St. Mary's Church
Petworth

Giving during the Corona Virus Crisis

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n order to save lives across the country from today, 18th March 2020, all public worship is suspended, but St. Mary's services will continue to be held by the clergy and will be streamed and recorded on Facebook (search for user “FrMark”) and at http://stmaryspetworth.weebly.com/live-stream-of-services/.

THE CHURCH IS NO LONGER OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER following the STRICTER LOCKDOWN.

For how this affects services see the Message from Father Mark.

One of the direct consequences of closing the church to regular services is that there will be no collecting bags doing the Sunday rounds! Not only do we stand to lose the regular cash donations but also the gift aided donations and, even more significantly, the weekly yellow envelope donations.

Demands upon church finances won’t diminish one single jot, and we are struggling financially already!

So, we are asking you to revise the way you donate to church. Pending the launch of the Parish Giving Scheme, more of which fairly soon, we are suggesting that you can either make one-off weekly donations to the following church bank account:

Bank: Santander
Sort Code: 09-01-55
Account number: 43235807
Account Name: St Mary the Virgin Church


Or alternatively, please complete and return the standing order form to Andrew Howard. The standing order needs to be signed in order that he can send it on to your bank.

Cheques are not really the answer on this occasion, as Andrew will have difficulty paying them in under present “isolation” circumstances. Nor is cash, for the same reason. Failing all else, please put your regular donations to one side and then let Andrew have them when this is all over.

Please give this matter your urgent attention. As we said at the beginning of this letter, church bills are not going to go away.

Thank you,
Yours truly,

Eileen Lintill & Nick Wheeler (Church Wardens) and Andrew Howard (Treasurer)


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