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Give With Us

“For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.” (1 Chronicles 29.14)

St Mary Magdalen has stood as a centre of worship and service to the Chapelfields community for over one hundred years. The Church has had a lively past, and we pray that it will have an exciting future, but the costs of running St Mary Magdalen and its mission have to be paid for by the Church community. These costs include the upkeep of the building, our worship and mission, as well as the costs of employing, housing and training our priests (the Parish Share). In 2017 the cost of running St Mary Magdalen was £1373 per week. Part of that cost is met by renting out the premises and Gift Aid (reclaiming tax from donations that the Church has received), but the majority of our income comes from the regular and planned giving of the Church family.

What we each give is a matter between ourselves and God. What God expects of us is that we should each shoulder our responsibility as a member of the family of St Mary Magdalen to the best of our ability.

The Bible teaches the principle of proportionate giving – giving a percentage of our income: for example 2p per £1 or 3p for each £1 of our disposable income. The Church of England urges us to aim at a basic standard of 5p per £1 after tax – that is 5%.

Ways to give

How to give regularly

To give regularly to St Mary Magdalen, please set up a standing order via the Parish Giving Scheme. This is easy to do online, and you can even add Gift Aid to your donations, if you wish.

How to make a one-off donation

To make a one-off donation to St Mary Magdalen Church, please visit our Give A Little page.

Gift Aid

If you pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the UK, we can claim back 25p on every £1 you donate through the Gift Aid scheme, recovered from the money you’ve paid in those taxes. To make an enduing Gift Aid declaration (so that you only have to fill in one form to cover all your donations to St Mary Magdalen), please fill out our Planned and Regular Giving Form, or from the table at the back of the Church, and pass it to a Welcomer or Churchwarden.

Legacy Giving

If you are considering making a bequest to St Mary Magdalen in your will, and would like to talk to somebody or require more information, then please feel free to contact us — our contact details are at the bottom of the page. Any discussion we have with you will be treated in complete confidence. More information can be found on the Church of England legacy website.

Give by text message

Text SMMC01 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 to donate now. If you are a UK tax payer, you can opt to add Gift Aid to your donation (you will be sent a text message to confirm this).

Give while you shop

Whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for St Mary Magdalen! There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra. Just head to and join for free, then every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever.

There are no catches or hidden charges and St Mary Magdalen will be really grateful for your donations.

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