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 via internet banking use this form
Electronic Giving Form – right click to download (and select ‘save as’) – if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader v8 or later, you can download and fill in this form electronically. It combines a Gift Aid Form with a Parish Records Form and Standing Order information.
Please Note: This form will not work if you open the file in your browser – it must be downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader.
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.
- 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 Appeal
The Parish of Putney has paid for hundreds of orphans in our Link Diocese of Matabeleland to go to primary school in Bulawayo over the past 7 years. These are children who have one or no parents living and who have no means to pay for a basic education without our help. They come together at the Vulindlela Centre in Bulawayo where Patricia Tshabalala, a social worker, provides a place where they can do homework and use the small library. Sometimes, if there is money, they are given a basic meal.
The Vulindlela Centre in Bulawayo
A message from Patricia:
Something interesting about Vulindlela is we honour our word; we pay the fees for the children and everytime we get someone who comes in when we see darkness, when we will be out of funds and not knowing where to start and where to get funds God comes in and we get school fees for our orphans. Education wise we have made a great difference to the vulnerable and orphaned children – they all go to school to do their 7 years primary education. God Bless you in Putney Churches and Rotary and everyone who supports us!
Patricia Tshabalala in the Vulindlela Centre
These are two of the children we sponsor:
Alicia Ncube stays with her grandmother, Kettie Ncube, mother to Alicia’s father who died a year ago, leaving this child with a sick mother. Alicia is 7 years and is at Insukamini Primary School. Alicia has a caring grandmother who looks after her and cares so much for her and her mother and she says thanks to Putney churches and Rotary. Lord Bless you all !
Siyabonga Kuneni is a boy aged 8 and at Helemu Primary School. His parents are both sick and are disabled as they had a long illness. Siyabonga says he feels for his grandmother as she is the breadwinner and she is old. Sometimes they go for days without food and this child is so thin. He is always quiet and isolates himself and if you ask him why, he tells you that he is hungry. He told me that it was taking long for him to grow up so he could look after his parents and grandmother then he started to cry; he does well at school and he is so thankful to Vulindlela for paying his school fees
Annual school fees are £80 per child. We are aiming to raise £8,000 this year through our sponsor a child scheme to pay for 100 children. If you are able to support the Vulindlela Guardians this year, please click here and make a donation on the Parish Action mydonate page.
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