Become A Friend of St Arvans Church

What is a Friend?  A Friend can be anyone who has any form of connection with the church.   Those who live in the Parish; those who have visited the church to enjoy its beauty, history, or architectural origins; those who have ties with the Parish but have now moved away, those who may not share the faith of the church but are happy to support the upkeep of an historic and beautiful building.

Like many ancient churches, St Arvans has a continual need for regular repairs and restoration work.   At present all of the costs fall on the worshipping congregation, as does the maintenance of the churchyard

What do They do?  Our Friends will help contribute towards the costs of preservation of the fabric of the church, towards repairs, replacement of major items, and help with the maintenance costs of fixtures of special importance.   A Friend is not expected to provide funds for general housekeeping costs of the church (heating, lighting, costs of services etc) as these will continue to be borne by the worshipping community.

Why become a Friend?   By becoming a Friend you will be associated with the following:

  • Helping to preserve the parish church in good condition to hand on to future generations.
  • The church being available to all for family occasions, baptism, weddings, funerals, whether or not they attend church regularly.
  • The church continuing to be part of the rural scene and enhancing our village heritage for all to enjoy.

How do I become a Friend?   To become a Friend all you need to do is complete the form, taking out annual membership, life membership, or by making a one-off donation.   If you are a UK taxpayer you can gift aid your subscription or donation.  This will enable us to increase the value by reclaiming the tax from the Government.

All subscriptions will be held in a separate bank account.   Friends will receive a regular newsletter to keep them advised of what has been happening in the church and  village.