Giving during Coronavirus Pandemic now that Church is re-opening

Giving during Coronavirus Pandemic

Several members of our congregation have asked how they may make donations to the church funds under the current circumstances.  Parish Giving (you can now register by telephone on  0333 002 1271)  or a Direct Debit are the safest and most convenient methods but if you wish to donate at our forthcoming services then if at all possible please use a Yellow Gift Aid envelopes or your Freewill Offering envelope.  Cheques are easier to handle than cash. Payable to St Mary the Virgin Godmanchester PCC.  We will not be taking a collection at our services but there will be a plate at the door to allow you to leave your gifts. As always, please contact our Treasurer, Colin Thirlwall, if you have any queries about giving:  01480 457018

Giving during Coronavirus pandemic Here is a notice about giving from Colin Thirlwall for St Mary’s Godmanchester people (apologies to Hilton folk – you’re still welcome to read it!). Once again I am having trouble attaching documents, so here it is below: 


As our church has been closed we are clearly not getting any plate collections, fees or donations in the wall box or votive candle holder.  Although our outgoings have reduced we still have to pay our standing orders of around £8,000 per month including our parish share of £6,647.  We have reserves that will keep us going in the short term so there is no immediate panic.  Although many of our congregation donate by bank transfer (BACS), Standing Orders or the Parish Giving Scheme, for which we are extremely grateful, I know that some people are concerned that they are not able to support the work of the church under the current restrictions.  May I offer the following suggestions:

Free-Will Envelopes – please keep your (filled) envelopes until things return to normal as I am trying to avoid handling cash and hence visits to the post office to pay it in.

Bank transfers – if you wish to donate by BACS transfer, even temporarily,  please let me know and I will email the church bank details to you.  You can then a give one-off donation without any long-term commitment.  Please include your name as the reference.

Cheques – you can send cheques payable St Mary the Virgin Godmanchester PCC  to 49 London Rd, Godmanchester, PE29 2HZ as I have a applied to our bank for postal deposit envelopes.  Please let me know if the donation is for anything specific.

Parish Giving Scheme – this is the preferred method for regular donations as we get a single monthly payment for all of the income followed by a single payment of Gift Aid.  However,  the Parish Giving staff are currently operating from home so they cannot process any new applications.

If you already have a Parish Giving pack with an addressed envelope please note the new address below and wait until things return to normal before sending in the form.

Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) Team will be operating from a new location.