Like most churches, St Mary & St Michael’s depends for its income almost entirely on the giving from its members and supporters. It is not financed by the state or by wealth inherited from past generations. St Mary & St Michael’s needs this income in order to sustain and develop its mission in our community. The day to day running of the church is approximately £1,000 a week.
The approximate amount required for 2014 is £53,000 for the year, this is what our
Parish Offering contributes 100% towards i.e. it goes to pay for providing ministry
locally, across the Diocese. That provides a clear target for Teams, Groups and benefice
to aim for to maintain ministry cover locally -
Our emphasis is upon the Church membership and contributing towards the needs of
the wider community -
It is therefore in this spirit that we ask everyone to reflect on their own giving,
and to give as much as they can, preferably via planned giving if possible. One-
How much should I give?
In the Old Testament, God called His people to give 10% as their tithe. Additional freewill offerings were over and above this. In the New Testament, we are under grace not law, and therefore we should be motivated to give even more freely. How much you give is a matter for prayerful consideration between you and the Lord. There will be times and seasons when you can give freely of your time but not so freely of your income and other times where the reverse will be true; the important thing is that we should be giving something. Those living off diminishing funds will of course find it particularly hard to give financially but giving time, service and prayer is equally as valuable.
How can I give?
If your income is irregular, or if you do not consider yourself a member but would
still like to support the work of St Mary & St Michael’s, then you may wish to give
Remember that income tax payers can increase the value of their gift, whether one-