With the exception of a very small amount of income from hiring the hall, the ministry of St Mary’s relies entirely on the generosity of others. As a registered charity, we also claim Gift Aid on those donations from qualifying UK taxpayers. If you are eligible, when giving please do complete the Gift Aid Declaration as it makes a huge difference to our income.
For more detail see the annual report and accounts for St Mary’s which are lodged with the Charities Commission. These are available in church or online.
Most of the expenditure is monthly or quarterly. Our preference is, therefore, for people to commit to giving to St Mary’s on a regular basis, ideally monthly. However, we appreciate that for many monthly giving is not possible. Whatever the frequency, it is hugely helpful to our budgeting if we know you expect to make your gift. It is for this reason that each autumn we ask all our members to make a pledge for their giving in the coming year.
More details on how your donation will be used are set out in our costs. Once a year we have a separate ‘Making Mission Possible’ Day, when all donations go directly to Christian mission around the world and in our local community.