Giving to the Church

Members and adherents of the Church of Scotland provide most of its income through giving to their local congregation. If you wish to contribute to your local congregation, please contact the treasurer or the minister.

Contributing directly

If you wish to contribute directly to support the work of the Church of Scotland, or one of its councils, please send your donation to the General Treasurer at the Church's offices in Edinburgh.

Cheques should be made payable to 'The Church of Scotland'.

You can also donate online by visiting our donate page.

Gift Aid

Did you know? Gift Aid is good news for the Church because:

  • It increases our giving by 25 per cent
  • No minimum contribution is required
  • No particular amount has to be promised
  • There is no fixed term during which contributions must be made
  • Tax may be recovered retrospectively.

All that is required is that the donor must pay UK income tax or capital gains tax, at any rate, at least equal to the amount of tax being reclaimed, and give their offering or donation through offering envelopes or by bank standing order or by cheque to establish the necessary audit trail. (Note: Please download the standing order form before filling it out, or you will be unable to save your changes.)

Donors must also sign a Gift Aid declaration form, which gives the name of the congregation (or 'The Church of Scotland' if it is a donation through the General Treasurer) and the donor's name and address (including postcode).

The donor signs and dates the form under these words:

"I want the congregation (or 'The Church of Scotland') to treat all donations I have made for the four years prior to this year, and all donations I make from the date of this declaration, until I notify you otherwise, as Gift Aid donations."

A gift to the Church in your Will

The work of the Church has been assisted greatly by many generous gifts in the Wills of members, adherents and supporters. If you wish to make a gift in your Will to support the work of the Church, it can support your local congregation or the work of a particular council or the work of the Church of Scotland in general. A gift to the Church in your Will is exempt from Inheritance Tax. The General Treasurer and the Solicitor of the Church are always willing to provide information about the work of the Church to anyone interested in making a gift in their Will. To find out more about leaving a legacy in your Will, please see here.