PCC Giving

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel and your loving service across the church family.

Whatever our gifts, resources or income level, God has graciously given us all things to steward for his glory. We are asking you to pause and to prayerfully consider how you might best steward your financial resources and to consider the support needed to enable the ministry at St Mary’s.

As a PCC, we only make a request of this sort once a year. We choose not to have collections, nor request giving frequently as we want to communicate how God’s grace to us is free to us. However, we want to encourage everyone annually to review the stewarding of their resources and to invite people to consider how they support the ministry in our church.

Summary of PCC finances

The PCC finances are divided between a General Fund and a Building Fund.

The General Fund covers the day to day running cost of the church, with the exception of staff costs which are paid by the St Mary’s Christian Workers Trust—a separate, independent organisation.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing and many churches have suffered loss of income in comparison with the pre-Covid year of 2019. Here at St Mary’s, for 2020 and 2021, the loss of giving from 2019 levels is projected at approximately £15,000. Expenditure has also been reduced and at the end of 2021 reserves are projected to have fallen by approximately £11,000. However, thanks to the past generosity of church members the level of net assets will cover approximately 10 months of the projected 2021 expenditure of £147,000. The level of reserves will continue to be monitored by the PCC.

If there were no significant increase in giving for 2022 there will be a shortfall of approximately £9,000 on budgeted expenditure of £184,500, including self-funding activities of approximately £40,000, with reserves remaining satisfactory. The PCC considers that it is not necessary to ask for an increase in the level of giving from existing donors. However, new giving is continually required to replace that which is naturally lost year on year due to regular givers leaving St. Mary’s, or changes in their circumstances. Over the last few years this has resulted in around £5,000 a year being lost.

The Building Fund is restricted to the development and maintenance of our buildings. There are ample funds available for foreseeable use and there is no need for increased or new giving to this fund.

How the money gets used

We set out a full account of how our resources are used in the Annual Report, which is available to all. However, some of the main expenditure includes:

  • A contribution to the Common Mission Fund. The salary, pension and housing costs of our Rector and Curate are paid for by the Diocese and this contribution helps cover those costs. Our contribution is related to the size of the congregation and will increase in 2022 by £4,150. The amount paid is £94,500 and represents 65.5% of budgeted expenditure. The amount does not change whether we currently have a Curate.
  • Routine running costs. These include utilities which cost around £12,000 a year and insurance of £3,000 a year.
  • Church mission. These include the many children and youth groups that meet during the week, some events and ministry with the wider community.
  • Less frequent costs. There is the occasional need to replace old worn-out equipment. In addition, moving to online services and the greater use of technology, will require investment in technical equipment.

Request from the PCC

While we are not asking existing donors to increase their giving, we really value your support and would ask you prayerfully consider your continued giving for 2022. Of course, if you are able to give more to the ministry, please consider doing so.

However, if you consider yourself to be a member of the St Mary’s church family and are yet to regularly give, we are encouraging you to commit to supporting the ministry financially. We will have very different income levels and resources; however, it is not the amount of giving that is important as the act of giving. Even very modest support is gratefully received and enables ministry to be supported in the future.

Please also consider a gift to St Mary’s PCC when you are writing your will. Legacies have been a very valuable help in the ongoing ministry of the church.

What to do next

If you are making a new commitment, or changing your existing giving, we would be grateful if you could respond by completing the ‘My Response’ form (and where appropriate including the Gift Aid declaration) to by Sunday 5 December 2022.

Please note that your response is confidential and not circulated within the church or PCC. Paper copies of all forms, including bank standing order forms, are available at the church office.

If you are a UK taxpayer please complete a Gift Aid Form as this increases the value of your gift by 25%.

For more information on:

  • The budget, contact David Elkin (07486 395778 or )
  • How to give, contact David Marlow (01256 766106 or )

Thank you for considering this request and, if you are already a regular giver to St Mary’s PCC, thank you very much for your continued generosity.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

2 Corinthians 8:8–9

With our warmest Christian greetings on behalf of your Church Council

My Response

Please fill in the form below (log in to autofill some fields), which will be sent to David Marlow, the stewardship secretary, only and used exclusively for the purposes of the PCC. Please contact him if you have any questions: .

Usual name:
Surname:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Address 3:
Address 4:
Postal Code:
Telephone:
Mobile:
One off gift of £:
Regular gift per month of £:
If you would prefer to give by cheque rather than bank transfer please tick:
I believe the Stewardship Secretary already has a valid Gift Aid Declaration in respect of my giving to the PCC:
I want to Gift Aid this donation (see notes below):
Please complete all fields

Please now set up your Standing Order payment using these bank details:

Name: St Marys Eastrop PCC
Sort code: 60-02-49
Account number: 01887327

Gift Aid

Please Gift Aid your donation if you can, currently worth 25p for each £1 given.

To ensure that this form is valid, please complete it for ONE PERSON only and ensure that your address is also given in this section in order to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. (If gifts are jointly given by more than one taxpayer please complete two declarations and indicate the proportion to be attributed to each person).

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. 

Please notify the Stewardship Secretary if: - i) you want to cancel this declaration. ii) you change your name or home address; iii) you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

Gift Aid is reclaimed by the PCC from the tax you pay for the current tax year, at present this adds 25p to every £1 you donate. If you pay tax at the higher rate, please refer to the notes in the appeal booklet.