The Church of England recently published some interesting statistics for 2012. In Sheffield Diocese, churchgoers who make regular donations gave an average of 6.6% of their income. In London, the 5th highest, this was 4.1% (for someone earning the average London wage this is equivalent to giving over £100 per month to the church).
There was also an analysis per Electoral Roll member. London Diocese was highest with an average of £11.60 per week (£50.25 per month) per Electoral Roll member. At St John’s we are way below these figures. In fact if you use the average amount that a full-time employee resident in the LB Hounslow earns per week (£567), we as a congregation give less than 1% of our wages/salary/pension to St John’s.
Our budget for next year is showing Receipts of around £50K and payments of around £75K. The top five items (Common Fund £48K, Loan repayment £6.5K, Choirmaster £6.5K, Insurance £4.7K and Utilities £2.5K) make up over 90%. I will leave the thought with you that if every member of our Electoral Roll gave at least the average in the London Diocese, our Receipts would be over £100K. If this were Gift Aided we would get an extra £25K.