St Michael & St Mary Magdalene

Joining Us

One way of expressing your desire to belong to the church is by joining the Electoral Roll. You are able to do this if you live in the parish or if you are a regular worshipper with us.  The form for applying for membership will be issued after an interview with a member of the Clergy.  Please visit or call the Parish Office to arrange an appointment.

Joining the Electoral Roll is important if you are wanting a child or children to attend the local Church of England Schools (St Michael's Easthampstead and Ranelagh) as this is one of the criteria that they look at. If you are a regular worshipper it would be a shame if your children are not able to get into a church school so do this as a matter of urgency.

The church is dependent on the regular giving of its members, if you join the Electoral Roll we hope you will support our life and Mission.  See below for ways to do this.

GIVING

The life and mission of the church is dependent upon the giving of the people who worship there. It costs more than £2000 a week to run the church and all that goes on from this place. All this money has to come from the regular, sacrificial (yes it does hurt!) giving of those who are offering themselves to God in worship.

How much should I give?

This is a question that you have to answer for yourself depending upon your circumstances. The Church of England's recommendation is that it should be 5% to the life of the church. That sounds, and is, a lot but faith is something that demands all us. People's circumstances vary but certainly just giving the loose change in our pocket is not enough. Prayerful, careful thought will lead you to decide how much you should give.

How can I give?

Most of our regular givers do so by Bank Standing Orders. This means that you can include your giving in your regular monthly outgoings. It also means that the Church Treasurer can budget for the Church!  You can download a Standing Order and Online Banking Form here.

green giftaid it logoIf you have to pay tax then please Gift Aid your giving. This doesn't cost you any more but it means that the Church can claim the tax that you have paid. This means that for each £1 that you give the church gets £1.25. You can download a Gift Aid Declaration Form here.

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