Our Church, Our Giving
It is normal to give to the church that you are a part of, as you would contribute to your own family expenditure. Here at St Mary’s your offering provides funds for the many amazing ministries that we are blessed with as well as the needs of the poor through local, national and international organisations, with which St Mary’s works in partnership. Not forgetting the more obvious physical upkeep of the 3 buildings, minibus and staff costs.
There are several ways to give to St Mary's, however we have found that for most people the easiest way to give is through our Parish Giving Scheme, details for this and other methods you will find below. Whatever method you decide on please remember if you are a tax payer and are eligible then do complete a gift aid declaration so we can claim an additional 25% on your donations. This will mean that for every £20 you donate we can claim back an additional £5 in tax from HMRC.
Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”
2 Corinthians 9: 7
Online giving is a quick and easy way to give. You can access our secure giving app via your smartphone, tablet and personal computer. Click on the button below which will take you to our payment system and complete the online form with your details.
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Parish Giving Scheme
The most effective and convenient way to give is through our Parish Giving Scheme, it is a free way to help you plan your giving and if you are a tax payer, to do so tax efficiently. It uses a secure and efficient direct debit system for ease and peace of mind.
It's easy to sign up just follow the link below remembering to have to hand St Mary's Parish Code which is 270627709 and know that we are in the Diocese of Oxford
(In these times of virtual church, whilst it is a real blessing that we can still worship and connect with each other, it does mean that this option is not currently available, your donations are still needed so please consider using the Parish Giving Scheme instead.)
If you prefer, you can still give during our services by leaving your offering in our donation plate, which is situated near the front door.
In addition, gift aid envelopes are available next to the donation plate, these allow St Mary's to claim an extra 25p for every £1 given from HMRC.
Please make cheques payable to ‘St Mary's PCC Bletchley’.
If you are a UK Taxpayer you can add Gift Aid to your giving. Gift Aid is a government initiative, where the basic rate of tax you have already paid on your giving is relinquished to the charitable organisation you are giving to. For example, for every £1 you give, St Mary's Church receives £1.25. Simply complete the declaration below.
The first time you add Gift Aid to your giving, you will need to fill in the Gift Aid declaration. Use the online form below or use a Giving Envelope in church. From then on Gift Aid is automatically added to your giving. If you give by standing order, we can also claim gift aid on these amounts. For other electronic forms of giving please make sure you complete the questions regarding gift aid. Also, if you are in a higher income-tax bracket, then you can claim back the tax on your giving which is above the basic rate. You can contact HMRC for guidance on how you can make this claim.
If you would like assistance with regards registering for Gift Aid please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid Declaration Form *
I am happy for all gifts of money that I have made to St Mary's Church in the past four years and all future gifts of money that I make, to be Gift Aid donations. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax & Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of my donations across all Charities, it is my responsibility to pay any difference.
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