Time and Talent
Although St. Catherine’s has a full time vicar, he can not do everything that needs to be done. Volunteers are needed to organise and clear up after the post-service refreshments, lead the prayers of the people, read the lessons, organise and clear up after pot-luck lunches, help with the children’s activities, serve on the Church Council, help with events such as the Bazaar, Book Sale …
St. Catherine’s is not part of the German “Kirchensteuer” system – we receive no money from the German state or the Church of England. The cost of the vicar’s salary, the Parish Centre, all our activities, outreach missions … are supported entirely by voluntary contributions from members, friends and those who wish to support God’s work in this small corner of Stuttgart.
As we are not recognised as an official Kirche, many years ago the church council constituted a Verein, the Friends of the English Church e.V., to be the legal entity which represents St. Catherine’s and ensure its charitable status in Germany.
Each year we hold a stewardship campaign to consider our stewardship of God’s gifts and help the treasurer gauge the income for the next year. If you have arrived at St. Catherine’s mid term and wish to “pledge” your giving you can complete the pledge form Stewardship_2015. If you have any questions about stewardship you can contact our treasurer, Stefan Bernhart, by e-mailing email@example.com
If you are interested in how the Church of England approaches stewardship have a browse through the following website Parish Resources for those responsible for Stewardship in the Church of England.
Donations to St Catherine’s
Cash donations may be placed in the offering plate during the service each Sunday at St. Catherine’s – if you wish to receive a donations certificate for tax purposes please place your donations in a named envelope.
If you would like to make a one off or ongoing donation to St Catherine’s these can be made to:
Kontoinhaber : Friends of the English Church e.V.
IBAN: DE67 5206 0410 0000 4022 22
Bank: Evangelische Bank
Please consider the fact that cheques (checks) made out in dollars often incur high banking fees, so not all your donation will go to the work of the Church if you give in this way.