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 Ailsa said in her sermon in October about Christian giving.
Stewardship Sermon: 16.10.16
We are so fortunate in this church, but it is hard always to remember how blessed we are! So we have listened, through the autumn, to short reflections from different members of the church on their story at St Mary’s and what this church means to them. You can listen to them here [link]
We also ask that everyone who belongs to St Mary’s review how much they give to the church and how they give it.
It makes a huge difference to the church when people give by monthly standing order. This enables us to plan and budget. Remember with a standing order, you are in complete control of your giving and, if you need to cancel for any reason, you can easily do so directly with your bank.
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.
Gift Aid Decleration Form with notes – should be completed to accompany any one off payment to enable the church to reclaim any tax from the government.
About Parish Action
Parish Action was launched at the start of 2006. It set out its purpose to:
“Ensure that we in the parish are aware of the social issues locally and globally and that we take practical action to help address these issues.”
Its objectives are:
In many churches the equivalent committee is a ‘spending department’ rather than a ‘revenue raising department’. Parish Action’s approach is a bit different – we set out to raise the 10% of the church’s income, and to give it to our charities, rather than taking money from the church’s already stretched budgets.
In addition to raising money, Parish Action aims to ensure we are aware of social issues locally and globally and that we take practical action to help address these issues, assisting individuals and communities in transforming and improving their current situations.
We currently have six chosen charities who all strive to improve the situations of the people they support. All organisations have links to people in the congregation, and many are locally based. We also encourage and support fund-raising for many other charities including the Bishops Lent Appeal.
The charts at the foot of the page show how the funds were raised in 2015 and how the money has been spent.
Parish Action 2015-17
In the first half of 2014 Parish Action surveyed the parish on which charities it wanted to continue to support and which it wanted to drop.
The plan for 2015 to 2017 is therefore:
- Glass Door (West London Churches Homeless Concern) – January to March
Parish Action is running the night shelter on a Monday night for 12 weeks from January to March. Raising money and awareness for the charity.
- Bishop’s Lent Appeal – Lent
Parish Action will run a fund raising campaign to make a donation to the Bishop’s Appeal – using the Lent lunches in both churches to raise awareness about the appeal.
- Home Start Wandsworth – April
Parish Action will organise volunteering for HSW families and raise money for HSW
- Christian Aid – May
Parish Action will organise the street collection and fund raising events, including the popular car wash, and awareness raising for CA.
- Vulindlela Guardians – June/July
Parish Action will run a fund raising campaign including Parish Picnic. If you would like to sponsor a child please click https://mydonate.bt.com/events/vulindlelaguardians2017
- Hestia – November/December
Parish Action will raise money through the Parish Christmas Fair, volunteer and involve families in parish Christmas activities.
Funds raised by charity 2015
What can you do?
We hope you all will learn about the organisations we support and the issues they face by giving time for volunteer programmes with your skills and practical support.
The Charities we Support
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
All Saints’ Contact: T.B.C.
St Mary’s Contact: Alexis Chapman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Formerly Wandsworth Women’s Aid, Hestia has been supporting women and children fleeing from domestic violence for over 37 years. They manage three refuge houses in Wandsworth employing six full time and two part time staff, and they provide a comprehensive programme of support for the residents and their children. Hestia has a turnover of about £400k and there are opportunities to volunteer to help renovate, decorate and improve their houses and gardens. If you are interested in volunteering at one of the refuges, or would like to donate good quality clothes and toys, please see contacts below:
All Saints Contact:
Kate Innes at: email@example.com
St Mary’s Contact: T.B.C.
Home Start Wandsworth
Home Start Wandsworth – is a local charity which supports 28 families at present all of whom are facing a difficult period of time because of illness, disability, bereavement or social isolation. Each family receives a volunteer visitor once a week to help support the family. It has many volunteering opportunities either working directly with a family or supporting those that do. It has a turnover of about £35k.
Bishops Lent Appeal
From Bishop Christopher: The theme for the 2016 Lent Call is ‘Caring for the Whole Person’. We have selected projects from the Holy Land, some of which will be visited by the pilgrims on the Diocesan Pilgrimage which takes place during Lent 2016. We have also included projects from Zimbabwe and this Diocese which seek to look at caring for the whole person, including education, healthcare and employment. Alongside our giving is also a call to prayer for these projects and the needs they address. The projects we are assisting this year are listed overleaf to help you, and the communities you lead and serve, frame your use of the Lent Call during this holy season.
All Saints’ Contact: T.B.C.
St Mary’s Contact: T.B.C.
Sponsor a Child to go to school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Vulindlela Guardians is run by volunteers in Bulawayo and is supported by our parish and Rotary Worldwide. We pay school fees for children who have nobody to pay for their education. Our feeding scheme means that the children will not go to school with empty tummies while food is scarce in Zimbabwe.
Vulindlela Guardians – Sponsor a Child Appeal
Our parish has raised money for hundreds of Aids orphans to go to school in Bulawayo over the past 9 years. These are children who have one or no parents living and who cannot afford school fees. They come together at the Vulindlela Centre in Bulawayo where social worker, Patricia Tshabalala provides a place for them to do homework and use the small library. With the drought in recent years there is widespread hunger in Matabeleland, so last year we introduced a feeding scheme, whereby the children are given ePap, a nutritional, easy-to-prepare porridge by volunteers at the centre. This has been a great success.
Ang Dales from our Parish went to Bulawayo in April and met Patricia and children – she was touched and inspired by Patricia’s dedication and the wonderful community spirit . Before their meal, the children joined hands in a big circle to say their prayer of thanks, and to sing together.
Patricia gave Ang a letter to everyone in the parish, saying ‘Thank you for the love, care and support you give to the children and all of us, giving hope and strength to go on. May the good Lord bless you!’
School fees for a child for a year are £90 and it costs £50 to feed a child for a year on Epap. Every little helps! To donate, click on this link:
For further information please contact Ang Dales at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Chantry Westwell at email@example.com
Formerly known as West London Churches Homeless Concern, Glassdoor relieves poverty among street homeless people in West London by providing accommodation, advice and support. Each winter since 1999, churches of different denominations in West London have provided the venues for our night shelter. Many other churches provide financial and in-kind support
As London’s largest emergency winter night shelter, Glass Door provides a safe, warm place to sleep for 70 to 100 men and women a night in partnership with churches across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Barnes and Putney. Homeless guests also have access advice, food, showers and laundry facilities from drop-in day centres. Every night 2 churches open their doors to 35 homeless people, they are given dinner and a warm space in which to sleep.
The night shelter at St Mary’s Church opens on 7th November 2016 and it will be running every Monday for 23 weeks through to Easter. Glass Door not only saves lives by providing refuge from the cold, we also help our guests build more stable futures.
For more information go to: www.glassdoor.org.uk
Contact: Clemancy Gordon-Martin at: firstname.lastname@example.org