Gift Aid is worth an extra 25 pence on every pound donated and really maximises charitable donations. In order to be able to claim gift aid on donations, donors must be UK tax payers (income or capital gains tax) and have signed a gift aid declaration form.
AoG provides a central Gift Aid Service that is available to any AoG Church that would like to claim the gift aid on donations they have received. The AoG system is incredibly easy to use. There is no need to register with HMRC, as all of the paper work has been undertaken centrally. AoG's service also ensures that AoG member church claims adhere to all HMRC guidelines, as AoG staff maintain up to date knowledge of all legislative changes. Submitting a claim is very simple, and AoG can even supply templates for treasurers to use, and its Gift Aid Department is open 8.45am to 4.45pm Mondays to Fridays for advice and support. Gift Aid declaration forms and explanatory leaflets are available from AoG. The terms and conditions of the service are available here.
Should you require more information about Gift Aid or wish to enquire about the AoG Gift Aid service, please login as a leader and go to the "Information for Leaders" section of the website or contact the Gift Aid Department at the National Ministry Centre or check out our Gift Aid leaflet. The terms and conditions of the service are available here.
Ken Williamson, Bethel - London's Riverside Church, Dagenham, has sadly passed away earlier this week. Please pray for his wife Christine and the family.
Ralph Inskip, an AoG minister from Cambridge, has recently passed away. Please join us in prayer for his wife Jean and the rest of the family.
On 19th August our esteemed Missionary to Southern Africa, Mavis Ford, died after a courageous struggle with illness. She was aged 78. Her faith shone brightly throughout her illness. Mavis and her husband Loxley lived & served as missionaries in southern Africa for 23 years. They were involved in the ministry of Lifeline in Zimbabwe. Please pray for Loxley that he will continue to experience God's strength and peace at this time of loss. The funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised. They will consist of a private family committal service and a celebratory thanksgiving service for Mavis' life at a later date still to be confirmed.
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UCAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017
UCAN is the UK Church Administrator Network was established in 2009 and has now grown to over 1,250 members. It is designed for anyone employed by a church in an administrative capacity, part-time or full time at any level. The network includes Directors of Operation, Church Business Managers, Church Office Administrators, Parish Secretaries, Ministers’ PAs, Administrative Assistants, etc. Membership is drawn from Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, FIEC, Newfrontiers, Vineyard, independent churches and other denominations and groupings.
The theme of the 2017 National Conference is one of health worked out in three specific areas of our life.
"First there is our own physical and mental well-being when working in the stressful environment of a busy church.
Secondly, our relationships with other staff and leaders but in particular with our Senior Minister.
Thirdly there is our spiritual health as disciples of Jesus Christ. Can we open our hearts before God to seek his ways for living a healthy life in spite of the pressure most of us work under?
Trevor Stammers, as a medical expert, will help us understand our own need for good physical and mental health. There are many fault lines beneath the surface of even the most apparently ‘together’ people.
Jez Barnes and Jules Morgan, who work together as Senior Minister and Operations Director, will look at the importance of taking time to understand our differences and work out how to play to each other’s strengths.
John and Pauline Tindall will be our Chaplains throughout the conference and John will lead us in a Bible teaching session from the Pastoral Epistles.
Our overall aim is that you will be stimulated to think clearly and strategically on professional issues related to your work informed by quality speakers, resource information and peer debate challenged to relate your faith to your work through Bible input and discussion encouraged as a senior administrator by networking with others in similar roles and thereby you will be better equipped as a church worker and as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Your hosts at King’s Park Brian Howells (Operations Manager at Holy Trinity, Claygate) // Julian Mander (Operations Manager at Riverside Church, Birmingham) // Irene Nash (Administration Manager at South Street Baptist, Greenwich, London) // Mark Parsons (Operations Manager at Christ Church Clifton, Bristol) // Becky Thomas (Operations Manager at Beeston Free Church, Nottingham) // John Truscott (UCAN National Co-ordinator)"
LIFESPRING IN THE DUKERIES SOLAR PANEL INITIATIVE
AoG Central Area Church Lifespring has been shortlisted in a completion to win solar panels! Senior Leader Mike Phillips writes:
“Dear all, we are involved in a very special project! The M&S Energy Fund competition! Lifespring Centre at Ollerton has been shortlisted and is in the running to win money from M&S to help them buy solar panels for the Centre. This would be a great bonus in helping them to reduce their electricity costs and it helps the environment at the same time.
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Please share this with your friends and help Lifespring Community Centre reach number one!
Many thanks for voting for us.”
We also have a Prayer Request page. visit it HERE.