Giving

“But when you give…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
  Matthew 6:3-4

Christian giving is setting aside a proportion of our income for God’s work. While many Christians aim to follow a Biblical (Old Testament) principle of 10% as their basic and regular level of giving, there is no prescribed percentage and our personal circumstances will of course have a bearing on what we feel able to give.

Ultimately giving is a private matter between us and God – something we talk over in prayer with Him. For this reason confidentiality is very important to us.  God doesn’t present us with a bill or subscription charge. His overflowing benefits – His love, His salvation through Jesus Christ, all come absolutely free. So what we give Him is our free and thankful response.

Where is my money going?

St Mary’s relies on donations to pay for our staff, looking after the church buildings, church events and mission links.  We aim to give away at least 15% of our income each year to our Mission Partners, and support other local churches with people and financial support.  For more information please see our Annual Budget.

How do I go about giving?

We are part of The Parish Giving Scheme.

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This excellent scheme is very efficient and user-friendly, and automatically collects any Gift Aid that we can claim on your donation. Forms are available on the Church Welcome Desk or please ring the Church Office to ask for one – 01494 783629.