Supporting our Church
Thank you for thinking about how you can support us.
St Mary’s is a thriving church offering a focus for our worship, a witness to God’s love and a welcome to all. We have exciting plans to develop our buildings, to extend our work with young people and to reach out to those in need in our community.
In response to God’s love, we are called to live gratefully and generously and that includes using our time, our abilities and our money in God’s service.
So we’ve summarised below some possible ways you can support us. Please contact us or one of our clergy if you want to find out more on any of the subjects below.
Your prayer and worship
You can support St. Mary’s by your presence at our services, and by your prayers, whether at home or in church or with others. Our Prayer page on this website has lots of ideas about other ways you can support and join us in prayer.
Your time and abilities
If you count yourself as part of our congregation then please do think about how your time and abilities can best help us. Here are some of our activities that you may be able to help us with:
cleaning and maintaining our church so we can open it every day to welcome all;
decorating our church with flowers and banners to enhance its beauty;
visiting the sick and housebound and comforting the bereaved;
helping at school assemblies and/or our youth and children’s groups;
helping prepare couples for marriage and families for baptism;
organising support for our linked missionaries and our adopted charities;
showing the love of Christ to all through our care, comfort and compassion;
or for other ideas, why not have a look at our various groups to see which you might best be able to help?
Joining our Electoral Roll
If you’re a regular church attender and 16 or older you may become a member of our Church by filling in this Electoral Roll Application Form – and making the declarations on it or contact our Electoral Roll Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org. The Electoral Roll is simply a “Church Membership” list and entitles you to a vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting at which the members of the Parish Church Council are elected.
"Each of you must give you as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance…" 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Everyone must decide for themselves what to give — we all face different circumstances. An important principle in thinking about how much to give is the idea of “giving in proportion to what you have.” The Church of England’s guideline is to give 5% of our income as a starting point. Some Christians follow the Biblical example of giving a tithe, 10%.
Regular Planned Giving
If you can support us financially then regular giving via a Standing Order helps us to plan tax efficiently, as does using the yellow envelopes in the pews. Or you can give to our building project here. Whatever you can give, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated, and further increase in value by 25% if you are able to gift aid it. This leaflet on Planned Giving has more information and a form to complete.
Contact us to learn more, or to discuss how you can help.
One off donations
These are always most welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Saffron Walden PCC and and sent to The Rector, The Parish Office, St Mary’s Church, Church Path, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JP If you are a UK taxpayer, we can also claim Gift Aid of 25p in every £1 you donate, whether as a single gift or by standing order. A gift Aid form can be downloaded here.
Wills and Legacies
Have you considered leaving a proportion of your estate as a gift in your will to our parish? This leaflet on Wills and Legacies explains a bit more about how you might do this.
For more information, please get in touch with us on our Who's Who and Contact page.
Our response: As a community centred on the Risen Christ - who became poor, so that by his poverty, we may become rich - we live in response to what God has given us. We make our lives an offering, our time, our money and our love.
"Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own do we give you."