We participate in the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS).   PGS has been introduced by the Diocese of Portsmouth as a method of extending our reach to donors who prefer automatic direct debit based systems to the traditional ways of making regular donations.

PGS (Parish Giving Scheme Ltd; Registered Charity 1156606) is based in Gloucester and is a central church not for profit organisation.  The cost of administering this scheme is paid by the Diocese of Portsmouth.

PGS offers a convenient and secure method of making your regular contributions to St Mary’s by Direct Debit.  If you so wish, you may also choose to have your donation automatically increased by inflation each year (or decreased if inflation is negative). In addition, you may choose to remain anonymous to St Mary’s, but still donate via PGS if you prefer.  Gift Aid is claimed automatically from HMRC by PGS automatically where appropriate, and the donation including the 25% Gift Aid is paid to St Mary’s within a few days of the direct debit from your bank account.  This saves our Treasurer time in claiming the Gift Aid manually each year on each donation, and improves cash flow for St Mary’s.

Some people are cautious of Direct Debits.  There is no need to be as they are the only method of payment that is covered by a guarantee.  More information is available at or (search for “direct debit”).

To enable PGS to run cost effectively and efficiently, all donations are debited on the same date.  The first of the month was chosen as an appropriate point in the month based on 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV): On the first day of each week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

Participants in the Parish Giving Scheme are able to place tokens on the collection plate at Worship in lieu of their normal gift.  This indicates that they participate in PGS and enables them to continue to express an act of offering during the course of Worship.

If you have any questions at all about the new scheme, please contact Iain Wilkie or send an email to and we will respond as soon as possible.