Stewardship

Stewardship is how we say thank you for the many blessings we enjoy in our lives today. It can take a number of forms and all contributions combine to finance the work of St John’s. It may surprise many people that the cost of St. John’s overall operations is approximately $400,000 per year or $1,100 per day. In addition, in 2010 St. John’s contributed a further $60,000 in support of a number of Outreach needs.

Regular Givings

The largest portion of St. John’s financial support comes via regular givings. These are contributions are made by its members and friends in the form of weekly, monthly or other regular gifts. These can be through the use of envelopes or through Preauthorized Remittance (PAR).

Memorial Gifts

Donations in honour of a deceased loved one can be made to the St. John’s United Church Trust funds. A cheque in any amount can be made out to “St. John’s United Church Trust Funds” and these funds will be added to our invested capital.

Special Occasion Gifts

One time gifts can be made to celebrate a special occasion: a birth, a wedding, an anniversary or any other special event. A cheque in any amount can be made out to “St. John’s Trust Funds” and these funds will be added to our invested capital.

Bequests Through a Will

St. John’s Trust Funds are a critical part of the financing capability of our church. These funds are invested and the annual returns are used to help fund church operations as well as our Outreach activities.

St. John’s United Church Trust Funds

Your Planned Gift Gives Forever

What Are the Trust Funds?

  • The Trust Funds are a pool of capital created through members bequeathing money to St. John’s in their wills.
  • The capital is invested and the annual income is available for church needs.
  • Today, approximately $1,000,000 is invested with $60,000 available annually.
  • A portion of the annual return provides critical funds towards church operations and a portion assists in the Outreach activities of St. John’s.
  • Bequests have varied in size from under $1,000 to over $100,000

What Types of Contributions Can be Made?

  • Bequests – a gift through your will. You can direct your funds to a specific purpose or add to the Memorial Trust Funds.
  • Life Insurance – You can name St. John’s as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy.
  • RRSPs and RRIFs – The church can be the beneficiary of your registered funds.
  • Commemorative Gifts – You or your family can request that donations be made to the Trust Funds at the time of a death, birth, marriage or special birthday.

Enjoy the Favourable Tax Treatment

  • Donations of stock in publicly traded Canadian corporations receive very favourable tax treatment.
  • You or your estate receive a tax receipt for the full value of the investment, the church benefits from the full value and you avoid tax on any capital gains.

How Can You Contribute?

  • If you wish to make a bequest through your will, include wording such as the following:

          “ I instruct my Trustees (or Executors) to contribute 
             $xx,xxx to the St. John’s United Church Trust 
              Funds in the most tax advantageous manner”.

-or-

           “ I instruct my Trustees (or Executors) to contribute   
              x% of the residue of my estate to the St. John’s
              United Church Trust Funds in the most tax
             advantageous manner”.

  • If you wish to contribute the proceeds of a Life Insurance policy or RRSP or RRIF, stipulate St. John’s United Church Trust Funds as the beneficiary.
  • For commemorative gifts, forward cheques made out to “St. John’s United Church Trust Funds”.