The annual running costs of St. Mary’s is around £95,000, all of which has to be raised through the local church in the following ways...
As well as offering our time and talents in the service of God, members of the Church family are called to support the work of St. Mary’s financially — around a third of the annual budget is raised in this way! This generous giving of money can be done in a planned and regular way through using an envelope or, best of all, by setting-up a standing-order with the bank. If you would like more information, please contact our Stewardship Co-ordinator through the church office.
It is also possible for the Church to receive extra money through Gift Aid on all appropriately recorded donations from current tax-payers.
Collections and Donations
The systematic financial support of St. Mary’s through our Stewardship Scheme is supplemented by congregational collections at our various acts of worship, as well as one-off donations that are always welcome.
Fees are also received for any weddings or funerals (but not baptisms) and for various churchyard services (e.g. grave reservations and the interment of ashes) - a table of fees can be found inside the Church porch and is also available from the Parish Office.
St. Mary’s has a regular round of social and fundraising events organised by the Fundraising Committee (Harvest Supper, Safari Supper, Art Exhibition, Summer Fair and Raffle, Open gardens, Tower Tours and the annual Christmas Fayre), as well as hosting stalls at local events.
From time to time, money is generously left to St. Mary’s in people’s wills, for which we are always thankful. A PCC Legacy policy will be available later in the year. Please contact Revd David if you have any questions on legacies.