There are many activities supported by the church and it is part of St Marys’ mission to be welcoming and to provide opportunities for everyone to get involved.
The activities of the church include Light Factory, Messy Church, family choir, links with St Marys Community Centre, links with Porter Croft School and the local Tenants and Residents Association and a contribution to the Diocese and the wider church through what is known as the Common Fund. We enjoy building our community through shared lunches, hospitality to strangers and participation in Timebuilders with members of St Marys Community Centre. The meditation group and small groups allow participants a space to invite God into their lives and to find out about the message of the Bible. Multi-faith links allow us to work with people of different faiths to further God’s message of peace and our mission partnership with other churches allows us to combine our resources to achieve more by co-operation than we can achieve alone.
The financial contributions from all of the different Church of England churches in the Diocese to the Common Fund mean that the Diocese can provide training for Pastoral Workers, Worship Leaders, Readers and Pioneer Ministers who enable us all to contribute to the mission of the church.
The work of the church follows a plan to transform our society and the world for the better.
71p in every pound given to St Marys is spent on mission. The rest is spent on heating an lighting the church, buying resources such as books and candles, paying ministry expenses as well as other miscellaneous expenses, such as the cost of advertising for a new vicar.
We will have a shortfall of just over £2,000 in 2016.
This is the equivalent of £1 per person per week.
The New Testament says that we should give in proportion to our income, in a regular and disciplined way, in a way that is realistic to the need, in secret and with joy.
We are grateful for all contributions to the work of St Marys and we are not asking people to give more than what they prayerfully consider to be the right amount. We just ask that people review their giving regularly, and that may mean that some are able to give more but it may also mean for others that they have to reduce their giving in accordance with their circumstances
Whether we currently give financially or not, this is a time of year for us all to review what we give to the work of God’s kingdom, through St Marys.
If you would like to contribute to the mission of St Mary’s church you can commit to regular giving through cash in the plate, through a weekly envelope scheme which is run by Margaret, or by standing order through your bank which can be set up using the forms on your chairs and handed to Angela.
Like any organisation with financial obligations it is important that we budget as well as we can, and giving by standing order really helps us to do this as we have a better idea of our likely income for the year. If you complete the Gift Aid section on the form, this means St Marys can claim an extra £2.50 for every £10 you give.
Today, for our Gift Day, if you want to make a one-off donation, please use the Gift Day envelope on your chair. And of course, it doesn’t just have to be today that you make your gift. If you aren’t in a position to make a gift today but you want to do so then any time in the next few weeks is fine. Again, if you complete your Gift Aid details, we can claim an extra £2.50 for each £10 you donate.
If you have any questions, please speak to Tom, Angela, or Margaret.