during the Corona Virus Crisis
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
CHURCH IS NO LONGER OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER following the
how this affects services see the
Message from Father Mark.
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:
Sort Code: 09-01-55
Account Name: St Mary the Virgin Church
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.
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
Please give this matter your
urgent attention. As we said at the beginning of this
letter, church bills are not going to go away.
Lintill & Nick
Wheeler (Church Wardens) and Andrew