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Baptism

Baptism involves declaring faith in God and being washed with water. It means being cleansed from sin, being united to Jesus Christ, receiving his Holy Spirit and becoming God’s children. Sometimes called ‘Christening’.

Confirmation

Confirmation is about ‘confirming’ the faith in God we declared at baptism. It also involves being strengthened by God’s Holy Spirit. In the Church in Wales it is administered by the bishop.

Eucharist

‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.

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Gift Direct

As part of the Church in Wales' response to the Covid pandemic it has developed online tools to help you manage your donation to your church or parish. You can choose where the donation goes, how much to donate and how regularly you would like to give.

By giving, you will be supporting us in our work across Wales, including:

  • Clergy and training across the country
  • Pastoral visits to vulnerable people
  • Confirmation courses
  • Comfort for the bereaved
  • Every baptism offered
  • Every sermon preached
  • Every eucharist celebrated
  • The ministry and mission of the Church in every community.

Gift Aid

You may also Gift Aid your donation.

Gift Direct is the way that the Church in Wales manages Gift Aid donations. Gift Aid is a UK tax incentive that enables tax-effective giving by individuals to charities in the United Kingdom. Setting up a Gift Direct payment is a way that you can directly help the work of the Church at a local or national level.

With Gift Direct:

  • You, the giver, are always in control
  • Managing donations is easier for you and your church
  • There are no last-minute scrambles for spare change or a cheque book
  • Churches get a regular monthly amount which helps planning

If you are taxpayer, Gift Aid can be claimed – increasing the value of your donation. For more details on how the Gift Direct system operates, please download the Gift Direct Leaflet (PDF), see our FAQs or contact giftdirect@churchinwales.org.uk

Gift Direct is administered by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales, which is a registered charity. Registered Charity Number 1142813.