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The Mission Giving Scheme

All Saints Marlow is one of four churches within the Marlow Area (4U) Team of Churches – the Parish of Great Marlow and Marlow Bottom with Little Marlow and Bisham. Together we have a single vision: we are ordinary people led by an extraordinary God, whose love inspires us to welcome everyone, to serve our communities and to grow as we follow Jesus together. Jesus taught that the church is a community of people who follow him and who live not for themselves but for God and for others.

What is Mission Giving?

We have an abundantly generous God. Jesus’s death on the cross was the ultimate demonstration of that generosity. How should we respond? With worship, with service, with humility, with giving and living generously. Giving is an outworking of our faith. Generosity is part of our worship and discipleship; it’s how we help make a difference in the world; and it’s an indication of the vibrancy of our Christian communities.

At All Saints Marlow, we understand that giving is an act of gratitude and response for all that God has given us; and we seek to give back a portion of our resources and our time for God’s work in the world.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Our Parish is self-supporting. Our income comes from the people who attend our churches.

The parish gives just under a half of its income to the Parish Share Scheme run by the Diocese of Oxford. The Parish Share is the amount of money that each parish is asked to contribute to support the mission and ministry of the Church in the Diocese of Oxford.

This money pays for the clergy both in this parish and in poorer parishes of the diocese, as well as training costs and other diocesan and national Church support costs.

As well as giving to the Parish Share Scheme, financial gifts given to All Saints Marlow are used to support the church’s ministries of worship, discipleship and service; to maintain the church facilities; pay salaries of non-clergy staff; and to fund witness and mission both locally and globally.

These latter elements are what we call ‘Mission Giving’; and the ‘Mission Giving Scheme’ is the way in which the church undertakes Mission Giving, by giving oneoff donations to multiple causes/needs throughout the calendar year. The generosity of the people who attend our church allows us to distribute over £3,000 via the Mission Giving Scheme each year.

What is the Mission Giving Group?

The Mission Giving Group is a subcommittee of the Church Council, that plans and coordinates our Mission Giving as a church to local needs/causes and those further afield. The Mission Giving Group oversees the operation of the Mission Giving Scheme. Current Mission Giving Group members (who are also members of the Church Council) are: Anne Morse, Paul Taylor and Tony Pepperell.

What we support

All Saints Marlow gives to causes at home and abroad that link with our Parish’s vision and eight priorities; and that have a personal link to church members. We give one-off donations to multiple causes/needs throughout the calendar year via the Mission Giving Scheme. We like to assist in areas of greatest need. Our Vision: We are ordinary people led by an extraordinary God, whose love inspires us to welcome everyone, serve our communities and grow as we follow Jesus together.

Our Eight Priorities:

  • Spirit led;
  • Giving generously;
  • Proactive in our community;
  • Using our gifts;
  • Innovating;
  • Focus on families and young people;
  • Growing discipleship;
  • Attracting more people;

We use the ‘Five Marks of Mission’ of the worldwide Anglican Communion to ensure a balance in our commitment to various aspects of mission and to guide our decisions:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  • To respond to human need by loving service;
  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation;
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

In addition to the money given through the Mission Giving Scheme, each year the people who attend All Saints Marlow collect locally during Christian Aid Week, sponsor children in various areas of the world through ‘Compassion’, and go on mission trips. Donations and events to support One Can Trust Foodbank, Wycombe Homeless Connection and Marlow Refugee Action Group are held; and Children’s Society box collections take place during Advent. At the discretion of the Church Leadership Team, special retiring collections during services also occur throughout the year to support specific disaster appeals and fundraising requests.

Who can apply to the Mission Giving Scheme?

Any person who attends All Saints Marlow can suggest a project/cause/ person/charity with which they have some personal connection, to which they would like All Saints Marlow to give a one-off sum of money. The person making the suggestion must complete a Mission Giving Scheme Application Form, and give/send it to the Parish Office (for the attention of the Mission Giving Group). Copies of the Mission Giving Scheme Application Form can be collected from the leaflet rack at the back of the church building; or an electronic copy can be requested by sending an email to parish.office@4u-team.org

The process

We do not have deadlines for receiving applications; we deal with them as they are submitted and received. We encourage potential applicants to read the information provided and to understand the church’s vision for Mission Giving before making an application.

Every application is received by our Mission Giving Group, who check that it is complete; and then review and consider it. On average, it takes between three and six weeks for an application to be processed, to be considered by the Mission Giving Group and for the decision to be communicated to the applicant. We take great care in reviewing each application individually.

The Mission Giving Group will acknowledge receipt of each application form; and will consider the application within eight weeks of receipt. The applicant will be notified of the decision of the Group. The Mission Giving Group may decide to give the full amount requested, or an amount less than the amount requested.

On occasion, the Group will decline to support the request, at their discretion. Any donations of £250 or less can be decided upon by the Mission Giving Group and agreed by the Church Wardens, without reference to the Church Council.

All donations over £250 need the approval of the Church Council.