We do not receive church taxes like in Germany but are financed solely through membership subscriptions and donations.
How can I become a member?
If you want to become a member please contact the office in the Church House. You can also download a membership declaration here and send it to our office. Please fill it in and send it to the office. If you are a British tax payer you can also fill in a Gift-Aid declaration (download here). This enables us to get an additional 28 pence for every pound you donate at no additional cost to you.
How much should I pay?
There are no fixed membership subscriptions, but because of the drastically reduced contributions from the German Protestant Church we consider the following guidelines as appropriate: the monthly contribution should be about 1 – 1.8% of the amount that a household has at its disposal after subtracting all taxes. For example, if a household has £1,000 per month at its disposal, the monthly contribution to our congregation should be between £10 and £18.
We do also want to emphasise the following aspects:
- Your subscription to the congregation is voluntary. Our suggestions are guidelines because of the different financial situation of our congregation.
- New ideas and voluntary work for the congregation are as important as financial support of it. Everybody is needed, valued and can help in whatever way they feel it appropriate and possible.
- You decide how and when you pay your subscription – weekly, monthly or annually, by direct debit or with a cheque.