Simple Ways to Help...

There are many ways you can support the work we do in our benefice. Come along to a service or event, volunteer a little of your time or skills, provide a little financial support through the collection plates or by donations - but most of all we want you to spread the Word - we are here to share the joy of living a life in Christ, however we can, whenever we can, where ever we can.

Perhaps you would like to contribute financially, but don't know how to go about it, or how to help us make the most of your gifts.  Have a look on Giving for Growth to find out more.  If you would like to be involved in the upkeep of the fabric of our fabulous Grade I listed building, you can join The Friends of St Margaret of Antioch Church.

Here at St Margaret's, we've teamed up with to make it possible to donate to St Margaret's Church funds via text giving - I'm sure you've all seen adverts on telly whereby you text a keyword followed by a number to donate that same amount, and this is exactly what you can do for us now!
All you have to do is text the word STMARGS followed by a number between 1 and 20 to 70085, and you will donate that amount, eg text STMARGS5 to donate £5. It will cost you the donation amount plus your standard message rate, and 95% of your donation will go directly to help us. You will also have the option to Gift Aid your donation, if appropriate.

We now have a card reader in church to allow you to make contactless donations.

Never know what to do with those empty printer ink cartridges?  Just pop them into the Empties Please recycling box in St Margaret's Church porch and we can send them for recycling and get paid for each cartridge they can process.  Don't worry about which cartridges you can contribute to the scheme, we will sort them out, and any that can't go to Empties Please will be sent back to the manufacturer under their own recycling schemes.  Most companies operate a free returns envelope scheme, so there is no cost to us.

We raise funds, which help off-set our own printing costs, you find a home for your empties and nothing goes to waste!

Stewardship - it's a word we think we understand the definition of, but it is actually more complex than it first appears. "It's just looking after something, isn't it?" Well, yes it is, but what does that encompass? There is the concept of ownership - just whose is it, that we are looking after? Owners have rights, stewards have responsibilities. There is accountability - who are we being stewards for? It is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted into one's care. It is the foundation of what our church PCC's (Parochial Church councils) do, to strive to sustain and build our church communities. We are approaching a period of change, reflection and renewal, and how we can best utilise and grow our resources, both personnel and financial, is going to be much discussed. Please consider ways that you may be able to enhance your support of our local churches, as we can all take on the role of steward in some form or other.