giving to lightwave

find out how you might be able to give to the projects of lightwave

While Lightwave has central funding for the main staff and their work for the next 5 years, a lot of the extra things we do can only happen through the generosity of members of our Rural Resourcing Churches and Lightwave Groups. And when the funding comes to an end, we want to be able to continue to develop and grow what we do – so your giving is essential to that.


All money given goes directly to the work of Lightwave, its groups and churches. Not only that, but as part of a registered charity, if you are a UK taxpayer, you can use Gift Aid to make your donations go further. We can claim 25p tax on every £1 that you give and it won’t cost you a penny more.


We’ve tried to make giving to Lightwave as easy as possible, with a range of options to suit you.


Parish Giving Scheme

The Parish Giving Scheme has been set up to help manage regular donations to Parish Churches across the Diocese, and we can use it for Lightwave too. It reduces administration for us and all costs are met by the Diocese – so the full value of your donation, plus reclaimed Gift Aid too, goes to Lightwave.


Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis and are set-up via Direct Debit. A unique feature of this scheme is the option for donors to commit in principle to increase their gift annually in line with inflation.


We ask donors to specify whether they want to give to a specific Rural Resourcing Church, Lightwave Group or to the Lightwave Project as a whole. All donations and associated Gift Aid are held centrally by the project and allocated to the appropriate group.


If you are interested contact your RRC lead or Lightwave Group leader who will have a supply of forms, or email the Lightwave Treasurer with your postal address. He can then post you a form to complete and return – unfortunately at present there are no forms you can download online.  


Standing Order and One-off Donations

While we’d prefer you to use the Parish Giving Scheme, as it significantly reduces our administration costs, we understand this doesn’t work for everyone and you can also give by Standing Order or give a one-off donation. Simply complete the form from the guide here as part of this guide and send it to the address on the form.


Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can use Gift Aid to make your donations go further. We can claim 25p tax on every £1 that you give and it won’t cost you a penny more - all you need to do is complete the form below and send it to the Lightwave Treasurer.

Online donations

You can give to Lightwave - either to a specific group or to one of our rural resourcing churches or to the project as a whole. Click here to be taken directly to our online giving page

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions you might find our Frequently asked Questions document helpful. You can download it by clicking on this link.  If you have any other queries please either talk to your RRC church Treasurer or Lightwave Group Treasurer (if you have one) or leader where appropriate, or feel free to contact the Lightwave Project Manager and Treasurer, Andrew Gosden on, who will be very pleased to help.


Lightwave is part of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Board of Finance registered charity No 248919