St.Martin of Tours,
© 2021 Chelsfield PCC
Charity Number 1131573
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For many years St Martin’s has been blessed by the support it has received from congregation, friends and the wider community for God’s work. The Covid-19 situation has affected us all and the church hasn’t been immune from its consequences. Services were suspended, the Fete and Village Fair were cancelled, and there were no weddings. Although funerals were allowed, the rules around them resulted in very few occurring at St Martin’s.
Obviously this led to a significant reduction in our income. We’ve made every effort to cut our expenditure, both the day to day expenses and larger works, but our income looks likely to be half of what we received last year! The Treasurer, Churchwardens and I are all really concerned at the way our finances are looking, and with the support of the PCC we have launched a giving appeal.
Please have a look at the brochure, link to the Giving Appeal brochure , which gives a more detailed explanation of our position and how your contribution will help to sustain the worship and work of the church we love so well in these challenging times. If you’d like to help you can use any of the methods outlined below.
In 2020 your generous donations, including associated gift aid, raised nearly £12k allowing us to minimise our losses. As we move into 2021 your continued support would be greatly appreciated.
If there’s anything you’d like to discuss with me please email me or give me a ring, or you could speak to the Treasurer or one of the Churchwardens. All the details for this are on our ‘Contact Us’ page.
You can donate in the following ways:
Regular giving – set up a Standing Order with your bank to give the church a set amount each month, or once a year. It’s simple and safe, and the church will benefit from all of the money, as it doesn’t incur the administration costs of online giving.
One-off donation – if you’re not able to commit to giving something each month, but you’d like to make a donation to help us at this difficult time, you can -
Make a bank transfer - to the church bank account
To set up a standing order or make a one-off donation by bank transfer, please email email@example.com and we’ll send you more details. [We hope you will understand that, given the proliferation of scammers, we are reluctant to publish our bank details.]
Donate online - via GiveALittle via the Blue ‘Donate’ button below. The provider makes a small admin charge but you can still Gift Aid your donation.
Send us a cheque - to The Rector or Treasurer - contact Details
Giving in cash – although this is difficult at the moment with the restrictions around Coronavirus, as soon as it’s possible to do so, the brown & blue Free Will Offering envelopes will be made available in church for you to donate cash. Please place in the donations box (on the table in the church by the entrance).
By ‘online’ donation
You can donate ‘online’ through a link to a secure website operated by ‘GiveaLittle’ - just click the Donate button. This is Ideal for ‘one off’ donations and you can still add Gift Aid if you pay tax.Donate
Christian Aid has been one of the main charities supported by St Martin’s for many years and we would like to try to raise a good sum of money again for them this year, 2021.
In ‘normal times’ our fund raising could be fun!
Our Big Breakfast always went down well. Served in the Brass Crosby Room, people enjoyed a lovely breakfast together and made donations that were given to Christian Aid.
And for those of a more energetic disposition we took part (and would have loved to do so again this year) in the ‘Circle the City’ sponsored walk.
This year all we can do is to offer to sell you a homemade cake, or some other produce, and to appeal to your generosity. We will have a table in the Churchyard, near the car park entrance, after the morning service (from 11am) on Sunday 23May.
The work of Christian Aid
As most will know, Christian Aid focuses on the world’s needy, being involved in programmes addressing famine relief, refugees, climate change and tax justice. Their focus for this year’s appeal is climate change. In their materials they say:
This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.
From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.
Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.
We hope you may feel able to support Christian Aid Week this year 10 - 16 May 2021– all donations help, however large or small. (We will keep our donations open for the whole month of May)
You can donate in the following ways:
Online - at our ‘GiveALittle’ page for Christian Aid Week, using the following link .
By bank transfer
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the bank account details. [we hope you will understand that, given the proliferation of scammers, we are reluctant to publish our bank details]
If neither of the above options is suitable for you, please contact the Treasurer at email@example.com , who will be able to tell you where to send a cheque.