How you can give to our work in reponse to C-19
How we're using the money
At St. Mary's we look to share the love of Jesus through our relationships, our words and through providing practical help and support. If you'd like to read about the work that we were doing to serve our community before the current crisis please click here.
Since the coronavirus pandemic our work has become even more urgent. We are supporting our community in the following ways:
Food Parcels ('Mary's Meals' and 'Chippy Larder')
Mary's Meals is partnering with the Chippy Larder to distribute food to anyone in need during this crisis. The parcels are delivered each Friday.
We run Mary's Meals from "The Branch", which is our newly acquired building on Market Place.). We purchased the building to eventually transform it into a centre of social activity; serving the community, and providing practical support. Currently the building looks more like Iceland(!), hosting 12 freezers all brimming with food to be distributed to those in need.
At the end of April we had 37 delivery drivers delivering 270 deliveries (Chippy Larder boxes and Mary’s Meals). 130 families received Mary’s Meals, with a total of 900 individual meals going out.
We're currently putting together 200 craft bags each week with bright, interesting activity sheets as well as all the materials and stationery needed to make a fun craft for the week. (We also managed to include a few treats around Easter time!) The craft bags are being supplemented by uploads on the Creating Space Instagram account, making it an interactive experience for the families involved.
This is a stressful and bewildering time for children and the gratitude we've received from the families has been heartfelt. For families, to receive a free gift each week, at a time when there may be few treats and children are missing friends and routines, has proved invaluable.
Supporting local business
We've taken every opportunity to support local businesses, by buying from them, partnering with them in creative ways, and using their facilities and expertise wherever possible. We'd love to see our local businesses survive this difficult period, so we're doing what we can to support them too.
We know that the after-effects of this crisis will be felt for a long time. We're committed to the families, businesses and schools in this town. We've love serving our community through the Primary School, the CAP Debt Centre, Food Bank, The Store and our summer event "Pandemonium in the Park", amongst others.
We have ambitious plans to help our community even more through our recent purchase of the old Natwest bank, with a view to creating "The Branch", a community hub providing practical support to anyone in our town. We know that in the aftermath of this crisis this facility will be needed even more than ever. We would love to have enough funds to continue to build hope, opportunities and give help to anyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic in an ongoing way.
How to give
The easiest way to give is via our Give.net page. Simply click here.
Click on "Include any details and/or your reference number" (just after the box where you enter the amount) and mark your gift as "C-19" to make sure your gift goes towards our work responding to the coronavirus crisis.
Using your online banking
If you'd like to give a larger amount and want to avoid St. Mary's Church paying transaction fees on your gift then please click here to download a form. Use the bank details on the form to make your gift, marking it as "C-19", and if you wish to Gift Aid please fill in the form and send it to Emily O'Shea at the address on the top of the form, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make any cheques out to "St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton" and send them to Emily O'Shea, Church Office, The Parish Rooms, Church Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5NT. Please mark as "C-19" on the back.
There's a card machine in the church porch if you're heading that way to donate food, collect craft bags, or during your daily exercise. You'll need to tap the screen, so please use the hand gel provided.
All gifts will be treated as completely confidential by our giving team. Thank you so much for your support for our community.