St Mary’s Church relies entirely on donations and giving from church members to support our work and for the upkeep of our buildings and grounds. We are most grateful to everyone who supports St Mary’s through financial gifts, and also to those who support with their time and talents.
Regular giving to the church is an important part of Christian discipleship. Over eighty individuals and families give in a regular and planned way, and we hope that newer members of St Mary’s will consider joining us.
There are various different methods of regular giving which are used by people in our church. The Parish Giving Scheme is a new scheme that an increasing number of people– me included– are now using to give to St Mary’s. It’s easy to set up and works through your bank account (like other Direct Debits and standing orders) and it also offers various advantages to St Mary’s in minimizing administration. We can send you a pack with full information and a form, or please do be in touch with us to find out more. Other people prefer to give through weekly or monthly coloured envelopes– again we can let you have a supply if this is what you prefer. Our stewardship recorder Miriam Massey or treasurers Noel and Angela Burns would be very happy to answer any questions you may have. Give your contact details to the parish office, and one of the finance team will be very happy to get back in touch with you.
As is the usual tradition in the Church of England, the information about the amounts given by regular donors is kept strictly confidential to the stewardship recorder and treasurer. The Vicar is given a list of regular donors by the finance team for the purpose of writing thank you letters, but does not know the level of anyone’s giving.
Because God loves us He has blessed us with many possessions, such as time, talent, and treasure. The way we use our possessions demonstrates our love to Him.
There is, of course, never any obligation to continue any level of regular giving when personal circumstances change.
Making a donation
We are always very grateful to those who wish to make donations to St Mary’s. You can make a donation now through this website by clicking on the Virgin Money Giving button right, or by clicking here.
There are also collections in church at most services. For taxpayers, ‘Gift Aid’ envelopes are available in church– if you fill this in, we can reclaim tax on your donation.
Particular Gifts to St Mary’s
Often people like to make a particular gift to St Mary’s in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special event. Recent gifts to St Mary’s have been made for particular purposes including the refurbishment of the parish room,and replacement carpets for the altar area.
Through the easyfundraising website you can raise money for St Mary’s at no cost to yourself. Click here, register on the easyfundraising site, and then visit Amazon, John Lewis, or hundreds of other retailers through the easyfundraising links. St Mary’s will receive a percentage of the money you spend.
Leaving a Legacy to St Mary’s
We are sometimes asked for information from those thinking of leaving money to St Mary’s in their will. In response to these requests, we have written a guide to mentioning St Mary’s in your will, which is available in church or can be downloaded below.
Leaving a Legacy to St Mary’s (large download)