Everything we do at St. Mary and St. Martha is a way of giving back joyfully to our God who has joyfully given so much to us. We recognize that giving is a vital part of a healthy and joy-filled relationship with God, and that giving involves not only our financial resources, but our time and talents as well. After all, everything we have – everything! – belongs to God. We are striving to take good care of all God’s gifts for the sake of the world. Join us!
Our focus at SMSM is never simply “paying the bills” but reaching out as the hands and feet of Christ in our neighbourhood. You are invited to join in this work as we seek to bring the love of God not only to those in our growing church family, but to our neighbours and beyond as well.
Ways to Give at SMSM:
Time & Talent:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Frederick Buechner)
We recognize that in an increasingly busy world, your time is one of your most valuable resources. It is a challenge for each of us to steward our time well. At SMSM we recognize that the above quote is true in a profound way. Whether it’s gardening, sewing, accounting, writing, public speaking, mechanics, or any number of other activities: identifying and using your gifts and time in the service of God’s ministry brings deep joy. How might your particular passions and joys be offered in service to the church and the world? Speak with a clergy member to explore this further.
We seek to steward our financial resources carefully and well so that we can best serve our community and our world. We welcome you to be a part of this! There are a number of ways to contribute financially to the church:
• Online Giving through CanadaHelps is a safe and secure way of giving a one-time or recurring gift.
• Preauthorized Remittance (PAR) is a meaningful and convenient way to give. Through PAR automatic debits are withdrawn from your bank account to support the ministry of your local parish. There is no extra charge to you, and it provides a very helpful way for the church to budget accurately throughout the year. See the pre-authorized form here (also available at the church).
• Placing a traditional offering envelope in the offering plate during the service. Each week an offering plate is passed around at a particular moment in the Sunday worship service. This offering time is part of the service because it is a reminder to be thankful for how much God has given us, and an opportunity to give back from God’s gifts to further God’s ministry in this world.
• Legacy giving is a wonderful and thoughtful way to continue to make a difference for years to come. A legacy gift, through a bequest in your will, life insurance, or a gift of appreciated securities, is a gift deferred – a way of expressing your wishes now about how your resources are to be used later. It is an opportunity to benefit the Church and the world for generations to come. Speak with a clergy member to explore this further.
Tax receipts are provided at the end of the year for donations of $20 or above.