GIVING & GENEROSITY
‘God gives to all generously and ungrudgingly… Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father.’ (James 1:5, 17)
Our God is relentlessly, extravagantly generous. Part of what it means to follow Jesus is to be generous too – generous with our time, our friendship, our money. Giving financially is a part of our worship. We give to others in response to God’s generosity to us, trusting he will always provide for our needs.
Some of us are struggling financially at this time. If this is you, please don’t feel pressured. Be generous with what you do have: if you’ve got extra time on your hands, you could generously give that to others by telephoning them, making resources for the NHS, or praying for people.
For those of us who are able, this is a time to be giving to those in need: foodbanks, refuges, charities. Many who give regularly to church have been asking how to keep doing this during lockdown. Here are three ways:
We are setting up a system for online giving so you can make donations via our website. Watch this space!
Parish Giving Scheme
The best way to give regularly. The Parish Giving Scheme works by direct debit and factors in Gift-Aid. If you would like more information or to sign up, contact Gus on email@example.com
If you normally give by cash on a Sunday, why not set aside a jar or envelope at home? Every Sunday when you join in worship with television, YouTube or by yourself, put some cash in the jar and say a short prayer:
‘Father God, everything we have is yours, and of your own do we give you.
Receive this gift as a token of my life, and use it for your Kingdom. Amen.’
We are really thankful for all of the ways our community is showing generosity in this time. As a church we are committed to showing the love of God in word and action to those who are in need. To do this, we do need money. So if you are able, please take some time to reflect and ask God how he is leading you in this time.