Ecumenical Patriarchate
Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain
Worshipping at St Thomas a Becket’s Church
Cliffe High Street, LEWES BN7 2AW


Dear All

Please remember that the Parish is here for all who need  it, when they need it, and it needs to be supported on that basis: people's support for the Parish should not be determined by whether they have managed to come to the Service on any particular day or not. 

That is why, members of the Parish are encouraged to give regularly in support of its mission, and a good way of doing this is to give a fixed proportion of your income by means of a Standing Order each month.

The Parish asks its members to give into its bank account by means of Standing Order, on a regular basis, a proportion of what they have received from the ‘Father of lights’ (Jas 1,17).  This is as much a part of our ‘living sacrifice’ and ‘reasonable service’ to God (Rom 12,1) as what is offered at the services in church.  Our giving in support of the Parish is an expression of our communion with one another, and a means ‘for building up the body of Christ’ (Eph 4,12).  We have been born again through baptism into a family-like relationship with one another (a new covenant) in Christ, and we rejoice that we are being saved together, with the help of one another, living and departed; and that through us the world around us might be saved.

(The Apostolic Tradition: MISSION)

Regular giving in this way is about offering our lives to one another as a church: it is about mutual self-giving.

In the Liturgy, each of us offers that part of the world which is ours, to God, and receives back from God the gifts that God wants to give to our world: we are to give those gifts to our families, our friends, our neighbours, our world. 

(The Apostolic Tradition: MISSION)

You can set up Standing Orders yourself:

The Parish of the Nativity of Christ
Account Number: 65766130
Sort Code: 08-92-99 (The Cooperative Bank)

Or - complete A Standing Order Mandate, which is available from Father Ian (see  ‘Contact us’).

You can give a one-off donation to the above Bank Account should you prefer it to Standing Order.

Gift Aid:

Why donate through Gift Aid?
Donating through Gift Aid means that the Parish – The Parish of the Nativity of Christ Orthodox Christian Property Trust Deed, Registered Charity no. 1161893 - can claim an extra 25p for every £1 that you give – and it won’t cost you any extra!
Paying enough tax to qualify for Gift Aid
If you have paid tax on either your income or on capital gains (or both) your donations will qualify, as long as they’re not more than four times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April) and you must tell the Parish if you stop paying enough tax.
What you need to do
You need to make a Gift Aid Declaration for the Parish to claim. Please contact Fr Ian for a form and return it to the Hon Treasurer at the address shown at the bottom of the form. You can include all donations from the last four years, but not for any years when you didn’t pay enough tax.
Higher rate taxpayers
If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim back the difference between the rate that you paid, and the basic rate, on your donations; do this either -
through your Self Assessment tax return or by asking HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to amend your tax code
(With Payroll Giving, you don’t pay the difference between the higher and basic rate of tax on your donations.)