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Ruth: A Strong Faith and a Generous Heart in Hard Times

By Catherine Durant | 24 September 2020

  • You might be in a Ruth position, having to humble yourself as your life has changed dramatically.
  • You might be in a Naomi position, struck by grief and depressed but holding on to your faith in God.
  • You might be in a Boaz position, needing to carefully think about how you use your resources to help others.

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Update on the furlough scheme

By Jackie Fletcher | 22 September 2020

For those of you who jumped on the furlough scheme rollercoaster prior to June, it appears (at the time of writing) that we are approaching the end of the ride. After many twists, turns and updates, the expected end date is 31 October 2020 and employers will then need to decide whether to bring their employees back to work on their normal hours, reduce their employees’ hours or to sadly end their employment. More on this in a moment.

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There may not be trouble ahead (after all)

By Kevin Russell | 21 September 2020

In our previous article (entitled There may be trouble ahead!), we outlined the evolving story of HMRC’s Trust Registration Service (TRS) and whether or not charities would be required to register with the Service. Penalties will apply for non-compliance so it is important for trustees to understand their obligations.

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The importance of trustees

By Alan Hough | 18 September 2020

Being a church or Christian charity trustee is a very important and hopefully rewarding role within the organisation that you serve. Good, effective churches and charities need good, effective trustees as an essential part of a broad and diverse leadership team. Romans 12 draws that familiar picture of the church as the ‘body of Christ’, urging each person to take their place for the benefit of all. Trustees are a valuable and indispensable part of that body.

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Employment NI Allowance Reminder

By Jackie Fletcher | 17 September 2020

A reminder that a charitable company cannot claim the Employment NI Allowance when all of the following apply:

  • an employee is a director and
  • that employee / director is the only employee to be paid over the national insurance threshold

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COVID-19 and the annual accounts

By Stephen Mathews | 16 September 2020

It is not surprising that given its importance and widespread impact, COVID-19 will feature in church and charity accounts for the foreseeable future. Whilst it is important, we do believe that this issue should not dominate the accounts, and neither should it overshadow the positive work and impact that churches are having in their local communities, perhaps even as a result of the pandemic.

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Account filing and serious incident reporting in light of COVID-19

By Stephen Mathews | 15 September 2020

The Charity Commission has issued a statement which says that during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in its approach to regulation. Whilst still asking charities to file accounts on time if at all possible, the Commission has said that where an imminent filing deadline can’t be met they can be contacted with a view to arranging an extension.

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Breaking the Barrier of Fear

By Anon | 11 September 2020 | Comments (1)

I didn’t plan to be there. Some unseen force had propelled me forward. I took the old dinner plate, lifted it high above my head and brought it down with such speed and force, smashing it into thousands of pieces. A word erupted from within me with such velocity that it burned from my stomach, through my chest, throat and out of my mouth… ”FEAR!”

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UK Church Called to Pray for COVID-19 Global Need This Sunday

By Stewardship | 7 September 2020

UK Church leaders are being urged to show a two-minute video in church this Sunday (13th Sept), highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on the world’s poorest nations, and explaining why now is the time for the Church to be generous givers to those most vulnerable to the virus.

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What I've Learnt About Giving Since Covid-19

By Rosanna Jeffery | 4 September 2020

Seasonal giving is the norm, whoever you are and however much you have to give. People are automatically moved to give more at Christmas, whether they know the person or not. Yet Covid-19 has taught me that generosity has to exist all year round – no exceptions.

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