Giving to St Mary’s

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.

Making a donation

We are always very grateful to those who wish to make donations to St Mary’s.

You can make a donation by text. Text EWELL 5 to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost your donation plus one standard message rate. Change the 5 to the amount you’d like to give, up to EWELL 20 to give £20.

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.

Regular Giving

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.

Parish Giving SchemeThe Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a secure and simple way of giving to St Mary’s on a regular monthly basis (or quarterly or annually if you prefer). It works by making a Direct Debit from your bank account on the 1st of the month, which is credited to our parish bank account by the 10th of the month. If eligible, you can opt to add Gift Aid and PGS claims this on our behalf, passing it back to St Mary’s which benefits our cash flow.

If you opt to increase your gift annually, PGS will write to you and advise you of the new amount. If this is acceptable you don’t need to do anything, but you can choose to add more or to decrease the amount if you wish. If the majority of our planned givers were to opt for this, it would have a huge impact on our finances. Like many churches, one of the problems we face is that of ‘static giving’, often through inertia rather than intention.

Three ways you can start giving to St Mary’s :-

You will need your bank details to set up the Direct Debit and, for phone or postal applications, St Mary’s unique parish code 170617160

We can send you a pack with full information and a form, or please do be in touch with us to find out more.

As you would expect information about the amounts given by regular donors is kept strictly confidential to the stewardship recorder and treasurer.

Other forms of giving

Some 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, Sarah Holmes or Finance Team, Donna Boosey would be very happy to answer any questions you may have.