Frequently Asked Questions about giving and pledging
Why are annual pledges important?
Annual pledges support everything we do and are at All Saints’ Church. Our yearly budget is driven by the generosity of our parishioners through annual pledges. These pledges support all the operating costs of our ministry programs as well as our building and staff operations, and expenses such as heating, snow removal, outreach grants, worship leaflets, and education programs, and more.
To make a pledge please call the parish office at 617-484-2228, or pick up a pledge card at Church on Sunday morning.
How does annual pledging fit in the ministry of stewardship?
Annual pledges are just one part of the practice of generosity and stewardship that undergirds our parish life. An annual pledge supports All Saints’ annual budget. Planned giving is a gift or series of gifts that can help secure the church's ministries beyond our individual lifetimes. Special gifts fund additional parish priorities such as building renovation (The Nehemiah Fund), program support, short-term missions, the Rector’s Discretionary fund (used to help parishioners and others in need, and to support special projects locally)
How can I pay my annual pledge?
All Saints’ accepts cash (when included in a pledge envelope), or checks. You may also make a pledge payment of stock or other securities. In most cases, such a pledge payment may be considered a charitable deduction to avoid capital gains on the appreciation of the stock. Please call the parish office to learn how to make a gift of securities.
Do I have to pay when I pledge? Can I pay in installments?
Returning your pledge card is simply a promise to pay. You make your pledge and you fulfill your pledge in as many payments as you wish throughout the year. The parish office offers weekly pledge envelopes designed to help you with your payments.
Why should I pledge when I regularly put money in the offering plate?
Loose funds collected each week do help to support the ongoing life of the parish. However, pledges are very important because they enable us to plan responsibly and to establish a parish operating budget for the coming year.
I'm not sure what I can afford this year. How can I pledge?
A pledge can be adjusted throughout the year if your circumstances change. We suggest that you pledge responsibly, based on your best estimate of the year's income. A pledge can be increased, if your circumstances change.
Proportional Giving Guide
To begin to move toward the 10% goal, please consider starting with a pledge of
2% of your income. And if you are already working toward the goal of giving
10%, we hope you will increase your pledge by at least 2% of your income.
Your proportionate annual gift would be:
Income 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12%
$10,000 $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 $1,200
$20,000 $400 $800 $1,200 $1,600 $2,000 $2,400
$30,000 $600 $1,200 $1,800 $2,400 $3,000 $3,600
$40,000 $800 $1,600 $2,400 $3,200 $4,000 $4,800
$50,000 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,000
$75,000 $1,500 $3,000 $4,500 $6,000 $7,500 $9,000
$100,000 $2,000 $4,000 $6,000 $8,000 $10,000 $12,000
$150,000 $3,000 $6,000 $9,000 $12,000 $15,000 $18,000
$200,000 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $16,000 $20,000 $24,000
Planned giving is a gift or series of gifts that can help secure the church's ministries beyond our individual lifetimes. Call the parish office at 617-484-2228 for more information about remembering All Saints’ in your will.
All Saints' Church
17 Clark Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Office Hours are by appointment only. Please call the parish office at 617-484-2228 before coming to the church.
Stories from our Community
"Two years ago I went to my first Agape meal with my son, who was five at the time. To my surprise, when it was time to pass the peace during the service, he greeted those near by, and then proceeded to greet others around the room, adults and children, known and unknown. I realized then that my faith community here at All Saints', was also his community."