St. Mary's Church
Petworth

Giving during the Corona Virus Crisis

Public church services were suspended on 18th March 2020 but restarted from 5th July 2020. However services will continue to be live streamed and recorded for those choosing not to attend.

THE CHURCH IS ALSO OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER.

For how this affects services see the Message from Father Mark.

One of the direct consequences of closing the church to regular services is that we have lost the regular cash donations but also the gift aided donations and, even more significantly, the weekly yellow envelope donations. Donations at church services will be placed in the collecting box by donors rather than by passing collecting bags around.

Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on Saint Mary’s finances, our average monthly income is around half of the normal, and without any compensating cost savings. From October 2020 Saint Mary's preferred way to give regularly is the Parish Giving Scheme. Here are the links to a detailed explanation of how it works and the application form:-

Parish Giving Scheme Information

Parish Giving Scheme Application Form



You can donate on-line using this link to our Charities Aid Foundation page:-

Donate on-line via CAF


Or you can make one-off donations by bank transfer to the following account. If you are a UK tax payer help us to claim gift by emailing the treasurer giving your name, postcode and amount of your donation:-

Bank: Santander
Sort Code: 09-01-55
Account number: 43235807
Account Name: St Mary the Virgin Church


Or you can complete and return the standing order form to Andrew Howard. The standing order needs to be signed in order that he can send it on to your bank.

Cheques are not really the answer on this occasion, as we will have difficulty paying them in under present “isolation” circumstances. Nor is cash, for the same reason. Failing all else, please put your regular donations to one side and then let Andrew have them when this is all over.

Please give this matter your urgent attention. As we said at the beginning of this letter, church bills are not going to go away.

Thank you,
Yours truly,

Eileen Lintill & Nick Wheeler (Church Wardens) and Andrew Howard (Treasurer)


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