St Mary’s is a charity which receives no funding from the government and is entirely dependent on donations and fees to keep operating. During this time of crisis the work of the Church is more important than ever, but we need your support.
If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly, and you can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.
You can donate to the work of St Mary’s Church quickly and easily – either as a one-off or on a regular basis – using your card or by setting up a Direct Debit.
Read more about our Camera Project, and find out how to donate towards its costs.
Other ways to donate
Donate by cheque
You can donate by cheque, payable to “St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk”. Just write your name on the back (so we know who it’s from) and pop it in the post to:
The Parish Office
390 Selby Road
Leeds LS15 0AA
Donate by bank transfer
You can either send a one-off donation or set up a standing order to our bank account. Please add your name to the reference so we know who it’s from.
Account name: St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk
Sort code: 05-00-50
Account number: 11893281
Reference: Your first initial and last name, for example, “J SMITH”
What does my donation do?
The Church exists primarily to worship God and share the Good News of Jesus Christ, through prayer, praise, and works of mercy and charity. We are there for people at the biggest moments of their lives – from the celebration of a new-born child, through marriage and family life, offering support and friendship throughout life, all the way up to visiting the sick, burying the dead, and putting a comforting arm around the lonely and bereaved.
Across the Diocese, the Church of England operates in every single community, the most deprived as well as the most affluent, running schools, foodbanks, homelessness projects, charity fundraisers, and support for the elderly and isolated, amongst many others.
St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk is a Grade 1 listed medieval building, which we are entirely responsible for the maintenance of. We also operate and maintain the surrounding churchyard and the cemetery on Selby Road, the sacred burial space for generations of the residents of this parish. All of this comes at a financial cost.
Your donation will allow us to continue in our work, both within the parish and across the entire Diocese of Leeds. It might be used in a number of ways depending on what we need at the time; it might go towards our day-to-day running costs, it might be used to make a one-off purchase, it may be used to pay our Parish Share, we might put it towards a larger project, or we might invest it for the future.
If you’d like your donations to go towards a specific area of our work then please get in touch to talk about how you’d like your gift to be used.
If you’re a UK taxpayer and haven’t yet made a Gift Aid declaration, you can make one online right now to increase the value of your donation by 25%.
Leave a legacy
Have you made a will? The Church has been here for the best part of 1,000 years; we plan long term and if you would like to do the same by making a bequest of either a specific amount or a percentage of your estate, please either speak to your solicitor or let us know and we’ll be happy to talk with you about this. If you’d like to read more, please see our Legacy Policy.