In the current circumstances, we are unable to take physical collections. Anyone who would normally donate by cash or cheque is invited to use the alternative methods described below, or contact the treasurer.
Eden’s operations are funded by the generous giving of the individuals who make up our community, in which we gratefully recognise the Lord’s provision for our needs. The Bible tells us, in 2 Corinthians 9:7, on the subject of giving financially to the work of the church, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributes any amount financially, but your decision about whether to give, and how much, is a matter for your prayerful consideration, and in particular we encourage visitors not to feel under any pressure to give.
For more information on any of the methods below, or for any other giving-related queries, please contact our treasurer, Manny Kemp.
To find out more about how Eden spends the donations it receives, you can find our published accounts and Trustees' Annual Report on the Charity Commission’s register here.
The most efficient way to give is via direct transfer - either a one-off or a monthly standing order. If you use online banking, you can set these up yourself, or we can provide standing order forms on request. Contact the treasurer for bank details and/or forms.
We encourage donors who pay tax in the UK to consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration, which enables us to add 25% to the value of eligible donations and can be downloaded from the top of this page in Word or PDF format. Completed forms can be posted or emailed (as a physical signature is not essential).
If you pay higher rate income tax you are eligible for additional relief on charitable donations, and charitable donations may affect tax credit eligibility. If you are unsure about either of these issues, get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.
Online giving - PayPal etc.
You can also donate online through our PayPal Giving Fund page. Gift Aid will be claimed if you tick the relevant box when donating. Click here for more information. [UPDATE: WE ARE EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES RECOVERING GIFT AID VIA PAYPAL GIVING FUND AND ENCOURAGE ELIGIBLE GIFT AID DONORS TO CONTACT THE TREASURER DIRECTLY FOR BANK DETAILS INSTEAD]
If you prefer not to use PayPal, we have several alternatives, including give.net (Stewardship) and ChurchSuite - however, these incur transaction fees. Contact the treasurer for details.
EasyFundraising and Amazon Smile - generating donations when you shop online
By signing up with EasyFundraising you can generate donations to Eden at no additional cost to you when shopping at a wide range of online retailers, such as John Lewis, M&S, Argos and eBay. Visit our EasyFundraising page and click ‘Support this cause’ to sign up (you can also make donations here but be aware that they will incur transaction fees). The EasyFundraising Quick Start Guide downloadable at the top of this page contains further information on how to generate donations this way.
You can also support us when you shop at Amazon using Amazon Smile. To do this, go to smile.amazon.co.uk, search for and select Eden Baptist Church when prompted, and use the same web address to start future visits to Amazon instead of the normal Amazon homepage, and eligible purchases will accrue donations.
If you know about any other retail sites using similar schemes that we could benefit from, we welcome suggestions!
Some employers offer the option to give via payroll, usually via CAF or Charities Trust. Let us know if you plan to give this way as we usually can’t see details about where the donations we receive from these schemes have come from.
Cheques and cash
If you prefer, we can still receive cheques by post, but these will take longer to clear while we are not manning the office regularly and need to post them to the bank. We encourage the use of alternative methods, if convenient. We do not recommend posting cash donations.
We are currently exploring options for giving by text - get in touch if you are interested in this method of giving.
Payments from overseas bank accounts
Occasionally donors wish to send payments from non-UK bank accounts. Get in touch if this is the case as this can be complicated and incur significant transfer fees.
Most donations are made to Eden’s general funds. However, sometimes a donor wishes to support one of our specific restricted funds (e.g. the Friends of Eden Fund). If you wish to do this, please contact the treasurer first to discuss the matter.