Most of the church’s money comes from giving and fundraising by members. The remainder comes largely from donations, fundraising and legacies.
Running St Columba’s costs a considerable amount of money. Our biggest expense is our contribution to the operating costs of the wider United Reformed Church, which pays the stipends and pensions of ministers, training for ministers and lay people, mission activities, and central administration.
The other major expense is of course the running of the church buildings – heating, lighting, cleaning, repairs and maintenance. It also costs money to maintain the manse, and cover other costs of local ministry, paying visiting preachers and musicians, and printing and materials, etc.
St Columba’s also likes to have special collections for other charities, on top of this. These include regular support of UNICEF throughout the year, and Commitment for Life at Harvest and Christmas. Commitment for Life is the URC’s programme through Christian Aid and Global Justice Now (formerly the World Development Movement), in partnership with agricultural relief committees in Palestine. The Christmas Eve collection is usually in aid of a local charity.