Your support is greatly appreciated. We are totally reliant on your generosity for the costs of ministry and upkeep of our Grade I listed buildings (we get no help from either Government or central church), for the day-to-day running of the church and for its spiritual health.
We welcome your prayer support either at home, wherever you are, or as part of one of our prayer groups or events, see the Prayer page.
There are many practical ways to get involved in the life of our churches, including singing, flower arranging and working parties for cleaning and mowing the churchyard. Find out more from the drop-down menu under the Get Involved navigation tab, above.
The main ways of giving are by cheque, Standing Order or online. For details of forms and address please visit our individual church donations pages, Donate to St Michael Smarden or Donate to All Saints Biddenden. There you will also find the annual reports and financial statements for each church.
All donations are kept confidential, details are only known to the treasurer and Gift Aid secretary. However if you would like to be completely anonymous you can set up CAF Charity Account. This is also a very convenient and tax-efficient way to give. It works like a current bank account, but only holds funds that you put aside to give to your favourite causes. Whenever you want to give to charity, you simply make a donation through your CAF account. Donations can be made in person, or anonymously by phone, by post, online or by standing order to registered charities of your choice.
Why is giving important?
Giving is a practical demonstration of our faith that God will always provide. It celebrates God’s generosity and helps ensure our lives have an outward focus. Thus giving is a spiritual act.
Based on the ancient Biblical principle of tithing, Christians are encouraged to give away 10% of their income after tax. We don’t assume that all of this should go to support the church, but we hope you can consider giving us 5% of your income after tax.
We also support charities
Just as we ask people to be generous, the Church also seeks to live out that same principle. Each year we support one or more nominated charities, such as:
The Apollos Trust: http://www.apollostrust.org/
Mission Aviation Fellowship: https://www.maf-uk.org
L’Arche Community of Kent.
The Children’s Society
The Royal British Legion
Details of the charities we support currently are on our Charities page.
Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated.