Donations, Stewardship & Legacies
at St Mary's Church
As Christian people, we are called by God to service, just as Jesus’ own disciples
were called to gather people into God’s Kingdom. This is our mission and to
achieve this God has made each one of us unique with different and varied gifts.
These gifts, or talents, are the building blocks of our Christian common life.
When we think about our giving in the service of God, we are not simply thinking about our financial support which pays for the mission, ministry and upkeep of the church; this is a good place to start, but there are also practical and spiritual things, for we all have a part to play in the day to day running of our church by giving our time. Indeed, there are so many ways in which we can play a part in the life of this church and community of Thorpe.
Our 2019/20 Stewardship leaflet explains more about our costs. As we reflect upon our giving we want to encourage ‘holy habits’ within our church, so that giving becomes second nature. Most people want to be generous, and we are so thankful for the generosity, love, time and faithfulness of so many. Thank you.
As we reflect upon our various gifts so we recognise that God is generous and good and all that we have is of his bounty. The scriptures remind us of this:
“But who am I, and what are my people, that we should be able to make this freewill-offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”
(1 Chronicles 29:14)
St Mary’s Church Thorpe relies entirely on donations and giving from church members to support our work and for the upkeep of our buildings and grounds. We are most grateful to everyone who supports St Mary’s Church with financial gifts, regular giving, fundraising and also to those who support with their time and talents.
Regular giving to the church is an important part of Christian discipleship. Over sixty individuals and families give in a regular and planned way, and we hope that newer members of St Mary’s will consider joining us too. As we prepare to draft a new Church Development Plan, to take us beyond the Covid-19 crisis and guide us up to 2025, we are encouraging diverse teams of people to lead various aspects of our life together and we hope that over time you will be able to share in this. Please do reflect upon your gifts and talents and make suggestions of ways you would like to be more involved in your Church. One important aspect of our commitment to God is the support of St Mary's financially by joining our Planned Giving and Gift-Aid with a regular monthly donation by standing order or weekly green envelope - both of which can be gift-aided.
This planned approach enables St Mary's Parochial Church Council (PCC) to budget effectively as we seek to cover our £2900 weekly costs of ministry (including the Parish share contribution), shared costs and church running costs including maintenance of our historic medieval church building. (Our Bank details are available upon request or pick up a standing order form from the church. You need to set this up directly with your bank / online). Your financial gift will help St Mary’s Church meet increasing Parish Share – our share in the cost of the wider Diocese of Guildford and ministry of the Church of England in Thorpe and beyond. For Thorpe this contribution will rise every year over the coming five years:
2021 = £54,439, 2022 = £58,769, 2023 = £63,281 & 2024 = £67,982.
This is because a new system for calculating Parish Share has been introduced across the Diocese of Guildford and historical subsidies (which we formerly received here at St Mary's) have been abolished. We must now meet all our costs locally, including the Parish Share and maintenance of our historic Medieval Church. Very kindly Guildford Diocesan Synod froze 2021 contributions at the same level as 2020 and we praise God and rejoice with thanksgiving that we were able to meet our 2020 share in full - £54,439. Thank you to all who contributed.
To help you work out how much you could contribute towards supporting this challenge we are asking everyone to consider Proportional Giving - an amount based on your income. We are also asking everyone to consider adding a Legacy to their will to help support St Mary's well into the future.
Together, as the family of faith, there is no challenge that we can't overcome if our focus and desire is the building-up of God's Kingdom and the offering of the very best of who we are in worship - and how exciting that really is! Thank you for all that you bring to this community and we hope very much that you will be able to be more involved over time and enjoy our life together. God is busy in Thorpe bringing about His kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven – be a part of the journey!
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