Our Church | Giving

All giving to St Mary’s goes towards building the vision of this church. St Mary’s is a big show to keep on the road, and like everyone else we have to make ends meet. The bills for the day-to-day running of St Mary’s, the heating, the choir, the Sunday School, our youthwork, running the Parish Office, insurance etc all mount up. Approximately 50% of our total expenditure – over £1350 a week – goes to the Common Fund of the Diocese of London, which pays our vicar’s stipend, housing and pension, as well making a contribution to support parishes less fortunate than our own.

We raise the bulk of this money via our annual stewardship renewal scheme. Members of the church family commit themselves to support the work of St Mary’s through regular, proportional, planned giving by standing order, or through the envelope scheme in the Sunday collection. The Biblical principle is to “tithe” our income – in practice this may mean whatever percentage we believe, after prayer, is right for us, but for some people it does indeed mean 10% shared between church and other charitable causes.

Once a month, on a designated Sunday, we give all the cash in the collection (excluding that given through the envelope scheme) to various charities and mission projects. We support a number of charitable concerns, both at home and abroad.

In addition to honouring our regular commitments, we fundraise for specific projects like our youthwork programme and the organ restoration fund. Donations to the Blueprint Appeal will be used by the PCC for these and other urgent needs.

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Cash can be given in the church collection on a Sunday. Income tax cannot be reclaimed on this money unless it is in a Gift Aid envelope.


You can give cheques on a one-off or regular basis. Cheques should be payable to SMVPH (St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill)

Bankers Order

If you intend to give the same amount regularly then you can use a Bankers Order form. This can be downloaded here, or picked up from the back of church or requested from the Stewardship Secretary.

You can also use the Bank details and set up your own Bankers Order but please e-mail the information to



If you are a tax-payer you can increase the value of your donation through Gift Aid at no extra cost to yourself. This allows St Mary’s to reclaim tax on any donation you make to the value of 25p for every £1 you give. You can download a Gift Aid form here, or obtain one from church. Please return the completed form to the church and we will reclaim the tax on your gift. Remember to notify the church if you cease to be a tax payer.


Giving through your Tax Return

If you are a higher rate tax payer (40%) the church can only claim back  at the standard rate on your gift.

You can then reclaim the remaining tax paid on any gifts in your annual tax return. You should do this in the year of the gift wherever possible. If you wish this part of your tax relief to be given to St Mary’s, Primrose Hill, you can request on your tax return that the Inland Revenue does this. You will need to quote reference number KAJ20XG in your return.

Cathy Howard, our Stewardship Secretary, will be glad to supply you with any of the appropriate forms, and will be happy to answer any questions entirely confidentially.


Are You Willing?

Have you thought of remembering St Mary’s in your will? Leaving a gift in your Will to St Mary’s is one way you can make a real and lasting difference. It also has the advantage of reducing your inheritance tax liability. There are various types of legacies:

  • a specific percentage of your total estate (perhaps %5 or 10%)
  • a residual legacy – this is the amount left after all the specific legacies have been made.
  • a specific amount of cash.

In each case the wording you should use is:

“I give to the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, in the Diocese of London, the sum of £x (or x% of my residuary estate) free of duty to be applied as to both capital and income by them for such purposes specified in Section 5 of the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 as are charitable; and I declare that the receipt of the PCC Treasurer or other proper officer of the Council shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees.”