For those who live in or near Redlynch in Wiltshire the image below will be instantly recognisable as our Parish Church in Lover. The building has in fact been here for 183 years, during which time many thousands of people have been through its doors, some of whom now lie at peace in its churchyard.
But, did you know that the running of the church, including the cost of maintaining the building and churchyard and contributing towards the stipend and pensions of clergy, falls entirely on the PCC and congregation?
Averaged over the last three years our expenditure on running costs works out at around £600 per week which is a huge burden on a relatively small number of people. Over the past two years we have also incurred significant expenditure for the renovation of our 19th century clock and we are currently obtaining estimates for some necessary maintenance work to the building and to repair storm damage.
The funding currently comes mostly from church collections and regular donors. This is then topped up by fees for funerals and weddings, income from the parish magazine and our fundraising activities including our Gift Day on 15th August which is an annual event when we seek your support, whether you live locally or far away, have a connection with our church or just have a love of Victorian church buildings.
If you are willing to help us maintain this iconic building for future generations and as a symbol of a Christian presence in our community, please contribute as much as you can - all donations large or small will be gratefully received. If you can add Gift Aid to your donation it will be worth an extra 25% to us.
£10.00 maintains the church building for one week.
St Mary's is the Parish Church of Redlynch in Wiltshire within the
Salisbury Diocese. The church building is Victorian having been
consecrated in 1837 and now forms part of the Forest & Avon Team