The place of Giving – The School and Alms Cottages here on Mount Dinham were built in the 1860s from the philanthropy of John Dinham. St Michael’s Church itself was established as a “Chapel of Ease for the Poor of the Parish” thanks to the generous benefaction of William Gibbs. Today, St Michael’s members continue to support charities, including those featured below.
However, apart from GiftAid recovered on taxable donations, Churches in the UK receive no funding from Government, and C of E churches receive no direct funding from their Dioceses. Indeed the Diocese of Exeter ‘taxes’ us £400 per week towards the cost of clergy across Devon.
It costs about £700 per week to keep St Michael’s open as a place of prayer, worship and mission, staffed, maintained, heated and giving pastoral and practical care to its community. With a small and diverse membership of about 50, we have a current shortfall of over £200 per week, sustained over past years by generous legacies, but now we need to boost our income through Stewardship, Fundraising and Events.
Regular Planned Giving, with GiftAid if eligible, is the most cost-effective way of supporting your Church financially. For those who have a steady salary or pension, the Church of England suggests people try to give 5% of their take-home income to support their Church. For the student or self-employed, guidelines are harder to suggest; maybe a comparison with spending on social media, social life or sporting activities?
To make an online donation to St Michael’s, to help us maintain the Church and continue our Music & Heritage outreach, please click the blue mydonate bar below. All gifts, small or large, especially from our St Michael’s Diaspora, will be most gratefully received. Alternatively, contact the Treasurer at St Michael’s Church to make a one-off gift or to become a regular donor. Thank you.
Proverbs 3:27 - Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.