (who are the trustees).  This constant review, as well as the presentation and publication of accounts once per year ensures we do our best to honour God with the way in which our resources are spent.


Our highest area of expenditure relates to the provision of our minister and, latterly, the cost of retaining a Youth and Children's Minister.  The church family is committed to giving 10% of its income from donations each year to mission partners working in gospel ministry outside the church family.  The remainder of general expenditure relates to paying for the maintenance of our buildings, services and other administrative costs.


Biblical principles for giving.