Giving

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.

Food Bank - Exeter

Food Bank - Exeter

The Exeter Food Bank, Network Foodbank | Trussell Trust

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Thandigudi Goodwill Trust Children's Home - India

Thandigudi Goodwill Trust Children's Home - India

The Goodwill Children's Home, at Thandigudi, India | Goodwill Trust

History of Goodwill Children's Homes
The story of Goodwill began in Tamil Nadu in the 1970s when a couple of school teachers established the first home for younger children at Thandigudi. In the years which followed they expanded the operation on that site and built a base of supporters in the United Kingdom and further afield. The object of Goodwill from the earliest years was to provide care and education for destitute children in a small part of Tamil Nadu which included both an area of plains (around Dindigul) and the Palani Hills around Thandigudi.

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Community of Al-Khalil - Syria

Community of Al-Khalil - Syria

Professor Emma Loosley's lecture on 2nd July 2014 at St. Michael's was followed by a retiring collection, from which half the proceeds was sent to the Al Khalil community in Syria, of which she was a part.
Emma has, at our request, sent details of how you can still donate to the charitable work of the community, which is working for refugees regardless of their religion inside Syria (aid generally is targeted at helping refugees who have left the country).

Emma says:
Below please find the details of the Community bank account - Jihad is Fr. Jihad, who is joint acting superior of the Community of Al-Khalil with Sr. Huda whilst the fate of Fr. Paolo remains unknown. He holds the account with Sr. Deema because she is studying for a doctorate at the Gregoriana and can administer the Community finances in Italy. Deema returns to Syria every summer and takes cash across the border from Lebanon, as Syria has been cut off from international banking networks by sanctions - it means one of the Community has to make the hazardous crossing backwards and forwards to Beirut as the only way of bringing in donations from outside, but the alternative is starvation.

To find out more, googling "Deir Mar Musa" will bring hundreds (if not thousands!) of hits as most visitors refer to the monastery when they mean to refer to the Community who live there and look for "Mar Musa" rather than "Al-Khalil".

Please make donations direct to the bank account, with bank details as follow:

YOUSSEF JIHAD e FAYYAD DEEMA
Banca UNICREDIT. Agenzia di Cori (Lt)
IBAN IT 22 X 02008 73961 000102706658
BIC Swift: UNCRITM1C94

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Donations to support St Michael's Mount Dinham

Donations to support St Michael's Mount Dinham

The Heritage & Music Development Fund (also known as the "Organ Fund") was set up to receive gifts to develop outreach through heritage and music at St Michael's. The Heritage Lottery Fund 3 year "Our Heritage" Project has provided us with a fine pipe organ, peregrine webcam and superb website. A Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund Project has repaired and renewed our rainwater goods.
Now we need money for ongoing maintenance and use of the Church building - for worship and pastoral care, the Lecture Series, Concerts and other events.
Your support is much appreciated. Thank you.

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