It was said in the early church that ‘… they shared everything they had … And much grace was upon them all.’ Acts 4:32-33.
Giving and Grace go together. As God gives to us in grace, so we give to others and to his work. It is a natural response to his love for us. In the last few years God has been very generous to us as a church. Not just thinking of the Centre, which is a huge gift, but the growth in numbers and spiritual understanding.
Despite the financial climate, we must now set our minds on giving to God’s work. It is good to annually review our financial commitment to ensure the work goes on. The New Testament gives a clear direction as to how much we should give.
We should give:
- Cheerfully, not from cold duty but with joy.
- Regularly, not haphazardly but planned.
- Proportionately, according to our income.
- Responsibly, bearing in mind how much it costs to continue the ministry of the church.
‘For God loves a cheerful giver.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7
‘God gives generously to all without finding fault.’ James 1:5
‘They (gifts) are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.’ Philippians 4:18
There are different ways to give to the church, through:
- the Parish Giving scheme
- Stewardship Online
- one-off gifts
- bequests in one’s will
- the collection box at services
Under the Gift Aid scheme, the PCC can reclaim basic rate tax on all donations you make through the Parish Church. If you are new to the scheme you will be required to complete a very simple declaration and we will provide the necessary form.
Please consider carefully your financial response for God’s work in the parish. Fill in a form at the Church and return to the Church Office. All responses are strictly confidential.
Our bank details
If you would like to make a gift or send a payment by bank transfer, please reference your surname, etc, and send us an email (to prompt us that a payment is coming into the account). Contact Us
Nat West Bank
PCC St Andrew’s Churchdown
Sort code: 60 09 02
Account No: 69017867