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We believe that a vital part of belonging is helping to ‘pay the bills’. Making a regular financial contribution to the work of the local church is not only biblical but a very practical way of standing shoulder to shoulder with the whole church and demonstrating your commitment and support.
The work of St Mary’s is all financed entirely from the contributions of its members. Additional income is raised through the commercial letting of the Family Centre to local groups for the upkeep of these facilities.

A full financial report, audited accounts and annual budget is published each year and made available at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The elected PCC scrutinises and authorises expenditure throughout the year.
We endeavour to give 10% of money received by St Mary’s  to various charities and  overseas agencies and sometimes we will take up offerings in the event of a disaster or special missionary need. These are taken in addition to regular giving.
Visitors to the church are under no obligation to give.
How can you give?

On a Sunday: Collections are taken as part of our worship at each of our Sunday services.

By Standing Order:By far the easiest and most tax-efficient form of giving, helpful for our own budgeting, is to set up a monthly Standing Order: you can download a form (PDF format) here or pick one up on Sunday. If you are a UK taxpayer, please fill in the Gift Aid declaration in order for us to claim back 25 pence for each pound donated.

By Bank Transfer: to Account Name: St. Mary’s Church, Arnold. Account number 30724777, Sort code 40-08-46. Please ensure that your name is included when you make a transfer or email your name and donation amount to our Treasurer Brian West ( as this enables us to claim back Gift Aid where appropriate.
If you have any questions about giving to St Mary’s  please talk to our Treasurer or one of the Church Wardens.

St. Mary's is registered as a charity. Our charity registration number is 1134021.
The Giving Machine
If you register with ‘’ you’ll be able to shop on line with all your usual retailers donate the money to us at the same time (for Free!). Once you’ve registered with The Giving Machine you just need to go to choose your cause (St Mary’s Church Arnold) and type in the name of the retailer you’d like to shop with and it
sends you to their site, but we get a donation on your purchases. If you download their ‘find a store’ link, even if you forget to use their site a little heart will appear and remind you that you can make a donation (for free) with this particular retailer.

This is an easy way to give to St. Mary's and potentially could be quite lucrative. Ist Bowdens Scout Group raised over £1,400 in one year. We have raised over £50 so far!

If you need further information please contact Larrie Thompson (  

Unfortunately, Amazon had decided NOT to partner with The Giving Machine any longer but it has now set up its own charity giving named “Amazon Smile”.  After a few days of convoluted registration, we are now members.  As they have used the Charity Commission to gain their information we are listed as “The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclestiastical Parish Of St Mary, Arnold”.  Don’t comment on the spelling it is what the Charity Commission have and how it appears on the website!  Below is some information to help you get started:

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the same shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
Once set up, to shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I set up St.Mary's as the charitable organisation?
On your first visit to you need to select a charitable organisation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Put our charity number 1134021 in the search box. This will take you to our charity. Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the programme.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations to charities by Amazon. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Can I change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

How much of my purchase does donate?
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, VAT, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns, and bad debt. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organisations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by AmazonSmile and are not tax deductible by you.

Thank you!
Giving has always been an important part of church life and we have recently come across an old booklet from 1960 at the time the Family Centre was started.
Please take a look.

This page was last altered on 21 September 2019

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