Help Our Church
St. Margaret’s Church is here to
serve the people of our Parish. Many
people come to have their children Baptised, to get Married, to hold the
Funeral Service of a loved one or to lay their remains to rest in the
surrounding Churchyard. Many people pop
in to the building to pray, to seek help in time of trouble or to give thanks
for some special moment.
The Church building is here because
of the efforts of the past but it has to be maintained and kept available for
the future. St. Margaret’s, like most
churches, does not get money from the government or have wealthy endowments. All the costs of the building and providing
the ministry of the church has to be met from current fundraising, our weekly
collections and special events. Nationally there are charges for Marriage and
Funeral services and we have to charge to cover the costs of the volunteers who
play the music, ring the bells or sing. The Vicar is the only full time member of
staff but is supported by a team of willing volunteers.
To help support the work of the
Church and the upkeep of the building we are always glad of one-off donations
or regular giving. The one concession
from the government is that through Gift Aid we can reclaim the income tax on
gifts from those who pay tax. (This
amounts to 25p for every £1 given.)
Please ask for details if you would
like to help in any way, regular giving, one-off gifts to support the running
of the church, or to help maintain the fabric. Would you also consider remembering the Church
in your Will?
Inflation may be low but prices keep going up and
maintaining a listed building gets more and more expensive. The congregation has worked hard to keep our
income steady but over the last few years this has not met our outgoings and we
have been short each month by over £1,000.
Clearly this cannot go on without us having to take drastic action.
We have cut back our expenditure where possible but it is
imperative that the work of the Church goes on.
The Lord will help us but he looks to us to play our part.
Could you help? A
one-off donation would be greatly valued, or if you can, would you join our
regular giving scheme? Please contact
the Parish Office for a leaflet or further details.
With God’s grace and together we can overcome this
we raise the extra £15,000 for our Appeal ?