The Bible talks a lot about money and what we do with it — there's around 2000 verses. The gospels record that Jesus spoke more about this subject than almost all others: more than heaven and hell. church, leadership, sexual ethics... This is clearly a subject that Jesus wants us to think about even if it's not always a comfortable thing to do!
There is a clear principle throughout the Bible that we ought to give some of our income away. the exact amount we give is up to us. We're encouraged to give what we have decided in our hearts to give (2 Cor 9:7) - in other words, it's between us and God. The Bible suggests anything from 10% of what we have to stories of those who Jesus asked to give 100% away. The amount is not as important as the attitude with which we give. We're instructed to give "not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7).
Let's not be stingy or tight-fisted givers! Let's give back to God with glad and thankful hearts for all that he has given to us — he is amazing!
God has blessed us with so much! Even when we might feel poor we still have so much more than the vast majority of people in the world. The wealth we have is a gift from God — we ought to be thankful to him for it — but we should also understand that he has given to us to us so we can give to others.
When Jesus talks about giving he does so with the expectation that we already give. He doesn't command us to give because he assumes this is something that followers of God do anyway. Instead he instructs us about the right attitude to give with; not boastfully or with a proud heart but privately and sacrificially with a heart of compassion (Matt 6:1-4; Lk 21:1-4).
God doesn't need our money to build his Kingdom; but he does choose to use all that we give to him to see his Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. Every penny you give to the church is used in one way or another for the Kingdom of God either here in our community or across the world. As a church we support mission and ministry here in the UK but also in some of the neediest parts of God's earth. If we are committed to God we will also be committed to building his Kingdom through his church.
For those whose income is reliable and sufficient to allow them put aside a certain amount to give each month then setting up a standing order to the church is the best way. Unlike a Direct Debit you're in charge of your standing orders. You can change or cancel them at any time. Knowing how much money is likely to come in helps the treasurer with budgeting too!
If your income is more erratic then a bank transfer may work for you. Most banks allow you to do this via telephone or online. Call your bank or login to your account online. The church's bank account details are given below.
Some people are used to the routine of dropping a cheque or cash in a collection bag during our Sunday service. For those who attend church regularly and remember to bring their offering this is a wonderful way to give. If you are a tax payer using Gift Aid please arrange with the treasurer to have envelopes prepared for you so all your giving can be properly accounted for.
We are in the process of setting up a system to allow you to make your offering via Debit or Credit card. Tax payers will be able to ensure that their Gift Aid is applied to their donation. This is slightly less efficient than than arranging a standing order or bank transfer as a small service charge will be deducted by the operating company.
This is a wonderful way to support God's Kingdom through his church. These are the kind of gifts that often help a church "reach our more" (employ more staff or refurbish our buildings). Please prayerfully consider whether you will be able to leave some of your estate to the church. Ask our minister or treasurer for details if you would like to know more.