Our Stewardship Giving
Our parish is funded by the generosity of our parishioners and requires around £1,000 per week to support our Parish Priest, cover routine running costs and maintain our church buildings and grounds. As with any other endeavour there is a continuing need to increase our income and ensure value for money in our expenditure in order to keep up with ever increasing costs, particularly relating to energy costs and maintenance of our church buildings and grounds.
We continue to thank all those who are able to give to the parishes in many different ways.
How to Give Financially
If you would like to give financially, you can give by:
- St Mary’s has its own standing order form which can be downloaded from here:
- Please complete the downloaded form and hand it in at the Church.
- You can use online banking to set up a standing order using the account details on the above form if you prefer but please complete and return the Gift Aid Declaration part of the form if you are eligible to do so (see below).
- Follow the following link to donate online (or click on the donate button on the home page).
- It is possible to make a Gift Aid Declaration when giving on line.
Card machines in the church
- Debit/credit card readers are available close to the doors into/out of the church.
- It is possible to make a Gift aid declaration when using these machines
- Offertory cash donations
- Offertory collection boxes are available at weekend masses.
- It is possible to Gift Aid your cash donations if you place it in a completed Gift Aid envelope available on the table as you enter the church.
Just under half of our income comes from offertory giving and donations. About three quarters of this is given under the government’s Gift Aid scheme. which forms an extremely important part of our income. ‘Gift Aid’ boosts our income by 25p in every pound at no cost to the Parish or its parishioners. ‘Gift Aid’ can be applied to all contributions whether by bank standing order, online payments, card payments or as part of a loose collection, all that is needed is a signed declaration …
… and a record of what has been contributed (maintained by the treasurer).