St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
© 2020 Chelsfield PCC
Charity Number 1131573
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Giving Appeal 2020
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 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.
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.
With every blessing,
Yours in Christ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Harvest Charity Giving
Harvest is the time when over the centuries the church has celebrated and given thanks for God’s blessing of the earth. Our Old Testament lesson promises rich blessings on those who observe God’s commandments. Jesus summary of the Law reminds us that this means both ‘loving God’ and ‘loving our neighbour’.
The reading from Corinthians offers a practical illustration of this as the local church is asked to give generously to a collection for the struggling church in Jerusalem.
These days of Covid-19 may not feel like days of blessing, yet we are indeed being blessed. The generous response of church members and the wider community to our giving appeal have given a huge boost of £10,000 to date to our church funds – helping to make up for some of the income lost whilst we have been closed.
We know that life is difficult for many people at present, families and businesses as well as churches. Charities in particular have been hit hard. As you know St Martin’s has pledged to tithe our free income to support charities and with our reduced income the amount we have to give will be much less than in past years.
The PCC is therefore asking that we have a special Harvest-tide collection to support three of our favourite charities. If you can help find a little extra please forward your gift marked ‘Harvest’ through our usual channels *. As St Paul reminds us, ‘Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’.
The Leprosy Mission could not have imagined the huge changes and challenges that the coronavirus would bring. So many aspects of life have been impacted with additional burdens for communities and people affected by leprosy. With weakened immune systems and poor sanitation, people with leprosy are susceptible to the virus. For many communities affected by leprosy, social distancing is difficult or culturally hard to understand.
The Bridge Trust is a small, local and independent homelessness charity that has been supporting single homeless people in West Kent since 1991. They provide secure and safe accommodation in the community alongside one to one support to help people recover from whatever issues they have faced that has led them to become homeless, or may be a barrier to them moving on. To date the charity has helped over 6,000 homeless people with advice, accommodation and support and significantly they have housed over 700 people in that time.
Rochester Diocese - Poverty & Hope Appeal is challenged in this time of global pandemic, when it is tempting to focus exclusively on the needs of our local communities. The appeal is anxious not to forget marginalised people and communities living in poverty across the globe. Their needs remain and, in many cases, have been exacerbated by COVID-19. The projects work with the local Church so that support is a huge encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ as they reach out to help their local communities. This year the Appeal is continuing to support, in prayer, and financially, projects in Burundi, Syria, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and, as always, Commonwork Trust in the UK.
Today’s gospel story about the healing of lepers reminds us of the need to give thanks and praise to God for his blessings. As the American evangelist Mark Batterson puts it, ‘God doesn’t bless us to raise our standard of living – he blesses us to raise our standard of giving!
* If you currently donate to St.Martins by Bank Transfer you may also send an additional one off amount for our Harvest Charity Appeal to the same ‘StMartins Chelsfield’ account either add the reference ‘Harvest’ or email the treasurer: email@example.com to request that the amount be allocated to the ‘Harvest’ Charity Appeal.
If you wish to contribute to St.Martins’ main supported Charity, Christian Aid, you may do so through St.Martin’s, with no deducted admin charges, by Bank Transfer, see above, just add the letters CAW as a reference to your donation.