A £1,000 a week


Holy Trinity Church, Theale is welcoming, vibrant church. To do everything we do, we rely entirely on the money we generate ourselves. We get no assistance from the wider Church.

We need over a £1,000 a week to run Holy Trinity Church, Theale. Every year, existing members are asked to review and, if able, increase their giving.

Why we need so much money for day-to-day costs

As a church we want to be free to use our funds in the best possible way to enable our mission and ministry in Theale to flourish This includes caring for our biggest physical resource, the Grade 1 listed Church building, as a place of worship and prayer, and as a place people come to for events and activities as well as for groups and organisations. Cost includes includes heating and lighting and our contribution to the Parish Share. In return for our share, we receive the funding for a full time Priest, as well as legal support and advice and training for our Readers and colleagues. We work hard to keep our spending down, with annual reviews of energy and maintenance costs, seeking competitive quotes for work undertaken, and challenging ourselves in our ways of working to avoid waste.  Our costs are kept down dramatically by all the work done by our congregation and others in the community free of charge.

Planned giving

Planned giving is one of the principal ways of belonging to this parish, and it is the most effective way to give to your church. You simply commit to give a regular amount each month direct from your bank account. It can be easily set up, amended and cancelled. The benefits to you are that you show your determined membership to Holy Trinity Theale, you do so even when you are not at a service, and you do not have to suddenly find loose change when the collection bag comes round. The benefits for the parish are that we know the money is pledged and we can budget ahead accordingly.

If you can initiate/amend your standing order with your bank yourself, it will start immediately and be of the greatest benefit to your church. The relevant details are set out below.

What should I give?

Although the church is reluctant to lay down hard and fast rules about giving, all of us can do with some advice in this area. Otherwise some people feel guilty that they don't give enough while others simply reach for loose change whenever they hear the word 'collection'.

So how much should we give? The Bible suggests that we should set aside a tenth of our earnings for the church and charities: other major world religions have similar guidance. Giving can transform the world - our lives as well as the lives of others, our community and beyond.

The Church of England suggest that church members give at least five per cent of net income to their local church and five per cent to other charities they wish to support.