“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 essentially setting aside a proportion of our income for God’s work. While some 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 heavily on donations to fund church upkeep, church events and mission links.  Much of this is put towards the necessary expenditure to keep the church functioning.  Anything on top of that is divided between improving our ministries and supporting our mission partners.  For more information please see our Annual Budget.

How do I go about giving?

Giving can be done via standing order, envelope or simply putting cash in the collection plate at the back of church.  Standing order and envelope request forms are available from the desk at the back of church, near the stairs.  Gift Aid forms are also available.  If you have any questions please contact Michael Hardman our treasurer in church or via the Parish Office Tel: 01494 783629.