You can never outgive God

Each year, St Mary’s Church gives a minimum of 10% of all monies received to charity. We believe in being a generous church to those around us. We support a wide range of charities and causes, local, national and international.  We do this through special events and activities as well as direct donations from our members and church funds. 

Summer Fundraiser: 2019

Each summer here at St Mary’s we go all out to raise as much money as we can. We work so hard and our congregation is so generous that our usual target of £1,500 is exceeded. The money we raise is used to fund improvements to our church and centre (this year we’ve got an exciting project to improve our toilets!) but at least half of it is given away to a local charity. Last year we supported Extended Hands  [link to their website at - a charity which helps to give women and girls who may feel isolated, lonely, marginalised or rejected a renewed sense of purpose. 

We know that the money we raise can really make a great difference to the lives of those on the margins of our society and we’re delighted that this year we’ll be fundraising for The Garden House to support them in their work providing advice, information and support to the Peterborough’s rough sleepers..

The Garden House links up with service providers in Peterborough including City Council housing officers, GPs, hairdressers, chiropodists, employment agencies, alcohol and drugs support specialists and arts therapists to give the most needy members in our community all the services, support and advice they need in one centrally located site within the Cathedral precinct. While there are a few paid staff required to run this project, the Garden House is mainly run by volunteers who are kind enough to donate their time. This is why The Garden House is such a special place, because of the love and free gift of time that the volunteers so willingly give.

In the six months after it opened on 8th October 2018 176 rough sleepers came through the doors of The Garden House.  Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said of the project:

“The gentleness and the openness and the sophistication of the approach, the thoughtfulness of the approach, would certainly put right up at the top of the list for good models for this kind of work"

The Garden House will change the lives of those that come through their doors, because people in the darkest of places are given hope and made to feel valued and supported during some of the biggest challenges they will ever face.

If you can support our funding drive by raising money yourself, coming along to one of the events our congregation will be delivering or simply making a donation we’d be very grateful.  Anything you can do to help us reach our funding target would be greatly appreciated by both the church and those who rely on or volunteer at The Garden House.

























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