Giving to the Church
Church Members’ regular giving
Church of England churches are entirely self-financing. So St Mary’s can only operate because of the generosity of its members funding our worship and our work.
But it is also true to say that we are asked as Christians to be generous in giving to the church and those in need in response to God’s goodness to us. We know everyone’s circumstances are different. It is a matter of personal conscience and response to God. Click this link to read what Rev’d John Whittaker said as part of his AGM sermon on 17th March 2019. In May this year St Mary’s will hold a funding programme when there will be further input to reflect on this area of stewardship.
God’s Generosity – Our Response – Supporting our Church
If you were at Church on Sunday 12th May, you would have heard bible readings, prayers, preaching and hymns on giving and our request that you reflect on your regular planned giving to the church. To listen to Rev’d John’s sermon, please do click on this link HERE
We also ask that everyone who belongs to St Mary’s review how much they give to the church and how they give it.
Why we give
All that we are and all that we have comes from the goodness and love of God. Christianity invites us all to respond with thankfulness giving of our gifts, time and money to the work of God’s church and the support of others in need. We are called to be generous, realistic and sacrificial in our giving.
Themes that will be covered over the next few weeks
Over the next few weeks, we ask that you carefully and prayerfully reflect on your committed regular giving to the church. To help you in this reflecting we will write to you about: ‘How our church centres on worship and prayer. Why our church building and community is so important. The role of our church in pastoral care and love. How our church teaches and nurtures children.’
Why is this important?
The costs we incur to carry out the work we believe God calls us to are substantial. They have recently increased with the appointment of a families minister to support all those working with our young people and children. We ask those not currently giving in a regular committed way to start and those already giving to consider increasing the amount.
How can I be involved?
We would like you to reflect on the amount of money you regularly give to our church and how you give. Regular monthly planned giving allows us to prepare for our shared future. If you don’t contribute monthly and are in a position to do so, please click on the link below to start a monthly subscription using our simple online form. HERE
If you would like to set up a regular standing order, please use the form below:
Standing Order Form – a form to enable you to set up a monthly payment from your bank to the church.
If you would like to make a one-off payment please use the following form:
Gift Aid Declaration Form with notes – should be completed to accompany any one off payment to enable the church to reclaim any tax from the government.
Or you can use this QR code: